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Romance, flowers, chocolates, and fancy dinners – that’s what Valentine’s Day is usually all about. But that doesn’t mean that kids can’t participate in the celebration of the Day of Love. Handmade cards and presents go a long way toward making someone feels special. Whether the gift is for the child’s parents, grandparents, or friends, young school children can certainly get in on spreading love and light on Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Card Making

Handmade greeting cards show more thought and effort than store-bought cards. Each card is a one-of-a-kind piece of art created to spark happiness in the heart of the receiver. Help your young students to craft Valentine’s cards for their parents by having a DIY card-making activity.

Provide pre-folded pink and red paper together with crayons and markers so that the kids won’t have to bring their own art supplies. After all, this will be a surprise for their parents. You may already cut hearts and flowers out of colored paper beforehand to keep them from using scissors. Stock your crafting cabinet with yarn, stamps, decorative ribbons, and other stationery items that kids can add to their cards as borders, 3D elements, or additional decoration.

Assist them in writing short but sweet messages that are addressed to their parents. Lastly, help them sign their work for a personalized touch. Their parents will surely love these unexpected gifts from their children.

Portrait Painting

Painting a portrait is a little more complicated than making a greeting card. The finished product, though, would make excellent presents for a grade schooler’s parents or grandparents. They can hang this up in their house for their friends and other relatives to see.

Make it an assignment for the kids to bring a photo of their parents or grandparents on the day of painting. Depending on the school, paints and paintbrushes can be provided or you can ask the kids to bring their own. Be sure to have a lot of matte vellum boards on hand as kids tend to get messy and may ask for a fresh sheet. First off, instruct the kids to pencil draw their relatives based on the photo that they brought. Go around the room while this is happening and help draw outlines. After this, have them trace their pencil outline with black markers so that it will be easier for them to fill the inside lines with paint. And then the fun begins: Painting the portraits. While some kids like to go avant-garde and some prefer sticking to the original colors, guide as many kids as you can so that their works of art remain neat and beautiful. Just as they did with the cards, have them sign the painting at the bottom with their names.

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Cookie Decorating

What better way to spread sweetness on Valentine’s Day than cookie decorating? Bring sugar cookies and colored frosting to the class and have the kids decorate at least 3 cookies that they can give their friends. It can be like the Valentines that kids in middle school and high school pass around, only this time it’s a fun and yummy treat for kids to enjoy. If there are extras, have them bring home some for their family or neighbors, so that they can continue to spread the love and sweetness.

By teaching kids how to celebrate and spread love, you are helping instill a sense of compassion and unity that will surely benefit them when they’re older. Year after year, make this a tradition that kids and their family and friends can look forward to.


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