Valentine's Day always brings forth great ideas for children's handmade decorations. This year I spent some time with Maggie, my five year old granddaughter, making some paper crafts for Valentine projects for Mom, Dad, brother and PaPa. I found these ideas at The Benson Street. This is a blog that features craft tutorials, printables, recipes and other fun information. I found these free printables on her site along with a tutorial for using them. This was a perfect Valentine project for grandma and granddaughter.
I went to Walmart and purchased some cute washi tape and a package of Valentine's pencils. I have card stock at home, and used it to print the hearts.
Then I also printed the printables for the chewing gum Valentine gift. While at Walmart I purchased packages of gum for us to decorate. Again I used the washi tape and the card stock.
These Valentine projects went quickly and allowed Maggie to practice printing. We used a red Sharpie marker and a black one to do the handwriting. Here is Maggie very seriously working on cutting out a printable.
We had lots of fun working on this Valentine project. Unfortunately grandma gets so involved in interacting with Maggie, that she forgets taking all the photos that would add to this post.
We packaged these little gifts into cute party bags with hearts on them. Maggie took them home and hid them until Valentine's Day.
A few days later I saw this post from Kim Layton at Everything Etsy about hearts punched from washi tape that decorate the front of notebooks. I ordered the heart punch that Kim recommended from Amazon, and just received it today. I am going to take the washi tape I have left from Maggie's projects and use it to create punched out washi tape hearts to decorate the front of sweet little notebooks I found at the Dollar Store. I will give one of these to Maggie and some other cute Valentine things on Valentine's day. I am also making more for my other two granddaughters.
What projects do you do with the little ones in your life?