Every year I post new printables for kid’s Valentines – and every year I tell myself to consolidate them in one place so they’re easier to find the next year.
This year I finally made that happen. Years of Valentines with the printable downloads all in one place. You can find them all HERE. There’s been a few valentine’s cards that kids wanted to re-do but for the most part we start from scratch every year. This year is no different and when we finally get them done I’ll post them on the download page.
And because I couldn’t resist: A picture of Hunter writing his name as a preschooler on all his Valentine cards. It took him so long and we’re in the same process with Briggs right now. (Side note: We still have that sweatshirt and Briggs has started wearing it. It’s made it through 4 boys which is pretty impressive although it has a much more weathered look now!)
Only 1 out of my 4 kids giving Valentine’s this year needs a box. How is that even possible!? I’m sure most moms are singing songs of joy because this is the last thing they want to think about this week, but I’m a little bummed because I actually really enjoy making these with my kids.
Cannon already has big plans for his this year – I love the excitement of kindergarteners!
Bennett is a kid who knows what he wants and his Valentine’s box was no exception. He wanted a shark. There was no need to look on pinterest, he had a plan and part of the plan was handing out gummi sharks (the valentine Hunter handed out last year) to go along with his shark themed box. We used an oatmeal canister and a light blue poster board. This took approximately 20 minutes. Bennett doesn’t mess around, he gets stuff done!
Call me crazy, but it makes my heart happy when the valentine matches the valentine’s box. It’s only happened a few times over the years because the kids choose them both but when it works out my graphic design heart is happy!
Hunter handed out fruit roll-ups this year with, “Valenetine, I like the way you roll.”
Hunter had decided on making a birthday cake for his box. Little fact – Arizona’s birthday is on Valentine’s day – I was not aware of this until Hunter completed his project. I wish I could describe an easy way to duplicate this project but we lucked out with a run to Goodwill. We were looking for a round hat box, or paper mache box. We found a couple that would work and then Hunter came across this wooden piece and he didn’t let go of it.
I’m not sure what it was used for before, but It turned into the perfect little birthday cake. To make the top, we just took some foam core board and cut a circle and then covered it in red paper with matching red paper on the side of the cake. I love it when projects morph and change into something better than originally planned.
Although this picture appears to have been taken this morning since everyone is in there pajamas – It was taken just after dinner tonight! Our traditional family Valentine’s dinner at a restaurant was thwarted due to sickness. Instead, we were all in our pajamas before our dinner of homemade french bread and chicken noodle soup – because nothing sounds better when you don’t feel well.
Today was definitely one of our more low-key Valentine’s celebrations and everyone was okay with that.
The kids were beyond excited when they found someone had heart-attacked our yard and door. Even better was they left some delicious cookies. Such a simple gesture that was so thoughtful.
Luckily, Steve and I get to continue the Valentine’s celebrations when we go out for date night tomorrow sans kids. We love them to pieces and love to celebrate with them, but we love each other even more!
This is usually how school Valentine’s go down at our house. I’m usually thinking about it fairly early – and I think – this is the year that I’m going to walk into Target and buy a box of valentine’s and go on my merry way. And every year, I walk down that aisle and find several that would work great. Only to realize that there’s 24 valentine’s in the box and there’s 27 kids in the class. Very sneaky.
You think I’m going to buy two boxes and be stuck with 19 extras?? Nope. Not going to happen. I keep hoping one year I’m going to walk down and see a box that caters to a classroom of 30. Until then…I’ll be making my own!