Boosting Literacy Skills
with Valentine Cards and Crafts
In addition to reading a variety of Valentine’s Day books, consider trying some other activities that promote literacy. This week I’ll give suggestions for making cards and other crafty type things. Next week, I’ll tell you about more books and offer several ideas for other Valentine’s Day activities. (They may look familiar—it’s a repeat from last year, with a few modifications.)
Many kids love making cards. Of course, all you really need is to just put out a bunch of paper, doilies, glue, glitter… But if you want some other ideas, here are several to get started.
First, you need to know how to easily cut out hearts.
Cutting Out Hearts from EHow.com
This video shows how to cut out hearts, plus shows some ideas of what to do with them.
Winged Hearts Card from Artists Helping Children
The directions seemed a little tricky but the result is pretty neat.
Magically Appearing Name Card from Artists Helping Children
Potato Print Heart Cards from Imagination Station
A fun idea
So Cute! Our Favorite Make-in-a-Night DIY Valentines! from iVillage
A bunch of ideas…
Valentine’s Day Cards from Martha Stewart
Here are a bunch of ways I Love You is said in other languages. Add some to your cards!
Je t’aime French
Te amo Spanish
Wo ai ni Chinese (Mandarin)
Ik hou van jou Dutch
Ich liebe dich German
Ani ohev otach (male) Ani ohevet otcha (female) Hebrew
Volim te Croatian
Ai shite masu Japanese, female speech
Ai shiteru yo Japanese, male speech
Mi amas vin Esperanto
Jag älskar dig Swedish
OTHER VALENTINE’S DAY CRAFTS
Woven Heart Basket from Artists Helping Children
There are 2 versions given—difficult and easy.
Heart People from Artists Helping Children
Adding speech bubbles could be fun!
Drawing and Making Animals Out of Hearts from Artists Helping Children
Valentine’s Day Peas and Toothpick Heart and Arrow Craft from Artists Helping Children
Odd, but looks fun!
Danielle’s Place from Danielle’s Place
This has a whole bunch of crafts, plus a few cards.
Pocket Heart Valentine from Reading Rockets
Looks quite easy to do.
Heart-Shaped Crafts from Martha Stewart
Click arrows to see all 33 crafts – looks like lots of fun!
Do you have Valentine’s Day crafts that your family enjoys? Tell about them in the Comments Box!