Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and our Work It, Mom! members have come up with some great alternatives
to run-of-the-mill cards and candy. Here are a few of their great ideas!
- Kim Begnaud suggests gluing a heart-shaped cookie cutter with your child's picture in it to a piece of construction paper and having your child decorate the keepsake for friends and family members.
- SK and her son made word-search puzzles for his classmates, using everyone's names. They printed them up on Valentine-colored paper and handed them out at his school.
- Naturalsoycandles makes magnets for her older child's friends. She uses heart-shaped molds, plaster-of-paris, and paint, but you can streamline the process by hot gluing small magnets to pretty objects from your local crafts store.
- Kat directed us to Kids Craft Weekly, where she found a guide to making a really cool heart-shaped sun catcher. There are plenty of other great ideas there as well!
- Thinking about making something yummy? Your child's teacher might appreciate a set of chocolate-covered spoons, Kim Begnaud points out. They're easy to make, too: Dip spoons (from an antique store, a kitchen-supply store, or even plastic ones) in melted chocolate, let them dry, wrap them in plastic wrap and tie them with a bow. Perfect for that morning cup of coffee!
Here are five more ideas to get you going:
- Make heart-shaped stained-glass cookies for the class. (It's even easier if you use store-bought sugar-cookie dough!)
- A decorated picture frame is a sweet and calorie-free treat for teachers; most craft stores have inexpensive wooden or plaster ones that your kids can paint.
- Instead of cards, have your child hand out woven heart bags made of construction paper (with a treat or two tucked inside, of course).
- Older kids can make and trade beaded Valentine's Day bracelets instead of cards; younger kids can make bracelets for their friends out of strips of pretty ribbon.
- Give teachers a bouquet of tissue-paper flowers (or make a single "bloom" for each classmate) along with an appreciative note.