This year’s Valentine free printables include individual Kool-aid packets, handheld mazes and Valentine’s gummy bears. Can I let you in on a little secret…My kids valentines are determined by the size of their class. For example – Bennett needed 25 valentines – so when I saw a box of 25 gummy bears – Done. Hallie and Hunter have more than 25 kids so I would’ve had to buy two boxes. Instead, I purchased things that fit their class size. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? My creativity works the same way.
Here’s our Valentine’s wrap up from this year – heart straws, bubbles and goldfish crackers.
Straw Valentines: You are Ex-STRAW special Valentine We found heart straws at Hobby Lobby in large packages for just $4. Hallie carefully cut out every circle and taped the straw to the card. We had plenty of straws leftover and the other kids have made it a point to use them every day. I find them everywhere!
Bubbles Valentines: You blow me away Valentine Hunter went with bubbles this year. It’s not too boy or girl so he figured everyone would like them. Knowing that he didn’t need to write everyone’s names, I only left a space for him to sign his name. A short time after he started, I walked into the kitchen to see that he was signing his name, as well as a classmates name. I was worried because I knew he would forget someone, so I questioned what he was doing. He matter of factly said, “I know all the kids in my class mom and I won’t forget anyone because I’m going in order of their classroom number.” Sure enough, that kid had memorized every kid based on their number 1-27. I even quizzed him by throwing out different numbers and he quickly shot back who the person was assigned to the number. I was impressed and he didn’t forget anyone!
Goldfish Valentine: I’m happy we’re in the same school It’s funny to think last year it took him forever to write his name 24 times and this year he did it so quickly and with such ease. We found the goldfish at Target in the Valentine’s section and we bought them a while ago. It was like torture for the poor guy to have them so early and not be able to take them to school. Note to self: buy his Valentine’s two days in advance!
Here’s a Valentine’s craft I shared over at HowDoesShe.com.
After the Christmas decor comes down and I’ve finished sweeping the red and green glitter – I like to get my house back in order. It always feels like Valentine’s sneaks up on me and it seems I’m never quite ready to deck the house out again in holiday decor. Don’t get me wrong – I love to decorate for the holidays, but some holidays I’m go for simple and Valentine’s is one of them.
This year I made a Valentine’s rag banner and had the kids make their own decoration with a printable banner I designed for them.
For full instructions and the free printable download, go to howdoesshe.com.
The 2016 theme for the Young Women and Young Men for our church is “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life” (2 Nephi 31:20).
Every year I design printables around the new theme and this year I ran into a dilemma. I’ve really been liking some watercolor floral prints lately – which is not usually the case. So I designed the theme with this in mind. I completed the theme and sat with it on my computer for almost two weeks without touching it again. Although I really liked it, it just wasn’t me no how matter how hard I tried. It’s official. Floral prints still aren’t my thing as much as I like them. I even tried buying a floral print shirt I saw on someone else and loved it on them. I put it on and promptly removed it. Not me.
So I reworked the theme to more of a geometric pattern which is 100% me. But the work is done on the first design so I offer you two options this year!
Free downloads include a binder cover, 5×7 print, 4×6 print and the stand alone logos. Feel free to use as you please (personal use only). Enjoy!