Victorian Valentines

Victorian Valentines

This was such a cute project that I just HAD to share it – even though Valentine’s Day has already past.

I found a couple of packs of old fashioned looking stickers {kinda like this or this or this} while browsing scrapbooking supplies and I just couldn’t pass them up.

I wasn’t sure what to do with the stickers at first, but when I pulled out the heart shaped doilies for Valentine’s Day, I realized they would be a perfect pair!

Thus were born our “Victorian Valentines!”

Victorian Valentines

We cut out some pink and red hearts from construction paper to fit within the “lace” and glued them down.  Then they added stickers to the heart.

We kept these to use as decorations, but if you wanted to give them as actual Valentines, there’s plenty of room on the back to write a nice message!

Happy Crafting!

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Spreading a Love of Reading This Valentine’s Day

Spread a Love of Reading This Valentine's Day!

I love Usborne Books & More, and so for Valentine’s Day, I’d like to share some of that love with you!

This company has done amazing things in my life, and since I’ve been a part of it, I’ve found my kids reading and asking me to read to them even MORE than they used to!

I’ve been able to witness kids who were unable to keep their hands off of these gorgeous books.  I’ve seen kids hug them.  Cling to them.  I watched children just today who picked out some books from my booth at a craft fair, and barely make it to the next booth before sitting down on the grass to read and play with their new books while their mother shopped for hair bows.

Kids love these books.

And, so, to celebrate this love, I wanted to share a few books with you that are great reads for Valentine’s Day…… and all year long!

The Best Children's Books for Valentine's Day

Cuddle Bear

The Children Who Loved Books

The Dog Who Loved Red

The Big Snuggle Up

East of the Sun, West of the Moon {Read my review here}

Beauty and the Beast

I Love Words

I Love People

Children’s Cupcake Kit

Decorations to Cut, Fold, & Stick

Choose Your Own Ever After:  A Hot, Cold Summer

Illustrated Fairy Tales

Illustrated Stories of Princes and Princesses

Singing to the Sun

The Key to My Heart

What Comes After a Thousand?

The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness

Wilfrid Gordon Mcdonald Partridge

But if you’d rather just browse the entire catalog of over 1,800 books yourself, you can start at BooksWithRosie.com!

Teach Your Kids to LOVE Books!

My experience has shown that if you expose kids to awesome books, the love blossoms all on it’s own.

But you can help that process along by surrounding kids with amazing books!  :)

Teach Your Kids to LOVE Books!

Happy Valentine’s Day – and Happy Reading!!

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Images copyright Usborne Publishing

Valentine’s Day Free Printable Tags for Pens & Pencils

FREE Valentine's Day Tags for Pens and Pencils

I recently posted some Printable Valentine’s Day Tags for Bubbles, which were the treats my kids handed out to their classes for Valentine’s Day.

Then I realized that their teachers may not want bubbles as a present….

And as I browsed the shelves, looking at everything from candy to candles, I wandered into the school supply aisle and spied some colorfully decorated gel pens.

I thought they looked fun, and teachers always need pens…..

Free Printable Valentine's Day Tags for Pens and Pencils

So I picked up the pens and made some printable tags for them.

The tags have an illustration of a pen on them, which is light so you can write over it, and after you cut them out, you just need to use a hole punch to add a hole to the one side.

I made them in both red and blue, so you can pick whichever you like best, and I tied them onto the pens with some bakers twine.

The gel pens actually make a really cute gift for older kids as well, and it’s a great non-candy option.

Here are the two tags in printable PDF form:

Valentine’s Day Printable Tags for Pens and Pencils (Blue)

Valentine’s Day Printable Tags for Pens and Pencils (Red)

Enjoy!

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Valentine’s Day Coloring Page with John 3:16 Quote

Free Valentine's Day Printable Coloring Page with John 3:16 Quote I made this coloring page not only for my kids to color, but also for my daughter’s Sunday school class.  My mom volunteers in the class and I offered it as an extra project for them to color as they arrived on the day they were going to discuss Valentine’s Day.

