|paper, stickers and pens. bam.|
|Doing it together models the practice, and the value of thoughtfulness|
And best of all - you've got an instant high-interest activity tray for leave-behind play! If you didn't know this yet, I love a good activity that Ladybug Girl can have fun learning with while I'm at the office. There's a whole gallery built on this here.
In our early years, I started leaving behind super-simple card-making prompts like this:
|that started out as a blank card, pink and red pencils, and cool stickers|
|The "Val(entine's) Day Box" : so special, she wrote in real letters instead of her then-usual scribbles.|
|Growing collection inside the box. |
You can tell she wasn't big on handwriting then, but she brought the box to school and handed valentines out to her classmates
|We had all these materials in her art shelf, just now repurposed for Valentines|
First her handwriting:
But best of all, her thoughtfulness.
This year I'm amazed how she had personal insight into each person she chose.
|Raj gets the minecraft card; Allie gets her favourite cookies all over hers; and so on.|
Sometimes the simplest traditions are the best, don't you think?