DIY valentine boxes and cards for preschool

This is a really cool and simple valentine box and matching valentine cards you can make with your preschooler.

Start off with a sheet of poster board and fold it in half – long edge to long edge…

Now open it back up and fold the long edges into the center leaving four creases lengthwise in your board…

Now fold the poster board into thirds from the short edge. See below…

When you open the poster board back up, you will have 12 squares made by all your folds….

Now you need to take a pair of scissors and cut on each folded line that runs along your long edge of the poster board – stopping when you get to the middle folded lines…

Cut all the folded lines on both sides of the long edges of the poster board…

I want you to know that describing the above proces was a lot more difficult than actually just doing it! Now you are ready to fold your box…

Just bend all your flaps and folds around and you will see the box start to take shape. Tape each side so it will stay in place but you will see one gap in the top of your box – that is for children to drop valentine mail in so don’t tape that part…

You can now invite your child to decorate the box. You can either unfold the box and decorate it first – or decorate it after you have folded it. I tried it both ways – it just depends on how you plan to decorate it…

If you decorate before it is folded up, then just decorate all the way down the center and straight across one of the flaps on each side of the folded center. The box below was decorated with construction paper squares and glue to represent my favorite book, Elmer the Elephant!

After the box is decorated as desired, then fold it back up and tape the edges in place. The box below was decorated with watered down glue and tissue paper hearts…

I tried a number of other ways to decorate the boxes too. This box was decorated with heart-shaped cookie cutters dipped in paint…

And this box was decorated with red shiny paper I saved from my valentine chocolate boxes…

And for every valentine box I made, I also created matching valentine cards! A very designer looking package in the end…

You can personalize each box based on your child’s interests…

I hope I explained this well enough for you but if you have any questions just drop me a note below…

I am linking this post up with Kid’s Get Crafty over at Red Ted’s Art Blog!

By |2011-02-08T11:27:34+00:00February 8th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Daniela Ayala February 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    What a lovely idea!! Thanks for sharing with us!!
    I hope you all enjoy Valentine’s Day 😉


    • Deborah J. Stewart February 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Thank you Daniela – I hope you enjoy Valentine’s day too!

  2. Pam February 8, 2011 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    all of mine would be Elmer boxes and cards- I love the Elmer books 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      Me too – he is my favorite ever!!

  3. I can’t wait to give this a try! Very clever, bright, cheery, and so flexible. 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      Hi Kristi – I would love it if you gave it a try!

  4. maggy, red ted art February 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Oh wow, what an easy box for small hands to help with! A really lovely idea. They all look great!

    Thanks again for the link up!


    • Deborah J. Stewart February 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you Maggy!

  5. Kerri February 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Very cute and simple enough. I love how you made the cards to coordinate! Kerri

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      That was one of my favorite parts:)

      • Julia February 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm

        I love all the variations!

      • Deborah J. Stewart February 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

        Thank you Julia!

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