This round of the Etsyblogger carnival asks which childhood traditions are now being carried out with the kids, and we've been quite busy with Valentine's Day preparations, so I thought I'd share a little with you. Like many, we prefer handmade valentines. After a Michael's trip for supplies, we had a fun crafty morning with paper, glitter glue, stickers, doilies, and markers.
BJ had 20 valentines to make for his preschool class, and I was pleased to see his enthusiasm for such a large project. I cut out the paper hearts and pieces of ribbon (and tied a few bows) and helped a bit with gluing. But he and BB did the rest. Here is a sampling of the results!
Those are the 20 that he made for his class. We've addressed the envelopes and now just have to seal everything up once the mountains of glitter glue have dried.
Both kids are really enjoying the holiday preparation. BJ took it upon himself to write a valentine poem tonight after dinner. Sat down at the computer and typed up this:
He asked for help spelling whales and snails (and getting the exclamation point to work) but otherwise it's entirely his. Too cute, though I say it myself!
I hope to make heart-shaped gingerbread cookies with the kids as well -- BB has been asking for those (with pink sprinkles). Happily, the kitchen is mostly unpacked, so I think I'll be able to manage it.
S and I don't do much in the way of elaborate Valentine's Day plans, which is truly fine with me, so most of the celebrating will happen with the kids. BJ has his preschool party on Friday. It's good to know we won't be working on 20 valentines last minute!