Not impressed with mass-produced Valentine's Day cards for kids? Here are some cards for classmates that you and your child can craft together -- and get kudos for creativity!
- Valentine mouse: Cut out a 5-by-5-inch square from red construction paper. Fold in half and draw half a heart on one side with the middle of the heart on the fold. Cut out. Keeping the paper folded in half with the straight side toward you, use a black marker to add a small black "eye" near the point. (The point serves as the mouse's nose; the wider part, as its rump.) Glue on a small pink construction paper "ear" above the eye. Tape a flat lollipop inside the folded valentine so the stick pokes out the top of the heart to form a "tail."
- Buy an inexpensive memo pad for each classmate, and cut a piece of red construction paper to fit the cover. Glue it on. Kids can use markers to write "Valentine, You Have the WRITE Stuff!" and sign their name at the bottom. Optional: Print the covers on your home computer and cut to fit the pad. You can also use this idea with a pencil for each classmate; write the words on a construction paper heart and tape it to the pencil.
- Buy a pack of bubble gum for each classmate. Kids can cover each pack with red or pink paper, then use markers to write "STUCK ON YOU." This idea also works with an individual Post-it notepad or a sheet of stickers for each classmate.
- On your computer, make a word-search puzzle using the names of each classmate and the teacher. Print out one copy for each classmate, and have kids write their Valentine's greetings on the bottom.