At our previous childcare facility they didn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, so this was our first year doing a school Valentine’s Exchange.
Only, this Valentine’s exchange turned into party x 4 because I’ve got two kids and they celebrated on two different days (so all the kids could celebrate, given that many only attend on MWF or TTh).
There are 25 kids in the class x 4 (again, 2 kids & 2 days of parties), so we needed 100 Valentine’s all together.
Initially I let the girls pick their own box of Valentine’s from Walmart. They’re relatively inexpensive (about $2.50-$3.50 per box), but I realized after-the-fact that I’d only bought enough for one day (not two). Plus, some of the boxes only have 16 Valentines, so I was having to buy 2 in order to cover the 25 kids. When I went back to the store a second time (for day#2 of parties) I decided to do something a little different.
I bought a box of pink Valentine’s themed Tootsy Roll pops and set about making my own Valentine’s!
I stole the butterfly idea from the back of the tootsy roll box
I cut the papers myself (which certainly weren’t great. I was rushing to do them on short notice), and I let the girls put stickers on the butterfly wings. Ideally I would’ve let them color and really decorate the butterflies, but time was limited.
After the stickers and suckers were in place, I wrote a To/From message.
Really not great, but not bad in a hurry. And it was easy and cheap!! Plus, recipients got a full sized sucker! Score from a kid’s perspective, right? ?
After the party, I also took a picture of another kid’s homemade Valentine this would be Super Easy, still cheap, and is a creative way of doing something other than the usual boxed Valentine stuff.
Our girls are at a Christian preschool, so it works well for the environment. They just glued this card on the back of a box of sweet hearts. On the front, they filled in the To/From labels. That’s it! Super easy!
So so there you have it. If you’re looking for a cheap, homemade last minute Valentine, here are a couple ideas.
What do you usually do for kids’ Valentine’s exchanges?