By the time we get to February, I am all candied out. Christmas candy has finally been cleared out of the pantry and the last crumbs of birthday cake (Camden's) have been nibbled. It is time to get friendly with spinach smoothies and snacks made of real food.
And then comes Valentine's Day. More sweet treats from friends at school. While I love how thoughtful it is that classmates share candy hearts and cherry lollipops with my little guy, I never look forward to the huge bag of candy that threatens to take up residence in my recently organized panty.
So, every year, I seek alternatives to the candy-type Valentines my children will surely bring home. I have found it pretty easy to find cute, simple, and CHEAP options for Valentines that are not simply sugar. I have also found that making our own Valentines encourages my kids to be creative and to take pride in making something special for someone else.
Here are a couple of our past Valentines.
I borrowed the idea for these backpack charms from a Parenting magazine. Not only are they super cute, but stringing them was great hand/eye coordination practice for Camden. I cut out the hearts, and he glued them together and strung the beads. He felt so proud to hand them out!
We made these for Camden's two year old buddies. Click here to purchase astronaut figures. Use a red sharpie to paint a heart on each figure. Make the cards using clip art for the moon, a fun font for the words, and kitchen twine to tie it all together.
My friend, Molly (Another Slice of LiFE Blog) shared these Mad Lib Valentines with me. I LOVE the idea of gifting kids with something that will encourage literacy instead of give them cavities! Brilliant.
As for us this year? I printed out these notecards and Camden wrote his friends' names and signed his own name on them. Then we stuck a mini soccer ball in a party favor bag and tied it all up with some ribbon.
How about you? Are you helping your little one make his/her Valentines this year? I'd love to see what you come up with!