Remember Monday’s post about potato-stamp Valentine’s Day cards? The ones you can make with your kids minus the miserable stroll through the craft-store aisles? The inspiration behind it was what you see here: my daughter was napping and all of a sudden my son announced that he was willing to make Valentines for his classmates, and I had exactly two seconds to conceive of a doable plan before losing him to the living room rug, where the epic battle between Mini Cons and random dragon figurines that my mother bought at the Met had finally been put on pause for a moment.
And so this is what I decided to do: help him make school (of fish! whee, puns!)-themed Valentines that ticked all of my personal boxes: inexpensive (check), easy (check), witty (eh, sort of), and (seemingly) original (checkity check check check).
(It is not lost on me that I have an addiction to parentheticals. Moving on.)
The cool thing about these Valentines is that if there’s any element that you don’t have readily available (the “so glad you’re in my school” printable is available here), you can easily swap in an alternative.
- Don’t have Swedish Fish? Throw some Goldfish in there, because you know you have them. Maybe you even have the rainbow ones. That’d be cool.
- Don’t have clear favor bags left over from the last birthday party? Oh hey Ziploc!
- Don’t have pipe cleaners? Do you have anything at all that will make a bag be closed rather than open? Like string/twine/twist-ties/ribbon/rubber bands/yarn/dental floss/your old Blackberry cord?
Done and done.