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    Pokemon and Dinosaur Valentine's

    Pokemon and Dinosaur Valentine's

    Do not get it twisted folks...we are far from a candy-free home but on holidays like Valentine's Day I do like to try and be a little creative and go candy free. They just get so much candy so I like to mix it up. 

    Last year we did masks and they were a HUGE hit. Different staff members at my son's school even asked if I had extras so they could take them to their kiddos. Ha. 

    Being that this holiday is all about pink, red and glitter and I am a boy mom I try to give some more gender neutral options. My boys were huge fans of these two and even gave me ideas for what to do. 

    Happy creating with your littles. These are so simple.

    Print, Cut and attach the toy. You can either use glue dots, hot glue or tie them on as well. 

    One of my kiddos picked Pokemon and I have to tell you these were too fun to make for him. He was so excited about them! Do your kids love pokemon? Mine love reading and looking at books filled with all their names, skills, and types. We have several friends with girls who love Pokemon as well so I thought this was a great choice for both boys and girls. You can find a pack of pokemon toys in various size and even toy options...erasers, pikachu pack, assorted groups.

     

    My youngest wanted Dinosaur Valentine's.  He loved picking which dinosaurs to put on the cards for his classmates. I ordered this pack off amazon. Super inexpensive and lots of options. Again there are several options of size and assortment. 

    Do you try to go with a candy-free option? While it is sometimes a little more work I have found it usually isn't and my kids love them!  Make sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see how you get your kids involved and which style they picked. 

    Again both download options are here... Pokemon and Dinosaurs.

    Happy Valentine's Day! 

    SUPER Easy Valentine's!

    SUPER Easy Valentine's!

    Super Easy...get it? Oh, I crack myself up sometimes. Ha. Sorry I digressed in the first sentence. I cannot believe that next week is February and, more importantly, Whole 30 will be over! Just kidding. But for real, bring on the wine! Not that any of you care about my Whole 30 journey. You are here for the Valentine’s Day fun!

    I have always been a lover of Valentine’s Day. With or without a guy, it was just always a day to celebrate the people I loved. I will say it is all the more fun with kids. We don’t do a whole lot in our house in terms of gifts since neither my hubs or I really care, but since having the boys I have loved including them in making their valentines.

    These are my kiddos by the way. At 7 and 3 they are both all boy and love everything wild and adventurous! 

    Meet my boys! They are 7 and 3 and love all things wild!

    I have gone candy free the last two years and wanted to try again this year. I knew I couldn’t bake anything since the whole world is allergic to everything and there are, like, four million laws prohibiting you bringing anything you even pretend is homemade into a public school. So I took to the internet to help inspire me. There were so many cute ideas on Pinterest and you can see some of my faves here and even follow along with everything else I am loving if you are interested. After scrolling and scrolling, I decided my criteria would be…

    1. I didn’t have to make anything.
    2. My kids could help.
    3. No candy.
    4. Did I say I didn’t want to have to make anything?!

    So I narrowed down a few of my inspiration pics and ultimately decided I wanted to go with a “super” theme since both my boys love all things superhero, battling and now He-Man. (Not that he wears a mask. But thank you Netflix for letting me relive my youth.) I then decided I wanted to try and make my own design on my iPad and Y'all…I love playing on my iPad. It is like adult coloring on steroids! It is totally fun and the boys actually helped with some of the coloring as well. More than I liked if I am honest, but alas it was their project and it was more about fun than perfection.

    I hopped on Amazon and ordered these since it included enough for both my boys’ classes and thanks to our bestie, Amazon Prime, they arrived two days later and I am now way ahead of the Valentine’s game and I couldn’t be happier. There are obviously several different mask options and combinations. I picked mine, again, because of quantity. If you are super mom you could totally make these with felt yourself but that fell WAY OUTSIDE my criteria of NOT MAKING ANYTHING!

    You don’t probably care about all this but I fit as many cards as I could on a page, printed them on cardstock, let the boys hole punch them and then tied these little cuties to every mask. Easy peasy and the boys loved it! If you follow along on Insta Stories you can see my oldest cutting them all out. He was obsessed with the hole punch as well which was a win win. He worked for me, improved his fine motor skills and his grip strength! 

    Now I just need to keep them hidden till it is actually time to take them to school in a few weeks.

    I hope this has inspired you to have a little fun with your kiddos and I would love to gift you the free printable to use yourself if you want to.

    I would love to see your pictures if you choose to use the idea or printable so make sure you tag me on Insta or Facebook so I can see your amazing work! Feel free to share this printable with anyone you like!

    Here is your Super Hero Download! Enjoy! 

     Happy creating with your kiddos and let me know what your Valentine's Day plans are! We will have a quiet dinner in with the boys on the day but I am hosting my first Murder Mystery Dinner the weekend following which is what I am considering my Valentine’s Day plans so I don’t sound lame to all you cool kids.

    Love,

    Abby