On Friday Trevor got to exchange Valentines with the classmates in his Language Group. Instead of going out and buying pre-made Valentines, I decided it would be fun (and much more special) if we made them ourselves. So we created these hand stamped Valentines.
What you need:
- red paint
- blank cards
- toilet paper roll
How to make it:
- Fold the toilet paper roll in half lengthwise to create 2 creases.
- Push one of the creases back into the middle of the toilet paper roll to create a heart shape.
- Secure heart stamp with a piece of tape at each end.
- Dip the heart stamp into the red paint, then stamp onto the front of the blank cards.
- Let dry, then write a special message inside.
- Share your hand-stamped Valentines!
We did a practice run on a piece of paper, and I highly suggest you do that. Trevor doesn’t have the fine motor control to create a full heart shape without a little help. That big red blob in the corner of the paper is his attempt. The ones that look like hearts I helped him with, hand over hand. If your little one is older and/or has good fine motor control you can skip the practice run if you want.
Me and Trev stamping the Valentines together:
The finished product:
Our inside messages, complete with Trevor’s “signature”:
I cut a small rectangle out of a piece of cardboard and let Trevor scribble, so that his “signature” was contained to the right spot:
These turned out beautifully! Also, Trevor had so much fun with the heart stamp we made. He was covered in red paint by the time we were done. After I got some good impressions on the Valentines I gave him back the practice sheet and let him run wild. He loves to dip and stamp!