Making Valentines with Young Children

Making Valentines with young childrenI must confess: I love Valentine’s Day! I particularly enjoy making handmade Valentines with the girls each year. It has become a yearly tradition for us to venture out to a craft store together and handpick the decorations for their creations. It is amazing how the nature of this endeavor has changed over the years as their writing skills and tastes have evolved…

Valentine's Cards2007
Ages Two & Four
When the girls were younger, we kept their designs on the simple side—basically colored paper and stickers. I encouraged them to write the first letter of their own names and I wrote the rest.

 

Valentines2008
Ages Three & Five
The following year the girls wanted to try out some stamps, and their little hands were ready to take on the challenge. As their fine motor skills progressed, they started to write their own names and the first letters of their friends’ names.

Valentines 20092009
Ages Four & Six
Last year the girls were ready to add a new dimension to their cards, so they painted the background and attached some fun erasers. They could both write out their own names as well as their friends’ names at this point. A lesson in perseverance was learned as they experienced the whole process from start to finish for the first time.

Valentines 2010
Ages Five & Seven
This year our two little misses had their class lists by their sides and checked off each name as they went along. They even counted their cards at the end to make sure they didn’t forget anyone. Our oldest (now age seven—ouch, did I really say seven?!) worked on perfecting her lowercase letters and diligently remembered to start everyone’s name with a capital. Our youngest (age five) proudly showed off her newly mastered uppercase letters. It was an amazing experience to sit back and watch it all unfold.

 While our five-year-old went with the heart-themed pencils, our seven-year-old decided to go with the rock star motif—hmmm, times sure are changing!

I will happily continue to assist my daughters in their Valentine-making adventures for as long as they will have me. I can hardly wait to see what they come up with next!

 

mariah

With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.

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