11 February 2011

Classroom valentines: simple, quick, delightful

Amazon: Assorted "Glow" Colored Index Cards Rebecca's easy solution for her daughter's preschool valentines:

For my three year-old's classroom Valentine cards, I bought a huge stack of Valentine-themed stickers and some fairly plain pink note cards with envelopes.  She loved dressing the cards up for the holiday, and I addressed them to her preschool classmates.

It was a fun activity for her, she was able to participate since she can't actually write yet, and I didn't feel like I had sent the valentines to the kids, you know?

Bonus - the cards are character-free and turned out to be cheaper than many of the pre-printed Valentine card sets.

What a great reminder to keep classroom valentines SIMPLE. My daughter is using a neon-colored index card, folded in half, as the base for her cards (bonus: no envelope stuffing). She adds a few flourishes and stickers (which I picked up for $1 per pack of 50!), signs, and she's done. Cheap, fast, easy, portable, and, most important of all, her own independent project.

If you're out of time for even this much DIY, check out these two printable Valentine cards: Robot Hearts and Valentine cards for "smarties."

More, more, more: Valentine hacks!

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We had a leftover stack of 4-up postcards in the drawer, so I made up some quick postcards in Publisher that said "Happy Valentines Day!" on top with the TO: and FROM: on the bottom.
My daughter stuck on a wallet size picture of herself along with some stickers and filled out the TO and FROM. It took a few days to do all the writing (she's in kindergarten), but they are adorable and cheap! The only thing I paid for was the photos, everything else we had on-hand in our office and craft supplies.

**You can order wallet sized prints from snapfish and they will print them out at Walgreen's in less than an hour.

When my son was a baby we started a tradition of letting him finger paint/use water colors on huge sheets of thick construction paper. I then cut them out into hearts or cards and we use those as valentines. It lets him be as involved as possible and the older he gets (now 3) the more he can do.

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