I find it amusing that Lucas’s first school project—complete with that special kind of School Project Stress—was the making of 30 valentines for his classmates and teachers. The teacher’s letter was very clear about them NOT being store-bought valentines. I feel very glad that I managed to read that letter the day it was brought home because it motivated me to put valentines-making sessions on the calendar. Thirty valentines is a lot of work for someone who has a 42-minute attention span—and yes, I mean Lucas, but that might apply equally to me as well. So we (Ian, Lucas, and I) all tackled the valentines with dedication and diligence, beginning a week and a half ago and finishing last night—one day before the deadline. 

Lucas employed the paint spinner toy that we gave him for Christmas, dripping paint onto a square of paper and then spinning it to make star-bursty and swirly designs of red, blue, yellow, and green. We cut the square paintings into hearts. Lucas was inspired to make some into butterflies. We folded pink and light blue card stock into small greeting cards. We glued. We cut out more hearts. We wrote cute messages like, "I’m glad we’re buddies" and "Let’s have a play date" and "Dude, you’re cool," on the computer and printed and cut them out. We glued some more. Lucas wrote his name in every single card with a rainbow pencil. We added a touch of glitter glue for some bling. 

We are all happy with the outcome. The cards are lovely. Each one is unique. Lucas held out through the whole process, only flagging in enthusiasm once or twice. We got through it together and I’m proud of him.

5 Responses to “Valentines”

  • kittiliscious
    February 12, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Those are wonderful! And the image of the three of you working on them together is downright heartwarming. What a lucky kid!


  • childofeos
    February 12, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    That sounds like a wonderful bonding activity for the three of you to do together. I really like the ‘butterfly’ cards you have in the photo. I’m sure all of his classmates will enjoy them, too.


  • tshuma
    February 12, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    They really are beautiful!


  • parnasus
    February 12, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Those are adorable!!
    Neither of my children’s classes are having valentines from home this year 🙁 And I bought stuff to make them and everything. ;p



  • jaleenafied
    February 12, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    aaaawwwww i love them!


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