The teacher informed me that they are having a Valentine's Day party in the 2-3 yr old room on Wednesday (can't start them early enough on consumer based holidays can we?), and that I needed to sign up to bring a snack (juice boxes -- done!) and some valentines for the kids.
Yuck! -- more work for me when I am just trying to get him out of my hair for the day. So...this is what I did (all with supplies I had around the house).
What you will need:
a few pieces of brightly colored construction paper
a few pieces of brightly colored tissue paper
a computer, printer and a few pieces of printer paper
you will also need a willing toddler.
I prepared the materials in advance (during nap time). One thing I have learned from attempting crafts with a toddler, is that it is impossible to try to prepare materials, model use of materials and supervise use of materials at the same time, so I used all the messy stuff before he got up. A small bowl of glue makes a lot less of a mess than a squeeze bottle (trust me!).
I folded the construction paper in half and cut out hearts (about 4-6 inches long).
I made up and typed out a silly poem on the computer and printed out copies (don't laugh -- I am lazy -- and the words are true!):
helped me make
this card for you.
Happy Valentine’s Day
From Boddhi Dharma Morrow
Austin Avenue Parent’s Day Out
2010I pasted this poem on one side of each heart. When Boddhi woke up from nap he got to glue tissue paper on the other side. I tore the tissue paper and wadded it up into little bits (pictured below) --then I poured a tiny bit of glue in a small bowl and let Boddhi dip the tissue paper and glue it to the heart. Tons of fun for him because his favorite things are glue and scissors. Here are a few pictures.
It was fun and easy and the whole thing took around 30 minutes total. Boddhi is so excited about taking them to school tomorrow to share with his friends.
Happy valentine making to you :)