Portland, Maine – I guess it’s a week after Christmas when I think of an old friend I’ll call Sally. Sally told me that every year, she takes everyone’s holiday cards and puts them in an album. What a respectful thing to do, especially when you consider the thought, time, and expense spent on holiday greetings. I look at the stack of wonderful well wishes we received, the family photographs, and then I face the facts–my children’s baby books are not finished yet. I’ll never get these put into an album. GUILT. GUILT. GUILT.
SO WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THEM? UPCYCLE!
With a nearly 5-year-old roaming these halls, our world is all about words. Read them, write them, repeat (for the foreseeable future).
So here’s a great way to support your preschooler in their quest to conquer the language and upcycle those beautiful holiday greetings into Valentine’s Cards!
Take your stack of cards. Grab a pair of scissors and cut out the words.
Add construction paper, markers, ribbon, glue sticks and anything else you can find.
Next let your word-smith-to-be put together the words to make Valentine wishes. And there is something sort of fun about taking well wishes and transforming them into Valentines.
- Fine Motor Control
- Increase Vocabulary
- Sight Word Exposure and recognition
- Mixed Media Art
- A great primer in the art of showing love!