We’ve started making our slew of valentines for friends, and I wanted to share a cool printable I found thanks to Confessions of a Homeschooler linking it. Over at Christian Preschool Printables they’ve got a slew of Jesus loves me stuff (link goes to page 3 where the printable I used is), and I printed off the pop-up Valentine card to make.
I also printed off the Jesus loves me booklet to help my kids learn the song, since it’s one of the ones we’ll be singing. I plan to have them practice every day until we go there just to make sure they know it.
Now, on to the two sets of Valentines we’ve finished so far.
supplies: mini-cupcake liner, green construction paper, red or pink construction paper (or you could use the printable), markers, scissors, glue
1. Smash the cupcake liners so they’re more or less flat. Then let your child happily color them as much as they want. It looks more flowery if there’s lots of color on it, but it’s their art. And it looks so cheerful when you have mounds and mounds of them spread out on the table in front of you.
2. Take your construction paper and cut it in half. Then hamburger fold that piece in half. This means you get two cards from one piece of paper.
3. I divided the green construction paper into fourths, this cut down on any ideas of making monstrously huge stems or anything like that. Then I told the kids to cut a thin long piece for the stem.
By the by, like my oh so professional typing paper background?
4. To make this a bit of a math activity each kid drew a number to tell how many leaves to draw. Superman drew 5. Which he enthusiastically mutilated his construction paper to make. Happily glue on leaves.
If you want you could use one of the phrases from the printable I’m including, we ended up not using them because the kids decided to turn these cards into get well soon cards for a sick friend.
This one is a bit more complicated.
Supplies: printable, contact paper, tissue paper, yarn, hole punch, markers
1. Cut tissue paper into miniscule pieces. This is perfect for practicing cutting, or for any kids (cough cough Princess) who like to make confetti.
2. Get out a piece of contact paper, for each of the kids I cut one that is about 12 inches or so, and I was able to get easily 30 necklaces from one set of it, so you probably want to make it smaller depending on how many you’re trying to make.
I taped the contact paper to the floor and let the kids start covering it in the tissue paper. I tried to get them to keep it flat, with mixed success.
3. Sandwich their creation in a second piece of contact paper. Then start tracing hearts. You could just freehand them, but every time I do they end up looking funny.
4. Hole punch the heart and thread yarn through. I cut our yarn about 18 inches.
5. Meanwhile have your kids trace the words to get in some writing practice and sign their names.
6. Put a bit of double sided tape on the bottom, and a second piece to help secure the necklace, and you’ve got yourself a very cute card.