If you’re looking for a simple way for kids to pass out and share Valentine’s Day cards and treats on February 14th, create these adorable heart pockets. The Valentine’s Day mailbox holds cards and sweet treats for kids!
Creating Valentine’s Day Card Holders
Making a Valentine mailbox for the classroom or home is as easy as 1-2-3. This is a cute and fun way for kids to have somewhere to put the cards they make or buy for their friends. It requires some preparation for an adult, so recruit any parent or teacher helpers you may have. It also counts as Valentine’s Day STEAM, so grab it as something fun and educational for your students.
Table of contents
- Creating Valentine’s Day Card Holders
- How to Make a Valentine’s Day Mailbox
- Creating Heart Pockets in Action
- Valentine’s Day Resources for the Classroom
- More Valentine’s Day Fun
How to Make a Valentine’s Day Mailbox
You will want to prepare beforehand by gathering the following materials: red tagboard, red yarn, multiple paper colors, scissors, and glue. To save some time, you may or may not wish to precut the children’s hearts. I also suggest creating a sample, finished version of the Valentine mailbox. That way, children can see what the finished product will look like before they begin.
Directions for Making this Cute Valentine Mailbox
I use a four-ply tag board to create these heart pockets. You can use various colors or stick to the Valentine’s Day classics: red, pink, white, and purple.
Step One: Cutting Out the Heart
Make your outlines using a large heart tracer (14″ x 12″). Each student will need two hearts. Be sure to make one for yourself if you wish! Once you have them all traced, cut them out with some sharp scissors.
Step Two: Create the Holes
Next, grab two of your hearts and use a hole punch to make holes on the bottom edge of the heart up to the halfway point. I made about 18 holes altogether.
Step Three: Weaving it All Together
Next, use thick red yarn to weave in and out of the holes, tying the ends to secure. You can do this in different ways if you wish. You may wish to have students practice weaving yarn on construction paper before completing this activity. The yarn can unravel easily, causing frustration. Feel free to leave a long yarn on each side of the heart. Then, you can tie a bow at the top and hang them on the wall.
Step Four: Decorating the Valentine’s Day Heart Pockets
Then, it’s the fun part for kids. They get to decorate! This is where you can be creative. Using a variety of construction paper colors lets them create unique hearts. Incorporate stickers and shapes, sequins, sponge paints, stamps, foam letters, and scrap paper. Teach them how to make simple hearts by folding a piece of paper in half and cutting a curve with a point.
After they are finished, create a cute Valentine’s Day bulletin board display with all the pockets. Keep them low enough for children to reach. There you have it! Adorable Valentine Mailbox options that will hold sweet treats and cards for the whole class.
Display these next to your Valentine’s Day Directed Drawings for truly beautiful classroom decor!
Creating Heart Pockets in Action
Valentine’s Day Resources for the Classroom
Valentine’s Day Fun Pack
Want more than just Valentine’s crafts for your kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade kids? Try the Valentine’s Day Fun Pack by Proud to be Primary. It includes an activity book, several games, a love potion, writing prompts and crafts, directed drawing, and math activities. There’s plenty to incorporate throughout the whole month of February!
Free Valentine’s Day Action Heart Game
Try these heart-shaped game cards in your classroom with this FREE Valentine’s Day Action Hearts Game resource!
Click the image below to grab a copy.
More Valentine’s Day Fun
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