I’m all about indulging in a few sweets for Valentine’s’ Day, but I also love doing something a little different for class valentines–something outside the box. This year my kindergartner and I decided to make coloring page valentines complete with crayons in a custom Fuse pouch, and free printable valentine tags. Check out how I made these interactive candy-free valentines below.
I started out by finding some fun and free printable coloring pages online. If you type “free Valentine’s Day coloring page” into your internet search engine a ton will pop up. Just be sure there’s no copyright and that the pages you print are really free.
My daughter helped pick the pages, and we printed one page for the girls, and another one for the boys. You could simplify by printing a gender neutral page. My daughter’s in kindergarten so we went for something simple, but you can find more advanced coloring, color-by-number, and activity pages for older kids.
Once I had printed all the free coloring pages, I rolled them up vertically and added a foiled heart sticker from the Oh Goodie! collection by We R Memory Keepers. These little cuties were the perfect solution for keeping these pages rolled up nice and tight.
Next it was time to package the crayons. My daughter and I bought two packages of 48 crayons at the dollar store–score! My original plan was to use a snack size plastic zipper bag, but they were too big and bulky. So, I decided to head into my craft room and I came up with some custom size pouches made with my We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool and some FUSEables plastic sheets. I created ten 2×6 pouches from each pair of sheets. I fused the bottom edges and two lines in between each pouch, and then cut them in half horizontally just below the middle fuse line.
If you don’t have a Fuse tool, small clear goodie bags, treat bags, or lollipop bags would work as well. If you do have a Fuse tool, there are a couple of options for making the plastic pouches: you could use the 12×12 plastic sheets like I did; you could use some 12×12 sheet protectors; or you could use the We R Memory Keepers 4×6 Waterfall sleeves and get two pouches out of each one.