This activity not only encourages drawing and coloring but also allows children to express their creativity and emotions through personalized messages. Plus, it’s a great way for them to make something they can give to others, spreading the love on Valentine’s Day.
- Plain white cardstock or heavy paper
- Colored pencils, markers, or crayons
- Glitter pens or stickers for decoration (optional)
- Safety scissors
- Glue stick
- Fold the Card: Start with a piece of cardstock cut to the size you want the card. Fold it in half to create a card shape.
- Sketch Your Design: On the front of the card, lightly sketch out a Valentine’s Day design with pencil. This could be a heart, flowers, favorite animals, or even a portrait of the person the card is for. Check out a quick how to draw video on the Young Rembrandts YouTube channel for inspiration.
- Outline in Pen: Go over the pencil lines with a black pen or a marker to create a bold outline. Make sure these lines are thick and clear, as they will guide the coloring.
- Color Your Drawing: Use colored pencils, markers, or crayons to color in your design. Think about Valentine’s colors like red, pink, white, and purple.
- Add a Personal Message: Inside the card, write a sweet Valentine’s Day message. It could be something like “You’re My Best Friend” or “Happy Valentine’s Day!”.
- Decorate: Use glitter pens, stickers, or even stamping to add a special touch to the card. This is where kids can get creative with decorations!
- Create a Matching Envelope: If you have extra cardstock, you can create a matching envelope. Cut the cardstock into a rectangle that’s twice as wide as the card and about 1.5 times its height. Fold the sides inward and the bottom up to create the pocket, and then glue the edges.
- Gift Your Card: Write the name of the recipient on the front of the envelope, place the card inside, and deliver your DIY Valentine to someone special!
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