Simple “Green Valentines” for Your Little Kids

February 4th, 2008

It’s hard to believe Valentines Day is next week. Soon it will be time to run out and buy those cutesy Valentine cards so popular with the preschool set. Wait a minute – they’re packaged in boxes shrink wrapped in environmentally unfriendly plastic. Plus, who ever remembers to buy them until your little darling reminds you the day before Valentine’s Day? By then the odds are good that you’ll need to make an extra trip to the store just to pick up the cards – wasting gas.

This Valentine’s Day, get ahead of the curve with an approach that’s cute, eco-friendly, inexpensive, and fun. Go retro and make your own Valentine’s cards!

You can get fancy if you want, but I’ve gotten rave reviews from the preschool teachers with just the simplest of Valentines. Before my son could even cut out a heart shaped valentine, he cut circles, squares, oblong odd shapes – whatever he could muster – from red construction paper. Then I either wrote his name on each one or he stuck a sticker with his name on each Valentine.

The teachers and kids loved the home made Valentines. I loved doing a simple, easy craft with my child from materials that we already had at home. What’s more, I didn’t waste gas, consume unnecessary plastic, or have to spend bucks on silly Valentine’s cards.

C’mon…join me and make your own Valentines. It’s just one simple way to show love to Mother Earth this Valentine’s Day!

— Lynn

Copyright 2008 Organicmania

4 Responses to “Simple “Green Valentines” for Your Little Kids”

  1. The Not Quite Crunchy Parent on February 6, 2008 5:01 am

    That’s exactly what we will do – make our own. Since my son and his kindergarten classmates are Lego fans we’ll take a picture of one of his original creations and print it out on card stock with a valentine’s message.

    I did look at boxed cards but..I just couldn’t get over the assortment- cheap junk with commercial characters – to be thrown away the day after V-day.

    Thanks for stopping by, MC! Leave it to The Not Quite Crunchy Parent to come up with a great “Green Valentine” idea! — Lynn

  2. sue on February 7, 2008 10:46 am

    my kids and I are having a blast creating
    valentines notes. Great idea. If you want to
    post cards from your readers I have a cute one from
    my daughter. Even my older son thought it was
    a good idea.


    Glad to hear it! :) Would love to see the card – send a pic and maybe I can post it!

  3. Dannie on February 7, 2008 8:43 pm

    I plan to help my daughter make her own. She loves to do crafts, so it will be right up her alley.

    Great, thanks for sharing Dannie, and thanks for stopping by! — Lynn

  4. Steve on February 22, 2008 10:31 pm

    Lynn, Way to go! This is an awesome idea! As the dad of a special little girl, I’ve always made her valentine by hand, except one year, and boy did I hear about that! Making a card, in a world of preprinted, impersonal messaged cards makes for great memories, and leaves plenty of opportunity to customize to fit the receiver. My daughter is visually impaired, so I always add tactile features much to her delight.

    For her schoolmates it was always the prepackaged pop hero-of-the-day cards until this year when her mom found valentine’s cards online that were both braille and print. While they weren’t homemade, they were printed on recylced paper and were clearly different! Her classmates loved them (as did all the adults she sent them to!)

    So what do you have up your sleeve for St. Patty’s Day Lynn?!! Inquiring minds want to know!! Thanks again for all your great work with this blog!

    Hey Steve, thanks for checking out OrganicMania! It’s great to see a Dad on the site every so often! I love the story about the Braille cards. Thanks for sharing this!
    But St. Patty’s Day? I haven’t even thought that far ahead! :) — Lynn

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