It’s still three weeks away. But at least over here, when it comes to tackling the holiday of love with ease and intention–major planning is involved. I’m talking about Valentines Day, and elementary school. I know that many don’t participate in the holiday–and I certainly respect their choice, and reasons why. I have mixed feelings about it, but have decided to go about it this way until the kids can make their own choice about how to approach it. So to that end, we always make our own cards, and use the holiday to focus on something we appreciate about the recipient.
Here is my easiest plan yet.
Step 1–draw a huge heart, on a piece of white construction paper.
Step 2-Have your kids pose with it, and snap away.
Step 3-use an app like “Toon Paint” to turn the picture into something easy to reproduce in black in white. Pick a few of the images, so that the kids can pick which one they want for different kids and teachers and grandparents.
Step 5-Print the images out, small, so you can get many to a page. Print on any color paper.
Step 6- Cut them up, and let the fun begin. You can add glitter, or just write the recipient’s names in the heart. On the back Sam can include something he appreciates about that person. Last year he wrote things like; “I like the way you play soccer with me at recess.” We try to do 1-3 a day. Then he can really focus on each person. I got the names of the kids from a calendar his teacher handed out for show and tell. I learn a lot about his friends by what he chooses to say about them, and what size card he picks!
Here is another:
Last year I missed the point entirely when I put all this effort into, and was disappointed when he didn’t get one “hand made” card back from his friends. What this is about is Sam having the opportunity to put himself into the exchange. What he learns from that, I hope will serve him well when he may not have the choice to opt of something he doesn’t want to do. Perhaps he will see it as an opportunity to make it have meaning for him, even if the circumstance doesn’t always dictate that. Or maybe he’ll just complain to his kids about how his mom always made him make cards…
If you participate in the holiday–do you make cards? Buy cards? Mix it up? Avoid it entirely? Do you send them out to family too? OK, and what about the whole candy thing? Include or not? In the past I have insisted on no candy. But now it seems that everyone buys cards with loli-pops and what not. Maybe I’ll be really annoying and send ours with little boxes of raisins! I am so becoming that mom.