My little 1st grader man is SO EXCITED for Valentine’s Day this year. Last night after we made his Valentine’s Box, he wanted us to list out everything that he needed to do to get ready for his party at school. Then he wanted us to check everything off the list. Seriously, this kid gets me.
He just got a new pair of soccer shoes, because the outdoor soccer season is in full swing here in Texas. It was convenient to have a shoe box for this craft. I don’t keep old boxes around (surprised?) but we always seem to have what we need when we need it.
Because he is obsessed with LEGOS, my idea for him was to turn the shoe box into a giant LEGO. He loved the idea and was all in every step of the way.
Making the LEGO shape was really easy. I cut 3 paper cups down to be shorter, then hot-glued them on to the box. I also made a hole in the box. I did these parts for Brian, because he is too young to cut cardboard with big sharp scissors and use hot glue. This is the only part I did for him, and you better believe, he was right there with me while I did them all voicing his non-stop opinions.
I did try to sway him to make an orange LEGO, since the shoe box was already orange, but nope, he wanted a yellow LEGO. Yellow is my favorite, so that works for me.
We worked together to get it painted. He’d glob on the paint very thickly, so I’d use use my paint brush to spread out the paint he put on. 😂Teamwork.
Painting was definitely his favorite part of this, but using the blow dryer was a close second. (I keep a little blow dryer with my painting supplies.)
I believe strongly in letting the kids do most of the work with stuff like this, instead of the parent doing it all for the kid. I know the imperfections might bother some parents, but they do not bother the kids. Kids are so proud of their creations!
Yes, it would have been easy for me to say “I’ll write your name for you” so it could have looked just perfect. I’ve learned through the years that this cute little handwriting looks pretty perfect in retrospect.
He loves this LEGO Valentine’s Day box so much! He is so proud of it and can’t wait to show his friends.
Today after school we’re going to write out Valentines to all his classmates (and his sisters). Remember that checklist he wanted to make? We’re checking things off!