Will you be my Valentine (from six feet away)?

The mail has been a bit slow this year (we’ve all felt the pandemic related delays…), but that shouldn’t stop your kids from making a Valentine’s Day card for someone they love. We’ve got some simple steps from Busy Little Hands: Art Play! to get you started. And don’t let the snail mail delays and social distancing get you down. You can even make your own super-special place to send and receive mail right at home with these easy step-by-step instructions!

Art Play! Hands Making a Card

Make a Card Photo © Mars Vilaubi, excerpted from Busy Little Hands: Art Play!

What you’ll need:

  • A cardboard box of any size
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Colorful tape
  • Markers, crayons, paints, and oil pastels
  • Stickers
Art Play! Mailbox Directions

Mailbox Slot Photo © Mars Vilaubi, excerpted from Busy Little Hands: Art Play!

Grown-up steps:

  • Cut a mail slot into the cardboard box.
  • Create a simple card-making station with a stack of blank paper, stickers, markers, crayons, colorful tape, pastels, or whatever you have on hand.

Kid steps:

  • Decorate the cardboard “mailbox” with tape, stickers, markers, and paint.
  • Fold a piece of paper in half to make a card.

Folded Card Photo © Mars Vilaubi, excerpted from Busy Little Hands: Art Play!

  • Decorate your card with markers, crayons, oil pastels, and stickers.
  • Put your cards in your special mailbox.
Art Play! Mailbox

Mailbox Photo © Mars Vilaubi, excerpted from Busy Little Hands: Art Play!

Who will you send a card to? If you try card making with your kids, let us know. Share your Busy Little Hands: Art Play! inspired projects with us @storeypub and @homegrownfriends on Instagram with the hashtag #ArtPlay.


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