Valentine’s Day Talking Bookmarks: Share the Love

The Valentine’s Day Talking Bookmark is a simple and fun project to share with your kids. Learn about their friends as you help them decide which friend gets which bookmark. Discuss what makes a good friend. Share the love.

Gather:
Watercolor paper – size 9.5 in x 12.5 in
Crayons
Watercolors + Brushes + Water
Ruler
Cutting Tool – X-Acto Knife or Scissors
Printer

 

 

 

 

Step One: Measure + Trim Paper
You will be using your printer, which most likely only accepts paper that is 8.5 inches wide. Grab your paper, a safe cutting surface, and your X-Acto knife. If you don’t have a X-Acto, you can use scissors, but it may be less exact. Keep your paper 12.5 inches tall, but trim the 9.5 inch side down to 8.5 inches. Each page holds 8 bookmarks, so trim as many pages as you would like to print ( for 16 kids, you’ll need two sheets).

Step Two: Add Some Color
First use crayons. Choose light colors so that the printing will show up later. Then get the watercolors out and make a splash. Notice how the wax from the crayons keeps the watercolor from being absorbed into the paper. Cool, ehh?

Let your paper dry. If it is all curled up, you can iron it. Place it waxy side down and iron quickly so that you don’t transfer the wax onto your ironing board. If this makes you nervous, you can lay down some paper towels between the watercolor paper and your ironing board to protect it.

Step Three: Download + Print Template
Download the template FRONT + BACK (click on the words below to download).
Valentines Bookmarks FRONT + Valentines Bookmarks BACK
Feed your paper into your printer. Open up the Valentines FRONT file and choose PRINT. Preview the images before printing. Make sure you choose a custom paper size if it isn’t automatically done for you. Change the paper size to 8.5 in x 12.5 in. If the image still looks like it doesn’t fit, choose FIT TO SCALE. Now that all the techy stuff is out of the way, print your image. Note how your paper feeds so when you print the back, it matches the front. Now print the Valentines BACK following the same instructions.

Step Four: Cut Pieces + Fill in the Blanks
Use your X-Acto or scissors to cut the pieces into individual bookmarks. Help your child address the bookmarks to their pals. Who makes them smile? Which friend is an awesome artist? Which friend is especially kind? This is a great way to talk about the qualities we love in our friends and families, and also how to be a good friend in return. Let your child make their own “signature” or help them with their lettering.

Step Five: Share the Love
Give these out to friends and family members as a way to show your joy in knowing them. It feels good to get compliments. But it also feels really good to give them.

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