I try to incorporate the love that God has for us into all holidays when discussing them with my kids and I like the idea of blending “Valentine” with the Bible quote John 3:16.  I’d seen it done as a poster, but I wanted something that involved my kids a little more in a hands-on way.

Which is why I created this coloring page. It’s free for home and classroom use, but please don’t sell it! To get the free printable PDF, click the link below:

Valentine’s Day Coloring Page John 3:16

Some of my other free Valentine’s printables include:

Valentine's Day Letter Search  Free Printable Valentine's Day Tags for Bubbles

Enjoy!

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“Chalkboard” Valentine’s Day Hearts

"Chalkboard" Valentine's Day Hearts Activity for Kids

This is a fun little activity I did with my girls to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

I cut some hearts out of black construction paper and drew on them with white and silver colored pencils to show my girls how it looked.

The fun mini hearts look like little chalkboards and my girls were delighted with how the light colors looked so vibrant on the dark hearts.

They spent quite a while drawing on the hearts and experimenting with different colors {though mostly after I took the photograph}.

The picture shows just a few of the hearts, but one of the things I also made sure to do was to cut out hearts in varying sizes.

And next time I’ll probably let them help me cut them out, but this time they were too busy coloring.  :)

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Valentine’s Day Letter Search FREE Printable Worksheet

Valentine's Day Letter Search FREE Printable Worksheet at RoamingRosie.com

I made this cute worksheet to include in my kid’s Valentine’s Day activities.

It’s great since my girls are learning their letters, but it’s still fun, even for older kids that are just beginning to read on their own.

It’s also a great worksheet to use if you’re following along with our Alphabet Activities.

It’s free for home and classroom use, but please don’t sell or reproduce it.

You can print the PDF by clicking the link below:

Valentine’s Day Letter Search

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Valentine’s Day Printable Tags for Bubbles

Free Printable Valentine's Day Tags for Bubbles

These are the Valentine’s Day treats that my kids will be giving to their class this month.

I chose bubbles because I really wanted to avoid adding even more sugar to the student’s pile of what was sure to be a large load of candy.

And bubble are always a hit with kids.

So I looked around and found these adorable mini bubbles at Target in the holiday section of the store.  I then found the Valentine’s colored bakers twine in the bargain section near the front of Target.

Of course, you can also sometimes find colorful bakers twine in the baking section of stores, and I’ve sometimes found fun colors of bakers twine in the craft section of my local Dollar Tree.

And if you’re having trouble finding mini bubbles, I’ve found that Party City usually has a large supply of colorful bubbles as party favors.

Free Printable Valentine's Day Tags for Bubbles

Anyway:  back to the tags!

I made these heart-shaped tags in red and pink, after playing around with other color combinations like red and blue or red and purple.  I found I liked the way these looked best.

And they probably would have looked even better for my photos if my printer hadn’t started running out of ink…..

I made two versions.  The first has both a “to” and “from” on it, and the second {seen in the photos} only has “from.”

I did this because my girls are in preschool and it just seemed easier on everyone if we only wrote their names on the Valentines instead of the names of all of their classmates, too.  But older kids might want to write who they’re for, so I made that an option.

Valentine's Day Printable Tags for Bubbles

To assemble the Valentines, I first wrote my girls’ names on the heart and cut them out.  Then I punched a hole in the heart with a hole punch on the left side of the top of the heart.

Next, I cut a piece of bakers twine about 10 inches long and tied it around the neck of the bubble bottle.  I double knotted it so it wouldn’t go anywhere.  Then I strung the heart onto one piece of the tied bakers twine and tied another double knot to secure the heart to the bubbles.

You could stop there, I guess, but I went ahead and tied a bow to make them look a little nicer.  I double knotted the bow as well, so it wouldn’t come undone.

I then packed all the bubbles into a heart-shaped basket we already had to make it easy for my girls to bring them to school

To open the free printable PDFs, click on the link below for the one you want:

Valentine’s Day Printable Tags for Bubbles  {with “To” and “From”}

Valentine’s Day Printable Tags for Bubbles  {with “From” only}

Happy Crafting!  And please share your photos with me here or on Facebook if you make these!!

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