Hallie was so disappointed last year when her class made “boring paper sacks” to collect their Valentines. I assumed fancy boxes were no longer in her future. Too old for something so cutesy.
She came home Monday this week excited as could be saying she was supposed to make a box. Really? 4 days notice? She has such grand ideas (it’s hard to live up to the gumball machine of 2nd grade!) and I knew we were short on time. I presented a couple ideas that would require little effort on my part and she jumped on the first idea; a bucket of popcorn.
I asked Steve to stop by a local movie theater on his way home from work and pick up an empty popcorn bucket. Much to our surprise, they don’t sell buckets of popcorn – only paper bags. But the cashier let him know that the dollar store by her house sells a popcorn bucket.
This morning I found myself at that store making a purchase. When Hallie got home from school, she popped some microwave popcorn and I cut out a styrofoam top with a hole to put Valentine’s through.
Then the boring process of attaching the popcorn. I ran the hot glue gun and Hallie carefully placed popcorn on one piece at a time. Although it seemed like an eternity, it took less than an hour before the entire bag of popcorn was glued on top of the bucket. And Hallie declared it as awesome. She then stated we should’ve done an icee cup to go with it. That girl has high standards – Steve is always reminding me the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
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 kids came home from school with their boxes/bags overflowing with goodness. Bags were dumped on the table as they sorted through the valentines.
They looked over each card to see who brought what, and then they separated the candy from the cards. Some trades took place and everyone ended up happy. What we saw the most of: spiderman/batman and Frozen of course.
This is what our table looked like this afternoon, Valentine’s is in full swing!
Saturday, each of the kids decided what they wanted for their class valentine, here’s what they chose:
Capri-Sun Valentines: You are my main squeeze Bennett’s biggest hurdle was having to write his name 24 times. That’s a lot for a three year old. After the first row he asked for a break! We printed these on 2 1/2″ stickers from Avery.
Dinosaur Valentines: You are Dino-mite Valentine
We found these plastic dinosaurs on Amazon and because we only needed 27 – we now have a nice collection for ourselves!
Oreos and paper straw: We go together like cookies and milk
Hallie really wanted to do slap bracelets. All the bracelets that came in value packs were girly and Hallie was conscious that boys wouldn’t want a purple heart bracelet. She opted for something a little more gender neutral.