Earth to mom (no pun intended)! How could I forget that my preschool aged son will be in need of Valentines for his class? Talk about scatterbrained. So yesterday I realize that I need 20 some odd Valentines for my son to give to his friends. Somehow the idea of running out and grabbing some colorful creation printed with toxic ink on virgin paper promoting mass consumerism didn't appeal to me (I KNOW, leave it to me to make Valentine's day earthly doom and gloom). So (because we don't have any handy craft supplies or Mama E friendly stores nearby) I scoured the internet to order some recycled Valentines I hope will come in time. Here is what I found:
These are handmade recycled from Stubby Pencil Studio. Aren't they CUTE?!? And your child can color them and make them his/her own! I love it! But I know you are probably thinking, "Yeah, Willo, those are great but they cost money and may not get here in time." Right you are friend! So, make your own! Get creative...here are some ideas.
- Take last year's Valentine's and repurpose them by cutting out the picture and gluing it to construction paper with your own new original message.
- Use cardboard boxes from packaging to cut out hearts and decorate with stamps, stickers, markers, paint.
- Cut up a Little Debbie Valentine's treat box to glue the words and hearts onto recycled paper.
There are tons of crafty ways to help your kids spread the classroom love. And if you don't have the craft materials or the time (a la muah) here are some more fun sites to check out for recycled cards.