With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this Creative Table invites children to make Valentine’s Day Cards that are sure to delight not only the children in your home.
One of our favorite ways to engage children at the art table is by setting up invitations to create. Toward this end, we started the Creative Table series as a way to capture easy set-ups and inspiring ideas that encourage creative and independent thinking.
All you have to do is gather some basic supplies, set them up, and then let the creativity begin…
Valentine’s Day Cards
- Pre-made blank cards or cardstock cut into card-size pieces
- Glue sticks or PVA glue
- Child-friendly scissors
- Decorative Paper
- Waste basket to collect scraps
- Self-inking Valentine stamps or stamps and ink pads
- Decorative Paper ideas: wrapping paper, tissue paper, scrapbook paper, candy foil wrappers, doilies
- Treasures: googly eyes, sequins, foam hearts, stickers
- Hole punchers and ribbon
Set up your table Valentine’s Day Cards Table
Clear your table. If it’s looking a little messy (like ours usually does), take a minute to clear everything unessential off. Our art table is marked up, so we often cover it with this awesome butcher paper (Amazon) or oilcloth (Amazon) to make it extra inviting. Oilcloth is especially nice because it can be wiped clean after each use, but keep in mind that if it has a busy pattern it could be distracting.
Set up the materials for the Valentine’s Day Cards
Center of the Table:
- Stack of pre-folded blank cards
- Bowl full of scraps (pre-cut hearts, shiny paper, and doilies)
- Bowl of self-inking Valentine stamps
In front of each station:
- One pre-folded blank card
- Stack of patterned paper
- Glue Stick
Now it’s time to get creative!
Tip for making art with kids: When my children have new ideas that vary from mine, such as using materials that aren’t on the table or using them in a way I hadn’t anticipated, I’ll embrace it. This is the time to encourage independent ideas and creative thinking. Children experience new materials and stimuli differently than we do, and we can look at these moments with awe. Who knows, your child may give YOU a new way to make things…mine often do!
More Valentine’s Day Inspiration
Our Valentine’s Day board on Pinterest
Make an All-in-one Valentine Envelope
5 easy steps to set up a TinkerLab at home.