I was wondering if we would get a list of names this year for class Valentines. The kids are getting older and I wouldn’t have been surprised if this was the year. With pings of dread I waited, knowing melancholy would set in if they didn’t come, just another reminder that they are growing up. But low and behold I got them, and for both kiddos. 3rd and 4th grade!!!! WOO HOO, thank you teachers!
What do your kiddos do for valentines? I just can’t pass up the tradition of taking the kids to the Walmart or Target or drugstore where the Valentines are lined up on the shelves in boxes. There are cute puppy Valentines, sports themed Valentines, Valentines with and without candy and Valentines with the latest TV and video game characters. They come in those perforated sheets, you know what I’m talking about, with little cute sized envelopes. As much as I don’t always play the commercialism tune, I love taking the kids to pick their Valentines. It is interesting to see what they pick; it is like a little extension of themselves.
Taking them home and watching the kids write them is satisfying to me. My daughter made her own this year. My son, much to my chagrin, got his sister to write all his friends names and sign his name on his valentines before I knew what was happening! Best laid plans…
Here are a few ideas to extend the Valentine writing activity to get a little more bang for your buck.
1. If they are old enough, challenge them to “sign” their name in cursive. You can provide a model if that helps.
2. Put the cards in ABC order by their friend’s names.
3. Talk to them about “special” friends or why they choose certain valentines for certain friends.And if you are interested in a little message of your own, I found these cool Lunchbox notes at imom.com. Did you get a list this year?