The Valentine's Day Mailbox

Do you remember making Valentine’s Day cards for everyone in your class? The JumpStart Team thought we could help make this Valentine’s Day memorable for you and your child by crafting a special mailbox meant to hold all their Valentine’s Day gifts, cards, and candy!

A great Valentine's Day-themed activity!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Paper bag or gift bag (Try to use a color appropriate for your child’s animal choice)
  • One pair of googley eyes
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Decorative materials (markers, crayons, paint)

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Have your child choose any animal he or she wants to make. (If you are using a colored gift bag, skip to step 3.)
  2. If you are using a brown paper bag, you’ll want to cut a piece of construction paper to cover the side that the bottom flap doesn’t fold toward. If the construction paper is shorter than the bag, this is fine, but be sure to cover the entire lower portion of the bag’s side. The remaining space at the top will be covered by the animal’s head.

     

    The entire bag face should be the same color.

  3. Using the right-colored construction paper, cut out a circle for the head. Make sure it is larger in diameter than the bag.
  4. Draw a good-sized half-circle on the head (this is for the mouth that valentines will be placed through) and cut this out as well.

     

    Size the mouth to be card-friendly!

  5. On the bag, place the head where you plan for it to be. Trace an outline of the mouth. Cut out this traced outline.
  6. Take the animal’s face and glue on the googley eyes wherever they need to go. For instance, this octopus’ eyes are further apart than the polar bears’.
  7. Continue to decorate the face until you get the desired animal. For example, we had to cut out these heart shapes for our polar bear’s ears!

     

    We set this octopus’ eyes further apart than the polar bears’.

  8. Now we need to make the legs! Although the number of legs will differ from animal to animal, the technique is the same. We used construction paper to cut long, rectangular strips and then folded these strips in an accordion-like manner.

     

    An accordion fold makes for fun limbs!

  9. Glue the face to the bag, being sure to line up the open mouths. Also glue the legs to the bag wherever you think they look best! If you want more detail (like this Polar Bear’s paws) simply cut out what you need from construction paper and glue it on!
  10. Decorate the animal with hearts, messages, or anything your child wants!

     

    Valentine-ready!

As this polar bear would say, we hope your Valentine’s Day is beary special!

 

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