Bennett needed a Valentine’s box. He’s one that will come home from school ready to take on the project immediately and then change his mind a couple times. He wanted an angry bird box. He then changed his mind to a pig box. He was afraid the pig wouldn’t hold all his valentine’s so we started sorting legos to make an angry bird lego box. After getting all the kids to sort, we couldn’t get the angry bird to look right only using the straight edges of a lego. Plan D: A magformer’s valentines box. Easy as could be and didn’t require a trip to the store.
Hallie on the other hand was just lamenting the fact that she had graduated from Valentine’s boxes. She’s done some great ones over the years and she was sad to not participate this year. And then she came home from school today – the day before Valentine’s – and excitedly exclaimed her teacher said those who wanted to bring in a box could – or they could use a wal-mart bag for the optional Valentine’s that may or may not be passed out. It’s 5th grade after all.
I thought a wal-mart bag sounded great. But Hallie wanted a box – perhaps her last box ever (insert sarcastic and dramatic voice). I had just said yesterday I wish I could make her a unicorn box because it would be so cute and I’m not sure any of her brothers will let me convince them to use it. Hallie was against my unicorn idea.
I started rummaging through cupboards to find something she could use. I found our old cookie jar in the back of a deep kitchen cabinet and instantly a pinterest picture popped in my head. Put another container inside the cookie jar and fill the edges with M&Ms. Hallie jumped at the idea. A trip to Wal-mart and then to Walgreens (no valentine m&m’s at Wal-mart?!?) to collect candy and 10 minutes later she had her valentine’s box. Maybe not as cute as a unicorn – but just as functional and way easier.
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.
It’s time to start dressing the house in red and pink! A while back, I showed a rag banner I made for Hallie’s birthday party in navy and gold. It was surprisingly easy and cheap enough that I’ve made it again for Valentine’s day.
Here’s how to make it:
1. Buy 1/4 yard of four different fabrics.
2. Cut 9 one inch strips of fabric. (I folded it and used a rotary cutter to make the process quick)
3. Take each one inch strip (which is the width of the fabric you purchased) and cut them into fourths. I take all the strips of one color and hold them in my hand – fold it over and cut and take each half and cut it again. This will give 36 strips of each fabric.
4. Choose what material you want to tie the fabric to. It could be ribbon, baker’s twine, string, etc. Fold a piece of fabric in half with the twine sitting on top of it. Take the ends and put them through the loop and this will create a knot.
5. Continue alternating fabrics, tying knots, pushing the fabrics together until you have the fullness and length you desire.
It really is that easy. This is a sit-on-the-couch-and-watch-a-movie project which is just what I need sometimes!
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!
Bennett had his Valentine’s party last week and to say he was excited is an understatement. Something unique about Bennett (in comparison to our other children) is that anticipation nearly kills him. It doesn’t matter what he’s anticipating, he can’t handle the wait which is why we’re very careful as to how far in advance we tell him about anything.
Not too long ago, I told him at the last minute that we would be going to a trampoline park. He was bouncing off the wall for the 10 minutes before we left. Once we arrived and he jumped for 20 minutes, he was anticipating what we would be doing next: Lunch. It was so hard for him to not focus on lunch that he made himself miserable the rest of the time with his friends.
It happens all the time. He can’t wait to have a friend over. Once his friend finally arrives, he’s got to know what we’re doing next and it always ruins whatever moment he’s in. He’s dying to go to a friends birthday – 30 minutes in he wants to go home and do something else. At breakfast he needs to know what we’re having for dinner.
We’re really working with him on laying out schedules he can follow so he knows what to expect but that doesn’t seem to help. The anticipation is more than he can handle.
So as his preschool teacher continued to talk about the Valentine’s party – he was so ready. He wanted his Valentine’s done early (once he has something on his mind, he is relentless until it comes to pass). The night before the party he couldn’t sleep and several times we had to usher him back to bed. It was no surprise that 4 o’clock in the morning rolled around and he was up and ready to go. He got dressed (in a red shirt, because it was a Valentine’s day party after all!) and had his backpack on long before he even needed to be up. It was all he could talk about. You would’ve thought he was going to Disneyland.
The party came and went and I got very few details about what actually took place – but this is the face he gave me when I told him to give me his excited party face.
Now the only thing he can talk about is his birthday. A birthday that isn’t for a while, but nonetheless, he will be talking about it until he sees that birthday bucket on the table and presents with his name on them!