Valentines for Family Fun

Family Fun with Valentines


valentine card







Making Valentines

With a pink piece of paper and the scissors in my hand,
I cut out a shape that your heart will understand.
With a dash of shiny glitter and a little bit of glue,
I’ll finish up my Valentine and send my love to you!

(Yes, another poem from Year-Round Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes:  Celebrating Holidays and Seasons.)


Valentine Crafts

A Google Image search for kids valentine crafts will send you on a treasure hunt for Family Fun ideas.

There were great ideas using little more than paper, scissors and glue.  Or you can go as fancy as you want with sewing, crocheting, or crafting gifts.

valentine wax paper crayon hearts final-hearts


Supervise the older kids as they make “stained glass” valentines by ironing crayon shavings between two sheets of waxed paper hearts.



valentine potato stamp


Turn a potato into a stamp! 

Dad or Mom are in charge of carving the potatoes into hearts, Xs and Os.

Then let the kids go at it, and stamp away with paint on brown paper bags, construction paper or other crafts.


Expanding Your Valentine’s Project

Once you’ve decided on a way to make hearts, you can expand the project to create

  • ·         Wreaths,
  • ·         Mobiles,
  • ·         Table Decorations
  • ·         Valentine Cards and envelopes
  • ·         Picture frames


Framed Wall Hanging

Why not write your own Valentine’s poem?  (If you like, you could choose one of mine from Year-Round Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes: Celebrating Holidays and Seasons

Write out the poem or a special message on a pink piece of construction paper with a marker or crayon in a color that will show up.

Then paste hearts all around the edge of the paper, to make a frame.

You could use a favorite picture instead of a written message.


Valentine Paper Bag Book


Since this site is all about books, I was excited to find a great book project.  It's simple enough for the littlest learning readers, but adaptable to the most creative teen!  The result is a book full of pockets you can fill with love notes, promises, or whatever you can dream up!


What Valentines projects have you enjoyed as a family?  I’d love to see pictures of your crafts.  You can email me at  Tell me if you would like them posted on my Facebook page, Read-Aloud, Read-Along with Susan Call Hutchison.



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Groundhog looks for his shadow.Today’s poems are from Year-Round Read-Aloud, Read-Along Rhymes: Celebrating Holidays and Seasons .


Groundhog Day

Last fall when it was getting cold
The ground hog crawled into his hole
To sleep all through the Wintertime
And wake up to the Spring’s sunshine.

But stories say that every year
When February 2 is here
The groundhog wakes and comes outside
Curious about what the weather is like. 

The story goes that just the sight
Of his shadow gives him such a fright
That back he goes for six weeks more
Of Winter sleep and groundhog snore.


But if it is a cloudy day,
He bravely comes a little way
Outside, and seeing all is clear
Begins an early Spring that year.


I don’t think that a groundhog can 
Really change the weather’s plan,
But curious creatures—like groundhogs and me
Just wish we could know when Springtime will be!


Family Fun for Groundhog Day

Everyone can enjoy making and eating these Groundhog Cupcakes!

An Almond Joy Groundhog tops this holiday cupcake.










And if you don’t have time to make them this week, plan to make them for the official end of winter, March 20, when the poem for that day is:

No Matter What the Groundhog Saw

No matter what the groundhog saw,
Winter ends today.
I saw it on my calendar.
Let’s make a holiday!

We’ll take a day just to be glad
The air is getting warm
And grass is green and flowers bloom,
And sunshine follows storm.

I think I’ll paint a rainbow
And a tree where robins sing.
No matter what the groundhog saw,
Tomorrow will be Spring!



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