Last weekend I attended a baby shower where I got to catch up with one of my good friends whom I hadn’t seen in a VERY long time. In our conversation, she mentioned the Valentine’s Day cards she recently made with her young children. She said this with a smile on her face. A smile…while talking about doing a craft with her small children.
A few things to note here:
- Her children are 2 & 3.
- They were engaged in the activity the ENTIRE TIME.
- There were no tears. No one cried. At all.
As someone who is not crafty and who has extreme impatience with all things craft-like in nature, I wanted to know every detail and immediately replicate the activity with my own toddler.
Which is exactly what I did.
First, I hit up my local dollar store where I was able to get everything I needed for the cards:
- 1 large piece of bristol board (makes approximately) 8 cards
- Acrylic paint (I got red & pink)
- Paint brushes
That’s it. Total cost was less than $10.
Then I sat my daughter down with the giant piece of bristol board and clean brushes, poured the paint, and watched in amazement as she painted happily for over half an hour. That is a long time for a toddler to do an activity.
As you can see, this is not a mess-free activity. Nor is it a supervision-free activity. This is a toddler with paint. A very happy toddler, covered in paint to the point of going directly into the tub. Keep that in mind.
Once the paint was dry, I cut the sheet into 8 cards, wrote on the insides, and that was it. This activity took under an hour (not including the necessary post-activity bathtime).
So, if you are in need of last-minute Valentine’s Day cards, I highly recommend this extremely simple but adorable Valentine’s Day card activity. Everyone was happy and no one cried…not even my toddler.