As a mom of a child with allergies, I try my best to come up with creative non-food treats
for celebrations and holidays. My son attends a weekly parent-participated preschool class and we like to bring something fun to share with the other kids for special occasions. In the past we’ve gotten creative with applesauce pouches, Teddy Grahams, and Annie’s crackers. This Valentine’s Day I thought it would be better if we were considerate of all food allergies, not just the nut allergies that Jackson has. I came up with these adorable little love bug Valentines that were super easy to make and since I found most of the materials at the dollar store, they were easy on the wallet as well!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own love bug Valentines…
- Brown card stock squares (found at any craft store, this pack was $2.99 for 50 sheets)
- Plastic toy bugs (dollar store)
- Colored baker’s twine (dollar store)
- Good pen or marker
- Paper clip
How I made them…
- I first wrote out my “Happy Valentine’s Day, love bug!” message on each of the cards.
- I then punched two holes for the twine to go through to secure the bugs.
- I cut the twine long enough to tie around the bugs and laced it through the holes.
- I then tied each bug with a cute little bow. Easy as that!
Note that this is probably not a craft for young children to do on their own, rather a project just for Mama!
I love all the different colored bugs! I can’t wait to see the reactions on the kids’ faces when they get these! 🙂