(Image by Sarah Pflug from Burst)
Valentine’s Day is not just for adults. It’s the perfect day for children to show how much they love their family and friends! Homemade cards are a meaningful way to show you care. Besides the joy it will bring to those that receive them, homemade cards will provide children with a fun opportunity to practice many reading and writing skills.
Pre-K and K: Make a Heart Valentine
(name recognition, fine motor skills, tracing, letter writing)
This is a simple, traditional and easy way for young kids to begin making their own cards.
Materials: Red, pink or white construction paper, children’s scissors, markers, crayons, a variety of decorations such as pom-poms, stickers, glitter, cotton balls, stapler, and glue
1st and 2nd: Make a Rhyming Valentine Poem
(rhyming, beginning, middle and ending spelling)
Use the same materials as the first activity and repeat the same steps except let the children do all the work. They can also fold a piece of construction paper in half.
3rd and Up: Write an Acrostic Poem
(vocabulary, parts of speech)
An Acrostic Poem is a type of poem where the beginning letter of every line spells out a word.
Makes the most delicious spaghetti and meatballs
Organizes all my after-school activities
Although it may take longer to make cards from scratch, the time and creativity will be worth it since these cards will be treasured for years to come!