Celebrating Valentine’s Day with kids could not be more fun! Full of innocence and joy, the memories I have making kids Valentine cards with my family are some of my fondest. A room Mom for years, one of my favorite Valentine’s classroom crafts has to be a pre-school project that had the kids make mail trucks to hold their Valentines. And this year I can’t wait to try my hand at making chocolate dipped decorated marshmallow pops for the kids to enjoy. If you happen to have “planning the class party” on your February to-do list, our Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board is full of ideas to get your Room Mom wheels turning.
If your child is having a classroom party card exchange and you are wondering about how to make kids valentine cards, its truly easier than you think. Here are my tips for how to tackle this project and still come out loving the final results:
1. Choose a Valentine: From homemade to store bought the options are endless. For me, the sweet spot is a mix of pre-printed personalized cards with some basics already in place. Some kids love arts and crafts so anytime you can offer glue and glitter the better. When the card is customized, direct all that sparkle towards creating fabulous envelopes that will stand out in the box.
2. Make Writing Easy: Addressing all those Valentine’s can make the sweet turn sour fast. Minimize the need to write by customizing the cards with pre-printed messages leaving only class names and a handwritten signature if you must. Get creative and offer the class list of names on pieces of paper that can easily be glued to the outside of envelopes.
3. Assemble in Sessions: If you have 24 classmates, making cards in groups of 8 might be just the right strategy to keep your child happy and engaged. Just map out 3 work sessions over the next 2 weeks and you’re child will be proud to share what she has had such fun making with time to spare.
Taking my own advice, this week its time to pick out my kids Valentine cards. A long time fan of photo cards for the holidays, Valentine’s Day is a great time to personalize cards and this year, my youngest will be sharing cards from the Shutterfly Classroom Collection. WIth 9 designs to pick from it is easy to find one that fits her personality and style. This one is perfect because the photo doesn’t dominate and the message is gender neutral. As the kids get older the days of an innocent “Be Mine” are quick to fade but oh how they love to share their pictures in this digital age!
When it comes to teachers, Valentine’s Day photo gifts are a sweet surprise and so thoughtful. A desktop plaque with handful of special pictures of the teacher and kids is a treasure for years to come. If you have an IPhone loving teacher, a photo IPhone case just makes good sense. Easy to identify and as much a fashion statement as a necessary device, having a custom case on your teacher’s IPhone is as smart as she is.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, thanks to the generous folks at Global Influence and Shutterfly we are so excited to spread a little photo gift love with a Valentine Giveaway!!!! What’s included?
50 4×5 Classroom Collection Stationary Cards
5×5 desktop plaque
Here is how to enter:
1. Visit Shutterfly’s Photo Gifts Page, check out all they have to offer, and leave a comment here to letting me know what your favorites are. *Please note ~ this entry is mandatory!*
Additional entry once the first has been made.
2. Tweet about this post: “I’m sweet on Photos for Valentine’s Day with @Shutterfly and @MyGOMOM” and post here in the comments with a validating link to your tweet.
The contest runs Monday January 28th to Sunday February 3rd. The winner will be drawn automatically by “And the Winner Is” and notified within 24 hours.
Thanks so much for stopping by ~
Disclosure: special thanks to Global Influence and Shutterfly for including me in this campaign. I received the same gift pack as included in the giveaway and hope you have as much fun checking out the Shutterfly Valentine’s collections as I did! For more inspiration, visit them on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/shutterfly/ and their Blog: http://blog.shutterfly.com/