Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Do you have little ones? My oldest is 4 and in 4K this year - and this will be his first experience with valentines. I remember how much fun it was as a kid to celebrate Valentine's Day in school - candy, trinkets, and little valentine cards plastered with the decade's most popular cartoon characters.
I imagine things are pretty similar these days. Except now I'm an adult, and I really don't like "characters" per se. Am I the only parent that feels that way? My kids have their favorites, of course, but I'm personally not a fan of character-ridden invitations, clothes, and bedroom décor - it's just so commercialized. Unoriginal.
Not that my 4 year old thinks about these kinds of things, but since I enjoy being crafty I thought I'd make him something different that would be fun and devoid of candy (oh, the candy. What could we possibly do with it all? We still have candy left from Halloween - circa 2013. Yikes! That needs to be thrown out, now that I think about it...).
So yes - the valentines. A few weeks ago I found a pack of little plastic dinosaurs in the Target dollar spot for (you guessed it!) $1. There were 20 pieces in the package, and my little man only has 8 other kids in his class this year, so I couldn't go wrong at that price! I found a few similar ideas as I browsed through Google and Pinterest, but this is my version:
My son has been working on his letters and numbers all year in school, and he loved writing out his classmates' names and his name on each of these. I had to squelch down my inner perfectionist - drawing a subtle line in pencil under the "to:" and "from:" helped him better understand where he should write - but I'm really proud of how much he's learned so far this school year and how well he did on these valentines! I really think his class will have fun with these.
And his teacher, too, since he is adamant that she also needs a dinosaur valentine. :)
Want to send your child to school with these invitations? Click here to download the PDF, which will print 4 valentines per 8.5"x11" page. I used a paper trimmer to cut the valentines apart, then mounted each one to a piece of orange cardstock. I poked holes where I needed them using a paper piercer, and threaded coordinating baker's twine through to tie the dinosaurs in place. This would also be cute with a small sheet of dinosaur stickers!
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