One of my favorite days of the year when I was a child was Valentine’s Day. Decorating the cereal box mailbox with doilies and hearts and stickers was one of my favorite crafts. And the concept of “If you bring valentines, you have to bring one for everyone” must have been established by then—or in any case, I don’t have any traumatizing memories of not getting as many valentines as other people. There was the inevitable “Someone got a BETTER and/or more SIGNIFICANT valentine”—but deciding what makes a valentine good/significant is Big Fun for some of us. (Fortunately, classroom valentines are over by the time there are serious hormones to consider.)
Little Owl valentine cards by Letter C Design on Etsy (photo from the shop). We are fond of owls at our house. It is nice to have on-trend tastes: there is so much merchandise available.
Superhero girls and boys by LuckyLu Creations on Etsy (photos from the shop). The trouble with something hand-colored is that you pay extra for the hand-coloring when maybe you would have been just as happy with the color coming from the printer. Happier, perhaps. But I would have a lot of fun getting a set each of girl and boy superheros and trying to match hair color to as many kids in the class as possible.
Little Hoots school valentines by The Fox and the Teacup on Etsy (photo from the shop). I want these for myself.
Sweets classroom valentine cards by Jack & Jane Paper on Etsy (photo from the shop).
Valentine cards by Mad Design on Etsy (photo from the shop). It would be fun to decide which kid to give each valentine to.
Googly-eyed monster valentines by Pages of Inspiration on Etsy (photo from the shop). Ha! These make me laugh each time I see them.
Ninja valentines by T and Little S Designs on Etsy (photo from the shop). I like how flexible this artist is: Henry is into ninjas this year, but he wouldn’t want them anxious-eyed (NINJAS ARE TOUGH) or wearing green (NINJAS WEAR BLACK). I’d get them all in black and all with the “I just snuck in” message.
Dinosaur valentines by We & The Bean on Etsy (photo from the shop). I found these inexplicably touching. I think because the sentiment is so frank, and so appropriate for elementary school kids.