We spent a few hours this weekend getting ready for the 3 Valentine’s Day Parties at school on Tuesday. Since we don’t do large birthday parties for our kids’ classes, we make a point of doing small gifts for classmates at Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
This year’s gifts started with boxes of Valentine’s I found at Target for $2.99 each. The boys’ boxes came with stickers, and my daughter’s had ring tattoos. My second grader wrote the names for his cards while my Kindergartener and preschooler signed their names on their cards. I wrote the names of the classmates for the younger two to ensure we didn’t miss anyone.
Then, using bags I found at Five Below, we put candy hearts in the bags, tie them close, and taped the valentine on the outside of the bag. For my daughter’s class, we included the tattoo in the bag to prevent it from getting lost.
Last time, we used bags from the Dollar Tree, long with red and white M and M’s and Christmas playdough on sale after Christmas at Target. As you can see, it was a family project.
I printed the Valentines off the internet in color and cut them out for my son. We did tuck these in the bag, but I think that makes it more difficult for the teacher’s aides to distribute them.
Next year, I may have 4 classes to do!
- Ask the teacher for the class list early. Often, the teachers send them out at the beginning of the year or at Christmas time.
- Decide at the beginning what you want to do, and make sure you have more than enough supplies.
- Break the project down into smaller steps. I had the kids sign the cards one day. We bagged the items another day.
- Given enough time, Kindergarteners can sign their names and write their classmates names. Preschoolers can handle signing their own names. First grade and up can do both more quickly, but still give them plenty of time.
- Make sure the classmate’s name is on the outside of the bag. Your teacher will love you!
- Take advantage of after Christmas sales to stock up on red items or hit the dollar store. Think cheap and disposable.
Do you give out Valentine’s at school? If you do, what are your tips for keeping the giving frugal and manageable yet fun?
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