Toddler Homemade Valentines + Thank you-notes

I’m going to go ahead and admit that up until now, Liv has had pretty much nothing to do with thank-you cards. They’re something I’ll quickly write out, usually long after she’s in bed for the night, and send them out the next day. Sure, there have been a couple of times I’ve given her a pen to “sign” some cards, but for the most part, it’s been all me. When I was reading “Baby Whisperer for Toddlers” (I’ll write a full review, because it’s fantastic), the author suggested involving your toddler whenever possible, especially with thank-you cards. I let her “help” me wash dishes and clean up around the house, but why not let her have a hand to thank others for the gifts she received? Brilliant.

This afternoon was a perfect opportunity to venture outside and work on her thank-you cards, which will double as valentines. 

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I saw the idea for the bathroom tissue roll hearts on Pinterest -and thanked my lucky stars for the crafty moms out there- and we used a flower-shaped fondant cutter as a stamp. 

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For the cards, I picked up some blank cards at Michael’s when we were birthday supply shopping, and cut them in half so we’d get 20 cards instead of the original 10. After placing some magazine down, I added a paper plate with some pink and purple paint, the stamps,

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and we worked on them together.


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It was perfect because I could explain to her that we were making cards to say “thank you” to her friends for coming to her birthday party and for the gifts. 

She had a BLAST and got a kick of the paint all over her hands:


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Such a fun afternoon adventure <3

Here’s a finger-painting Valentine craft we did last year, if you’re looking for ideas!

Any fun Valentine’s Day plans or traditions? I’ve been scheming a fun family date…

Hope you have a lovely weekend!




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  1. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on January 31, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    So sweet! What a lovely idea. I can’t wait to do things like this when I have kids. I think it’s great to get them involved in whatever you can.

  2. Amber Schumann on January 31, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    So cute. I’ll admit I’m a little terrified to venture into the paint world with my 19mo. She caught on to coloring with crayons a few months back. She seemed fairly independent, and I was excited (I cant wait to sit around for hours coloring with her). And then our living rooms walls became her canvas.

    And by the way, Magic Eraser truly is magic. Write that down.

    • Fitnessista on January 31, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      it’s in my brain. i’ll never forget that 🙂

  3. Britt on January 31, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Her hair is getting so long!!!! She is absolutely adorable. Any more Livi-isms you can share with us?

    • Fitnessista on January 31, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      i need to write some down! she says hilarious things every day, but then i forget them

      • Britt on January 31, 2014 at 7:36 pm

        My cousin wants to get a parrot and only teach it the cute things that her kids say! Sounds very logical!

  4. Mary Ann on February 1, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Super cute! A fun activity I do with my nephews is to make wrapping paper out of brown grocery bags. I cut down the side of the bags and cut off the bottom and turn them inside out, then set out paint/ink/markers and stamps and let them go to town. Entertains them for a few hours, re-uses the paper bags (I forget my cloth bags about a 1/4 of the time) and then we don’t have to buy wrapping paper!

  5. Crystal on February 1, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I love getting homemade cards from my little cousins and friends’ kids! Such a sweet idea. I love Olivia’s little moccasins 🙂

  6. Beth on February 1, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Those moccasins are adorable. Those cards are a great idea! And I can’t believe how long her hair is getting! So cute.

  7. Livi on February 1, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    how precious!! I love the little crafts :)!

  8. Cassie Vaughn on February 4, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    So sweet!

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