With my oldest in pre-k and my youngest in preschool, we are experiencing our first full-fledged kid-focused Valentine’s Day this year.
It seems that we need to make valentines for every kid in each of their classes, plus valentines for the teachers. Oh, and then there are valentines for grandparents, aunts & uncles and friends who don’t attend the same school. That’s a lot of valentines.
While I am not a mom who poo-poos the idea of candy at Valentine’s Day, I do agree that too much of it can spell disaster. Therefore, this year, I set out to create a fun non-food valentine for Isaac to give to his school friends. One that Isaac and I can make together.
Isaac’s favorite movies right now are Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University, so we decided to create a monster-themed valentine.
Pencil Monster Valentine Supplies
- Valentine’s Day pencils
- Googly eye finger puppet rings
- Pipe cleaner in a coordinating color
- Valentines (store-bought or homemade)
- Hole Punch
- Two sided tape (optional)
Pencil Monster Valentine Instructions
- Bend a pipe cleaner around the base of one of the googly eye finger puppet rings.
- Then, starting at the eraser end, wrap the pipe cleaner around the pencil several times. (The ends of the pipe cleaner become the arms of the monster.)
- Press the eraser between the eyes of the googly eye finger puppet ring. (Note: Depending on the size of your ring and size of your pencil, you may need to put a piece of tape on the back of the ring to hold the eyes in place. Or, you could place small pieces of double-sided tape on the side of each “eye,” and then press it onto the eraser to make it more stable.)
- Using a hole punch, punch holes on both sides of your valentine. Then, thread the ends of the pipe cleaners (the “arms”) through the holes, and bend them to secure.
What are your kids giving their classmates as valentines this year?