Toddler‐Made Valentine's Day Cards (& What You Can Do if You're in a Pinch)

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We've been attending a weekly playgroup since the new year began and even though most of the kids are all preschool‐age or younger, we moms thought it would be fun to have them trade Valentine's cards with one another.

I knew Gv would enjoy making them herself and just had to figure out the best way to go about it.  I decided to print "Happy Valentine's Day!  Love, Gv" onto plain sheets of card stock paper.  I then handed her several sheets of heart stickers and a box of crayons before settling back to see what she'd do with it all.

It was very interesting to watch her process of first applying all the stickers to the paper (I was most amazed to see that she seemed to generally space them out so that they pretty much covered the entire page) and then using her crayons to draw on top of that.

When she was finished, I used my nifty fancy‐edged craft scissors to cut them all out (although pinking shears or even just regular scissors would work, too) and then added the names of the recipients.

We received a message saying that two new friends would be joining us the next day, so naturally we wanted to make sure they had their very own Valentine's Day cards, as well.

The only problem was, we'd already used up all our heart stickers, so I had to come up with an alternative idea that would be both quick and easy.

I grabbed some index cards, drew a heart with some markers, added the standard greeting, then handed them over to Gv so she could add her personal touch.  I really liked the idea of using index cards, so I might just use them (blank ones like this are best) for next year's cards. 

Do you prefer homemade Valentine's Day cards, or fancier store‐bought versions?  Have you thought about letting your toddler help create the cards?  I'd love to hear!  Leave a comment here, or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.  

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