Eat: A sweet Valentine’s Day treat
When I decided to help my son make valentine’s for his kindergarten classmates this year, I did briefly question my sanity. I mean, I could buy a package of these at the Dollar Store and save us both the trouble, right? But, I thought it would be something fun for us to work on together, and with some planning I came up with something that met my valentine requirements:
1. That it be cheap
2. That it not be lovey dovey
3. That it be quick and easy to make
4. That it be cute
5. That it have enough space for writing names
I got my idea of Pinterest (where else) and visited the Etsy shop with these cute valentine’s are for sale. Next I thought about how I could help Aaron make this project his own.
First, I drew a fishbowl shape on a piece of paper. I made sure it would fit nicely with some words above it in my little plastic bag. In pencil, I drew some lines for my son to write the words on (I erased the pencil after the writing was done).
Next, he colored the water in the fish bowl blue and wrote “Happy Valentine’s Day” on the top of the card. I wrote “I’m glad you’re in my school”. Then my son signed his name. He also had the idea to put a fish sticker in the fish bowl.
Obviously if we handmade each valentine this would NOT fit with requirement #3, so I took the valentine and photocopied it the correct number of times. We used the paper cutter together to cut the valentines to the correct size.
We were almost done! My son wrote his classmates names on the back of each valentine and then he put it in a bag along with some Swedish Fish. Yum!!
The entire project (including writing his classmate’s names) took a little less than an hour and a half. My son was very excited the whole time. He had a great time counting the copies as they came out the copier and he felt very grown up when he got to help use the paper cutter. He also chatted happily with me the whole time he was writing his classmates names. I felt like it was a project that brought us closer together and now he is really excited to bring his valentines to school!
You could use goldfish for this project as well. I think the rainbow ones would be pretty, and may be more appropriate for a healthy snack or a younger child.
Have you ever made your own valentines for a class party? What’s your favorite design?