Valentine's Day is a weird holiday for kids. Some kids are shy, some are just getting over their cootie-concerns, others are experiencing their first crush. Getting kids involved in the spirit of the day can help them embrace the holiday and have a little fun. A great activity for children to participate in leading up to Valentine's Day is to make cards to give to their friends and classmates or family. Making the cards is simple and you'll only need a few basic tools and supplies, most of which you'll probably already have in a craft boxor lying around the house. The only thing that the kids need to bring is their sense of creativity.
What You'll Need
# Trace a heart onto red or pink construction paper using a stencil or heart shaped cookie cutter using a pen, pencil, or marker. Crayons will als work.
# Cut out the heart with the scissors.
# Glue a heart shaped doily on top of the heart cutout using a glue stick. You should verify ahead of time that the heart cut out will be big enough to fit the doily on top of it.
# Using regular glue, make designs on top of the doily and sprinkle with gold or silver glitter and wait for it to dry.
# Once you have finished the card and the glue has dried, use a felt tip pen to write a special message on the back of the card.
You can do this with multiple layers, with pink, red and white construction paper hearts of different sizes stacked concentrically. Or you can go for a more random design, with tiny hearts or kisses dotting a larger one. Stickers are another card decorating option, though hand-drawn images are more personal, especially if your child is making a gift for a friend rather building cards for their entire class.
Hearts aren't your thing? Some kids might enjoy these options, especially if they want to give something unique to their friends.