DIY Cute and Easy Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids
Second grade seems to be the transition from homemade cards required to homemade cards optional for Valentine’s Day. It’s usually quite a task to get my kids to make Valentine’s Day cards. The first five or six go pretty smoothly as they are earmarked for their closest friends, but the last two dozen are difficult to extract. Luckily, we had two days off due to a blizzard named Nemo so we had plenty of time to do this over two days in two steps.
Toilet Paper Roll Heart Valentine’s Day Cards
Despite the option to buy Valentine’s Day cards this year, I found an easy craft using a toilet paper roll to stamp hearts on Pinterest and thought it would be perfect to make with my son. I was hoping his 5th grade sister could be persuaded as well. She ended up making her own cards but rejected the toilet paper roll heart idea.
This easy art project for kids only requires:
- Card stock. We used 8.5 x 11 inch card stock cut into 1/4ths.
- Tempera paint.
- 1 toilet paper roll if you use both sides. 2 is good too.
Confession: We had his sister, Grasshopper and Sensei, cut the card stock while working at her Commercial Art Studio internship. They have really nice paper cutters there so the cards were perfectly uniform.
My son chose red and blue paint — no pink for him! He opted to stamp one color on each end of the toilet paper roll which we squished slightly to make the heart shape.
My son stamped all the cards for phase 1. We let them dry overnight. Thank goodness he made a few extra for mess ups.
The second step was writing out the cards. Since my son has a huge class and had to make nearly 30 of them including teachers and aides, he kept the words to a minimum. I taped on a lollipop.
The final product! We were allowed to give candy as long as the kids ate it at home.
Whoppee Cushion Valentine’s Day Card for Kids
My Mom Friend Lynn came up with this great Valentine which she did for her third grade son. He’s best friends with my son, so my son enjoyed hours of whoopee cushion fun! She also attached a small bag of candy to the card which is barely visible but very much appreciated by my child.
If you like this idea, I found 36 Whoppee cushions for $17 (about 50 cents each) which is the best price I could find on Amazon.
Crayon Heart Valentine from the Teacher
My son’s teacher made each student a crayon heart. Valentine’s Day happened to fall on our 100th day of school too!
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