I don’t typically make much of February 14th. A red shirt and a little ‘something special’ for the Mister was about as far as I’d ever go. Maybe it’s because this is Violet’s first Valentine’s Day (and maybe it’s because so many of you have hopped onboard with the blog – yay!) but this year our family took on two little Valentine’s Day projects and I’m glad we did! Here’s how we put together our “Thumbody in NY loves you” valentines!
Finger Paint (Water, sugar, flour, food colouring)
Stickers (if you’re looking to bump things up a notch)
This project is pretty simple (simple enough to do with an 11 month old!) and I won’t insult your intelligence by providing step-by-step instructions for cutting white paper and glueing it to a red background. I will, however, give you some tips and some info about our experiences with this craft!
Obviously you can make the cards in whatever shapes/colours you please. We picked red for its classic Valentine-ness and I cut the cards in such a way that we could fit them inside leftover envelopes given to us by the extra-zealous WalMart employee who handled our last photo print order.
It was important to me that I make the fingerpaint because I knew some of it would be ingested during the foray into fingerpainting! I tried a couple of recipes. The first one called for cornstarch and that seemed like a good idea because I figured cornstarch would give the paint a nice consistency but I basically ended up with custards in the 4 primary colours which were gelatinous and not paint-like.
For my second go at the paint I followed this recipe from Momtastic and it was much more successful!
As you can imagine, it took several days to reach the final product. One day, Violet and I cut the papers. Another day we decorated the insides of the cards with stickers.
On Saturday, I made the paint while Violet played with her dad and later all three of us did our thumbprints. Finally, one evening after bedtime, I drew the faces onto the thumbprints, wrote out the messages and stuffed them into envelopes. The rest is up to the mail carriers! #MelHal