Handmade Valentine Cards: The Amazing All-in-one Envelope

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Handmade Valentine Cards: The Amazing All-in-one Envelope If you like to make your own Valentines but you're pressed for time (or have a small and impatient child like me), all-in-one Envelope Valentines could be the way to go. Turning a heart-shape into both a Valentine and an envelope is a delightful way to surprise the card's recipient. This handmade Valentine card is … [Read more...]

Kids Valentine Ideas – How to Set up a Self-serve Card Station

How to set up a self-serve Kids Valentine Card Station

There are some adorable store-bought Valentine Card options for kids, but there's nothing quite like making your own Valentine's Day cards. One of my strongest Valentine's Day memories is of cutting and pasting doilies with hand-cut hearts, and this is a tradition that I'm excited to pass along to my own children. One of the most successful strategies for encouraging … [Read more...]

30 Valentine Activities for Kids

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This mother-lode of Valentine activities for kids (toddlers, preschoolers, and any other hands-on kids) covers everything from cards to treats. With 30 Valentine activities for kids here, this should keep us all busy until St. Patrick's Day! If you're so inclined to roll up your sleeves and make something for Valentine's Day, here are thirty Valentine activities for kids to … [Read more...]

6 Kids Valentines Day Activities

6 Kids Valentines Activities

We've been crafting up a Valentine's storm, which mostly means that three-year old N has been collaging all our self-serve bits and bobs of Valentine goodness into a taped-up, glued, and spackled hodge podge of Valentine craziness. In other words, we've been having fun, but it's not something anyone else would likely take inspiration from or worth blogging about! That said, … [Read more...]

Self-serve Valentines for Kids

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I’m working on a project with the San Francisco Children’s Creativity Museum, and one of the ideas we’re playing with is to create a buffet-style selection of materials for children to choose from in our DIY art zone. I’ll share some of our activities with you soon, but in the meantime I thought you might like to see how this strategy has manifested itself in my own … [Read more...]

Valentine Snack

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Since we started cutting hearts in our house last month, I've grown to love Valentine's Day in ways I didn't foresee. Actually, forget Valentine's Day -- holidays in general have taken on a whole new meaning with children in the house. Everything is amplified. The mailman's delivery foretells the arrival of potential Valentines. Cookies have to be made. Sprinkles are added to … [Read more...]

Deconstructed Valentines

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Our neighborhood market does a good job at displaying an appealing array of holiday goodies just as you enter, and I'm often a sucker for such marketing ploys. They recently set up a lavish Valentine's ordeal, and before even getting close to the milk aisle, I already had a shaker of heart sprinkles and a Fancy Nancy Valentine's Day book in my hands. N skimmed through … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Heart Prints

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"A life without love is like a year without summer." - Swedish proverb Now that our light-up snowman and twinkly lights have finally come down (yes, we're those people!), we've been talking up Valentine's Day and all things hearts. While I see it as a holiday full of commercial hype and overpriced flowers, I'm reminded that for children it can be full of play and joy … [Read more...]

Drawing on Doilies

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Do you have any doilies in the back of a cabinet that could use a little marker and sticker beautification? Why limit yourself to plain ol' 8.5 x 11 paper when there are so many paper options out there? We've been experimenting with drawing on teeny-tiny paper, gigantic rolls of paper, coffee filters, post-its, tape, and now doilies. I love browsing dollar stores … [Read more...]