Sweet Pea loves going to the mailbox and receiving her very own mail! Some days it’s a flier for a new gym or a children’s clothing sale but she is thrilled all the same when she has mail! On special occasions she even receives mail from her Grandparents. They encourage her love of “me mail” as she calls it and she loves the fun stickers they always send! So I have decided that I need to show Sweet Pea the lost art of a handwritten note sent in the mail by making handmade Valentines. Recently, I have been invited to a dinner party, shower, birthday party and wedding all through the internet. I even received holiday cards in my inbox and not mailbox. Well I’m on a one woman crusade to teach Sweet Pea that while that’s all fine and good the most meaningful messages come handwritten from the heart. Sorry, I’m old fashioned that way!! So this Valentine’s Day we are making our own cards to mail to our family and friends!
Handmade Valentines – Simple How To:
On a piece of white construction paper or card stock allow your child to cover it with paint using fingers or brush! Leaving white is fine and then allow to dry. Trace letters on the dry painted paper. I had letters from my teaching days laying around but drug stores, Target, Walmart all carry letters in their paper section. If you have a dye-cut machine of course you could use that. I was able to trace love four times on one large sheet of construction paper. Cut out letters and allow child to put glue on the back of each letter. Then on a piece of folded construction paper stack letters like my example. I then cut the bottom portion of construction paper so it was more of a square card than rectangular. Allow to dry. Last, using crayons encourage child to “write” their love letter.
Find an envelope and address it together. Sweet Pea loves adding the stamp and our address label herself. Last but not least have child proudly place his/her love letters in the mail! Go to the post office for some extra fun and use the giant mailbox. Sweet Pea loves watching her mail disappear after closing the giant mail door.
*try other valentine sayings like: xoxo or hugs. This is a great card for any occasion not just Valentine’s Day!
Do you love getting handwritten cards in the mail?