Friday, January 16, 2015

Cupid's Mailbox Activity with Free Printable Valentine Cards


My Santa's Mailbox has been my most popular activity on the blog so far, and it was one of our favorites around Christmas. Now that Valentine's Day is coming up I thought we'd make one for our Valentines too!

This is a very easy craft that turns into a fun activity for toddlers and preschoolers. It would work great in a pre-school classroom setting for collecting Valentine cards, or at home just for fun! And it recycles a baby wipes box, which makes it frugal too.

To make the mailbox, you will need:

  • Empty baby wipes box. A tissue box will also work but it will not be as sturdy and may not last for long.
  • Red, pink, and white felt.
  • Mod Podge or other fabric glue
  • Scissors

Directions:

Cut out a piece of red felt large enough to wrap around the base of your wipes box. I used a Huggies box and mine was 3.75" x 23". Coat the base of the box in Mod Podge and wrap the red felt around. Trim any excess around the bottom.


Cut out heart shapes from the pink and white felt. I do hearts like I learned in kindergarten, by folding the felt in half and cutting a half-heart around the fold. It's the only way I can make them even.


Coat the backs of your felt hearts with Mod Podge and adhere to your box. If your felt is thin, you may have some glue leak through, so apply sparingly. I glued a few to the top too. Allow to dry.


Your mailbox is done! Now you need some Valentines to put inside. I've put together a set of printable cards that can be cut to fit through the top (depending on your box of course). Print these out on card stock for best results.



Now you're ready to play! Your toddler will have lots of fun putting the cards into the mailbox. 



And you can play a fun matching game with the cards! Put one of each kind in the mailbox, then show your toddler a card and have him find the match. You can also have them draw their own Valentines for friends and family to keep inside their mailbox.

Lots of fun possibilities!  Happy Valentine's Day!

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