I picked Emmet up from preschool the other day and he had a note in his backpack about their upcoming valentine's day festivities. So of course, rather than doing the dishes, folding the laundry, or any number of other things on my to do list, I designed valentines for his class instead. AND I figured, since I was designing cute little valentines I might as well just make a free printable for anyone else to use too!
There are two printables available; You're the Cat's Meow and I'm Wild about you, both feature the same font and illustrated hearts. They look super cute on their own OR you can have your little help decorate them even more. I had Emmet decorate them with painted circles and with crayons. See examples (and further instructions below)
Download them here and find the instructions below:
To make them:
1. Download the PDF and Print on card stock (card stock)
2. Cut out the valentines
3. Punch holes on the two dots OR use a ball point pen to poke holes (my hole punch couldn't reach)
4. Poke baker's twine (find mine here) through both holes from the front side.
5. Slip an animal, cats for the cat's meow and wild animal in the I'm wild about you (cats and wild animals), through the loop created on the front side and tie the twine in the back.
Extension for kids #1: I had Emmet paint pieces of paper (he had a blast! We used a variety of colors and tried to cover the entire paper). Once his paintings were dry I used my circle punch (similar) to punch out circles. I put dots of glue on the empty spaces on his valentines and had him press the circles paint side up on each dot. Cute, crafty, great for fine motor, AND they have some ownership in the valentines rather than just having mama (or dada) make them.
Extension for kids #2: Let them decorate them with crayons before poking the holes. A lot easier than the painted circles, same sense of ownership, but a little less cute.