Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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We are a hopelessly non-romantic family. Valentine Day is not part of our childhood memories, and early in our relationship we agreed not to celebrate it. But our daughter goes to preschool, therefore we cannot possibly pretend that Valentine Day doesn’t exist. They are going to have a Valentine Day party and each child is expected to bring 20 Valentines to school. I am pretty sure that many other parents are inspired by the challenge of handcrafting so many Valentines, but we took an easy way out. My husband has scanned Anna’s handwriting and whipped up a quarter page card with her picture on it. Then I set Anna up with some new stamps, sFeb9_ValentineCards_2tickers and crayons and encouraged her to think of different friends in school and create cards for them. It was too funny when she was saying I love [insert various boys’ names here] so much, so I need lots of hearts and lots of kisses for him. She was a lot less “lovey” towards her girl friends at school. Uh-oh, I am hoping that she will slow down a little before she hits puberty. So far we are 12 down, 8 more to go, and I am hoping that she will manage them before her party on Friday.

13 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Scanning Anna's handwritten name, is one of the best ideas I think I've ever heard. There is nothing more tedious, than trying to get a young child to print their name over and over and over.

My Boaz's Ruth said...

Actually,I'd expect that most of the parents will go out and buy a package of store valentines unless the preschool said something explicitly about it.

That's all we did, growing up.

Booklover1212 said...

Scanning her name is a GREAT idea!

I'm just putting a bunch of Teddy Grahams in a bag with a little note that says "I'm Bear-y Glad We're Friends"

All done! ;-)

~ Jennifer
http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com

Ticia said...

Sigh, I have 45 Valentines for my kids to sign their names to for a party on Friday. I'm not even sure if I'm up for/going to the party.
And I'll agree with everyone else this is a brilliant idea of scanning her email.
You're going to be in trouble come teen years with all those hearts and stamps........

Jenna said...

That's what we had my daughter do. She just had 8 to make though. But she loved stamping and using stickers!

Debbie said...

This is such a good idea! I am with Leah though, most of the time parents just go buy the boxes of valentines. I use to have my kids make their valentines as well, until they got into the older kids and had so many kids in class. These look great!

Cindy said...

So funny the way she wanted to write how much she loves the boys. Watch out Momma!

MaryAnne said...

I love the idea of scanning her name and turning that into cards! And that's too funny about Anna and her boy classmates. Emma's definitely still in the "only girls are fun" stage (thankfully she does let Johnny be an exception to that rule, at least sometimes...)

Kim said...

Excellent idea! I just have to get Crumpet to make 4 Valentines for the neighbors, and I'm not sure I'm even up to that...

vanessa said...

This really is a great idea--I can only get juliet to sit still for five minutes to do one project--let alone 20.

Jen said...

I saw a really cute idea where you take a picture of your child with their fist outstretched. Then you print copies with a Valentine's caption superimposed over the top, and cut slits for suckers--so it looks like the child is holding out a sucker. Very cute.

But around my house--we buy a box of cards and a bag of candy. My kids are old enough now to fill them all out themselves. I just supervise and make sure they take them to school.

Adriana said...

I love your idea but I have to admit that took the easy way out and let Diego pick out a box of Transformer (big shock) cards for his class and our Mom's group party. He did have to write his name on each one. We made special handmade cards for the grandparents, the babysitter, his teacher, and his Papi.

Brimful Curiosities said...

We scanned in my daughter's name last year when she was in preschool and then printed it on labels to stick to the valentines. Worked well for her, since she had just started learning to write her name and wouldn't have had enough interest to complete all her valentines by hand. This year the teacher encouraged all the students to sign their own names and practice their letters. We split the cards up so that she only worked on 5 at a time and spread the task over a few days.

I love that printed off valentines with Anna's picture and let her decorate them. All the kids will recognize her after receiving those cards...even all the boys! Watch out. :)