I know January dragged on and on for a lot of people, but it FLEW by in this house. I wasn’t prepared for February to be here yet! Luckily, with the help of of a printer and some heat transfer vinyl, I can pretend we’ve spent months planning! Check out our Valentine’s Day kids’ outfits and cards for this year, and a super quick activity from education.com!
Valentine’s Day Outfits
I dug through my fabric stash this weekend, but couldn’t find any solid red, solid pink, hearts, really much of anything that screamed Valentine’s Day! Luckily, we never have a shortage of gray here 🙂 I found some scraps of red and pink heat transfer vinyl, and put together a cut file full of different heart faces.
Bee’s dress is the new Made for MermaidsStella pattern, with the Ainsley flutter sleeve hack and a little bit of length added to make it dress length. I paired it with a pair of hand-me-down tights and shoes from Old Navy, and some heart bracelets she scored at Target for $1.
I love how quickly they came together! If you need a last minute outfit but don’t have access to a Silhouette, a sewing machine, etc., here’s an easy DIY hack. 🙂 Get any solid colored shirt or dress, then buy a single sheet of black (for the face) and a single sheet of another color (for the heart) from Michael’s. You can trace your design right onto the vinyl, cut out using scissors or an exacto knife, and then apply the vinyl using your regular iron!
E and I have had fun finding candy-alternatives to hand out each year! In preschool, he gave out heart shaped crayons that we made together (you color my world….get it? teehee!). I think we still have a few of the leftovers floating around! Last year, he gave out tiny plastic dinosaurs (because his friends were dino-mite, of course!).
This year, we got little goodies for his classmates, but also picked out a little something fun for our neighborhood friends, too.
For classmates – E picked out these bendy little super heroes to give to his friends at school. I made little tags that say “you’re super”, with plenty of room at the bottom for him to address them tonight. Or maybe tomorrow. We’ll see how organized we are 🙂 I made the tags in Photoshop, but you could do the same thing in Word, or have your child(ren) write the note by hand!
For specials teachers – I grabbed a couple Burt’s Bees lip balms in different flavors with a tag attached that says “Happy Valentine’s Day! You’re the “balm”!” We did this for his specials teachers last year, too. I always like to do a little something for them just so they know we appreciate them, and chapstick is easy enough to do for his male teachers too!
For his teacher and teacher assistant – I grabbed a small gift card from Target and a little zip up pouch to go with their lip balm. The Target poem I’m attaching to their gift card makes me giggle.
For our neighborhood friends – Bee, E, and I just loved these little dogs! They are so ridiculous, but so fun. The pink poodles were my favorite, but we also got little French bulldogs for our friends that are less inclined to like pink poodles 🙂 E is very into puns right now, so he has been cracking up over “pawesome.”
Valentine’s Day Maze Activity
Love is in the air and this sweet puppy is here to help you make your way back to your Valentine. Education.com is full of learning resources and printables just like this! I didn’t print one out for Bee because she is mostly still into scribbling, but E was really excited about this maze! It was easy for him, but I think he actually preferred it that way. 😉 It was a fun little activity to do together after school. You can download both the puppy love maze and answer key for free! I would recommend this particular maze for younger children, but education.com has lots of resources for older kids too.
I hope you all have a wonderful week! Happy Valentine’s Day!
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