Valentine’s Day is almost here! It’s the time of year when we break out the craft supplies and get busy making handmade cards.
Since our children’s grandparents do not live near us, I like to personalize the cards with the kiddos handprints or fingerprints. In my mind, it allows them to touch something that their grandchildren have literally imprinted on, and it also gives them a sense of scale for their size since our last visit.
HERE is a card idea from Scholastic that we modified for this year's St. Valentine's Day card crafting.
Tape the pipe cleaners to the heart "head" and save the grief of trying to get them to stick with glue – then glue the whole piece to the card
Instead of using “google eyes”, we use the finger tip to stamp in eyes with ink.
Instead of using heart stickers, we use the finger pad to make heart shapes and the finger tips to make polka dots.
We have found that doing finger stamping with a baby or a toddler is easier with two people: one person to ink and hold the child's hand, the other person holds and moves the paper to get the stamping down in the right places.
My last tip is to remember to set your wipes or a damp towel right next to your work space. Clean off the kiddos before they crawl or wander off and "decorate" other parts of the house.
If you need ideas for a card message, pictured below is a collection of conversation heart sayings that you can write on the card. Do you have any other phrases we can add to our list for next year?
Here are some finished cards:
If you are crafting with an older child, bear in mind that the card doesn’t have to be perfect. It only needs to be theirs. Try to resist the urge to “redo” their crafting, and use some of the deep abdominal breathing your practiced in your Bradley Method® class to "let it go". It grows our children as individuals when we offer them the opportunity to enjoy the creative process and allow them to take pride in their creation, however it turns out.
Enjoy spending some time with your kiddos!
Do you have any traditions for Valentine's Day? If so, what are they?
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