Monday, February 08, 2010

Making Valentines

Number one on my task list this week: making Valentines with my kids. You too? But first, I'm going to scour the interwebs for ideas. Olive really wants to give out candy so I think we'll go with these beautiful chocolate bar wrappers from Benign Objects (they offer tea wrap templates as well — perfect for your child's teacher!).

If you're looking for ideas, here are three of the most successful Valentines we've made in year's past:

1) Mad Libs (our most popular — a real hit for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders)
2) Friendship Bracelets

3) Bookmarks

Other fun ideas from my archives:
1) Japanese lollipop tags
2) Little apple pies for your sweetie pies
3) Mini treat boxes (from Inchmark)

This is the first year that Ralph won't be exchanging valentines with his classmates (sigh. middle school.) but I told Ralph if there was someone special he wanted to recognize we would come up with a good gift. I remember my brother giving his 6th grade sweetheart a goldfish for Valentine's Day. Adorable.

What will you be making for Valentine's Day? Any fantastic ideas I might have missed?


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Blogger Katie said...

I made "secret message" valentines for my nieces and nephews. They were a lot of work but I think the kids will love them! My mother-in-law will be giving the valentines to the kids this week. I can't wait to hear about their reactions.

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 12:41:00 PM EST  
Blogger Trish said...

These are great ideas! I think my daughter will love making bracelets....not so sure about my son. any cool ideas for 6 year old boy valentine's?

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 12:56:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Rats - the bookmarks link is broken. We had looked at it last year and my daughter wanted to make them (we made lollipop holders and my son made MadLibs, which we will do again). Do you have any old pics of yours?

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 1:10:00 PM EST  
Blogger SAJ said...

These are great ideas! This will be our first year giving out v-day cards. Since we've been burried under snow all weekend I didn't get a chance to shop. Hoping to make it to the dollar aisle at Target and Michaels and pull together something before friday.

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 2:24:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Carrie in Kansas said...

We made swirly crayons for my three-year-old son's class. Chop up Crayolas, put pieces in a mini muffin tin, bake 10 minutes at 150.

Then we used foam sticky dots to attach the crayons to a card. We drew a few lines on the card to indicate balloon strings. One "balloon" was the swirly crayon and the other "balloons" were circles cut from colored paper. One circle said "Have a colorful Valentine's Day!" and the other was my son's signature (writ large, scanned in and shrunk) -- with "your friend, [Son's Name]" typed below, in case you aren't his mother and can't read his handwriting. :) We even put two tiny hole punches on either side of the "strings" we drew and tied a little ribbon around the bottom. SO stinking cute, and a lot of it is stuff a three-year-old can do. (Put crayon bits in muffin tins, attach crayons and dots to card, etc.)

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 2:25:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Kelly said...

Hi Gabby,

I made homemade marshmallows this weekend and think kids would love it as much as adults: it's quick and a little magical, and easy to package them up as valentines:

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 2:29:00 PM EST  
Blogger Design Mom said...

Katie! Those secret message valentines are adorable. Your nieces and nephews will love them.

Trish, Carrie's suggestion of swirly crayons is a great idea for a 6 year old boy. Here's a link when I made them:

Lisa, sorry about that. The bookmark link should work now.

SAJ, have fun in the snow!

Carrie, such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

Kelly, off to check out your marshmellows.

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 2:53:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We made heart shaped crayons for my preschooler's party. I still need to come up with something for my daughter's Kindy class though. Thanks for the ideas!

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 2:55:00 PM EST  
Blogger Mrs. Potts said...

Wow, these are some great ideas! I love the apple pie idea. So so cute. I have found TONS of great Valentine's Day ideas this year... here are a few of them:

There are a ton more if you scroll through my blog, but those are my three favorite posts. :) Happy Heart Day!

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 4:09:00 PM EST  
Blogger handmade charlotte said...

i love the candy wrappers! the paper is wonderful!hope you had a great time on the slopes!

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 4:13:00 PM EST  
Blogger Ana said...

A couple of years ago my son and I made these valentines and they were a big hit at his preschool:

I think we'll be making them again with my daughter.

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 4:16:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did the MAD LIBS idea this year and they look so super cool! For the tags I used those old red SOLD signs with silver ink (My son wrote all his friends names) He was soooo into this idea too because he loves MAD LIBS and there are so many different kinds now! Thanks again for this idea!!

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 5:05:00 PM EST  
Blogger Alissa said...

I made these 3 years ago, and then again last year. They've been very popular. And they're fabulously easy!

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 8:54:00 PM EST  
Blogger Bethany said...

You are perfect inspiration Gabrielle! I just ordered the candy-bar your blog forever!

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 10:53:00 PM EST  
Blogger KJ said...

love mix (diy trail mix with valentine m&ms thrown in). we haven't entered classmate phase of life yet, but like to make valentine's day special in little ways.

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 10:57:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are all really great ideas, but there is something so fun about the simplicity of taking my four kids to the grocery store and letting them chose from the assortment of commercial/tacky valentines. They all seemed pretty happy with their choices and we were done assembling them in less than an hour. Also, I wonder how a parent with a 7 year old boy could convince him of anything else beside a SpongeBob or Lego Valentine?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 12:32:00 PM EST  
Blogger Meg said...

I love the recycled crayon idea! We (me) didn't feel like taking on a huge project for this year's Vday cards, so I bought printable designs from Etsy, punched holes at the top, and tied to lollipops with red ribbon. They look adorable! These are the cards I bought:

Kidlet 1 is giving out the finger puppet cards, and Kidlet 2 is using the folding ones. Next year they'll switch, so we get a little extra mileage out of these!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 2:06:00 PM EST  
Blogger Allison said...

I usually make gobs of Valentines from the larger-than-life paintings my children create...better to re-use them than toss, I think, and when cut as folded hearts they are pretty darling-random button glued on here or there. This year I unearthed a stash of old Barbie clothes and used the material to create ultra-frilly tongue-in-cheek Valentines with my 4-yr old, sweet Winnie. More details here:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 7:01:00 PM EST  
Blogger Emily said...

I did the mini treat boxes from Inchmark and they turned out super cute! Thanks bunches for the link, I've added inchmark to my favorites!

Friday, February 12, 2010 at 2:19:00 AM EST  

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