Monday, February 8, 2010

The Art Box – Valentine Style

blog pictures 044 In the Art Box last week: some patterned paper hearts that M cut early in the week, foam and silver heart stickers, foam heart beads, valentine colored pom-poms and buttons, sparkly heart sprinkles, paint, doilies, construction paper, glue, stamps, stamps, and more stamps, and red glitter.

M was very excited about this particular art box. This was the first year I didn’t have a single Valentine craft idea in place, and I was ready to enjoy seeing what he would come up with on his own. We went over the list of people we’ll send Valentines to, and I was so happy to see him excited about making something for the specific purpose of gifting it to someone.

He started off taking a look at all the stamps and had fun with some new roller stamps I found at pictures 046

Before long he was gluing and sticking and stamping all over the place. This was so much fun! I loved that he thought it was completely appropriate to include firetruck and helicopter stamps too. :) I had fun hearing about who was getting which Valentine, and all he wanted to do on each one. Here’s a sampling of what he did:
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He still has a few more to make, and I’m wondering if he’ll agree to folding these so they are more like cards (with extra decorations on the front). I love each one and I hinted to him that I sure would love to get one too. I may have to hint this to Daddy as well. ;)

I know these are not the cutesy crafty Valentines that we all love, but they were truly made with love and something M was able to do completely on his own. I love that they really look “kid made”. :) I hope everyone who gets one knows how special they are!

Link your Art Box posts up below! A warm thanks to all of you who participate – I love visiting your blogs and seeing your posts!

Have a beautiful day! :)


  1. Awesome week. Homemade Valentines are way better than the pre-made ones. Drew loved making his last week. I didn't even think of hinting to him to make me one. Maybe we will make one for Dad today. Hope everyone is all better!

  2. Those Valentine's are so sweet!! Kid made things are always the best :)

  3. Well I think he's done a fabulous job. I particularly like the green one the little swirl of sparkles he has created. :)

  4. I love his emerging creativity - those Valentines will be so precious for their recipients. It's great that you gave him so many choices too.

  5. I think these are the best kinds of valentines to receive! I need to set up a bunch of materials for my kids to make valentines with like this!

  6. What a great idea I had another person stop by and tell me to add my link for one of my recent post. I glad she did it is great.

  7. I just found your blog and I love it already! I need all the help I can get in the mom department. I love your son's valentines and that he made them all by himself. Those are the best kinds of gifts! Thanks for the ideas. =)

  8. The rolling hearts are so cool! M's Valentines are great! I bet they will be well received. We finally got on board :)

  9. great ideas for a valentines art box.. and even his finished projects still fit within the theme.. you did such a great job choosing his materials this week

  10. great ideas for a valentines art box.. and even his finished projects still fit within the theme.. you did such a great job choosing his materials this week


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