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Happy Belated Valentine’s Day

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Did everyone have a good Valentine’s Day (or Single’s Awareness Day, if you prefer?) đŸ˜‰

This year I took the easy way out. Typically, we hand-make our valentines. But this year, our teacher specifically requested that we NOT do any Valentine’s with candy. To make my life easy, I just went and bought one of the Valentine’s box packages that came with 30 cards and stickers (x 2 – one for each kid). The boxes I got cost $2.99 each, so I was out-the-door for under $6. Instead of spending hours crafting and creating each valentine, we spent our time carefully handwriting each classmate’s name onto the card (in past years, teachers had always said just to leave the “TO” name blank, but this year we received a class list so we could address each card). Great reading/hand-writing practice, fun for the kids, and easy and simple for this momma!

But that doesn’t mean we didn’t craft at all! The kids’ class had a Valentine’s party and our teacher asked for volunteers to bring in crafts to do with the kids. I volunteered, offering up one of the crafts we’ve done with the girls for a previous Valentine’s Day!

I used a free printable and printed up enough pages for each student to have one (find printable here, original source here). I raided our gift-wrapping box and used tissue paper we already had (we had red & white), and I supplemented by buying a cheap pack of purple and pink (for 99 cents, each). I used markers and glue sticks I already had on-hand and my craft was complete! We had enough for the entire class and I’d only spent $2!

One of my kiddos, working on her craft! <3

 

Hubs and I were super low-key this year. We didn’t exchange gifts or go out to dinner. We got a $5 Hot and Ready pizza so I didn’t have to cook, and we watched a movie together after the kids went to bed. But, really and truly, I received my absolute FAVORITE Valentine (possibly of all time, ever) from my kid the day after Valentine’s Day. We were driving to school and when she got out at the curb, she handed this to me. I had no idea she was even working on this in the car on the way to school. Th scrap of paper is from our craft box. My kids are 5-years-old, so writing is still very new to them. This is the FIRST time that I’ve had her write something for me (or to me, really) without me dictating all the letters! My heart grew about 3 sizes and just about burst when I read: “I Love Mom and Dad!” (some typos, but you get the idea). Plus, the whole thing is lined with x’s and o’s for hugs and kisses! AAAAAHHHHHH, kids know just how to get you in the old heart-strings!

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely and low-cost Valentine’s Day, too! Did you do any fun crafts or receive any special hand-made gifts from kids/family/loved ones??


Valentine’s Day Kid’s Craft

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We have a long history of using homemade kid’s crafts as a way to give gifts to friends or family in an affordable way, while still having a personal, meaningful touch.

This year, we decided to make some homemade Valentines for the kids’ class. To be fair, we did still buy some Valentines because the twins are in the same preschool classroom so we didn’t want to be giving identical/duplicate homemade gifts. But doing one fully homemade (and the other store-bought), we still saved 50% of the money!

Better yet, our craft used all things that we already owned so we didn’t spend a single penny on any of these!

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For Halloween we had bought a giant Costco-sized package of mini playdoughs to give out for kids who needed/wanted a non-candy treat. They ended up not being very popular among our trick-or-treaters (go figure! lol) so we still have a pretty good sized pile leftover. I decided to use those instead of a candy for the basis of our Valentine’s Day “Card” to give to classmates (last year, one of our daughters came home and promptly threw up from the candy/sugar-overload, so I purposely emphasized non-candy treats this year).

I helped the girls to cut out the hearts. I wrote the message on the front and the girls signed their names on the back and decorated with heart-shaped stickers (every valentine was different and unique). Finally, I was able to fold over some tape to affix the playdough to the card. They’re little mini-sized ones, so the tape held just fine.

I think my hand-writing could have been neater and we could have decorated a little better if we’d spent more time. But for 4-year-old Valentines, it’s not half bad. ; )

If you want to check out last year’s home-made Valentine’s Card (+ a bonus homemade idea I “borrowed” from a classmate), check out this post.

Do you ever make homemade Valentine’s for your kids’ class exchanges? Have you seen any other good homemade Valentine’s card ideas? 


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