Thursday, January 24, 2013

ABC Valentines


A, B, C,
Easy as
1, 2, 3,
Or simple as 
do, re, mi,
A, B, C,
1, 2, 3,
Baby you and me now...

One of my favorite "dancing with the kids" songs was my inspiration for these easy and cute ABC Valentines. You just need a few supplies, some willing kids, and dance-able background music for some Valentine crafting.


Supplies Needed:
White paper, cut in half across the widest part
Alphabet stamps
Thin cardboard (cereal or cracker box)
Scissors
Colorful ink for stamps
Red marker

To prep this activity, I made simple heart stencils for the girls. I took a recycled cracker box and drew 2 different sizes of hearts. I then cut the hearts out. This part is definitely best for the grown-ups, since I needed to use my sharpest scissors for the cutting. I made two different sets, one for each girl.


I showed the girls how to overlap the stamps on the cardboard to help form the shape of the hearts. For the best heart shape, you'll need to fill each stencil in with many letters. Lizzie (age 5) did one letter per stencil, AJ (age 3) put multiple letters in each. You can really get with the Valentine theme by spelling out LOVE or using X's and O's. We just used random letters.


You can see in the picture above how the heart shape is taking form. Lizzie wasn't fully satisfied though and asked me to outline each heart with a red marker. I think they look great either way. Lizzie finished up each card with a hand-written "I Love You," the perfect addition.


So there you have it. It's easy as 1, 2, 3!

Have you started making Valentine's crafts?

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