If you’re like me, part of you wants to be one of those moms who’s organized enough to make all those adorably sweet Valentine’s Day cards and crafts that you’ve pinned on your “Valentine’s Day” board.
How can you possibly remember to buy all the measuring rulers and then print out the cute “you rule” cards in which to wrap them before the big day? It practically feels like you just got reorganized after the holidays and suddenly it’s time to be turning in all 20 cards to school. So, you end up taking the easy way out and throw the Ninja Turtle cards into your cart on your way out of the drugstore. You force your kids to write their name 20 times the night before their due date and you call it a day. Sound familiar?
My memories of creating Valentine’s Day cards as a kid still remain pretty clear in that dusty old mommy brain of mine. I know it never involved hours of labor and lots of money buying trinkets and embellishing them with photo-ready labels. In our day, all you needed was paper, doilies, glue, markers, a sprinkle of glitter and a splash of imagination. That’s why this year, I’m ditching all the perfect, computer-designed cards and going old school.
We pulled out the craft supplies and the kids made their own. I provided a little inspiration and then they rolled their eyes and created their own masterpieces. Yes, there was a glittery, gluey mess, but it kept them occupied for a whole hour on a cold, gloomy winter afternoon. I’d rather have them use some creativity and take responsibility for making their own cards, instead of me doing it all for them.
So let your little ones spread their cupid wings and have some good, old-fashioned fun with materials you already have flying around the house....