Pets have a pretty significant place in our lives. They make us happy. The give us unconditional love.
I’ve loved animals for as long as I can remember. Except for cats. Cats are evil. They’ve never liked me much but that’s okay because the feeling is mutual. Over the years, we’ve been pet parents to dogs as well as a parakeet. There are a few times in the year where we see people talking about adding a pet to the family. Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day. When people are interested, we encourage people to adopt from the local animal shelter. There are a lot of lessons kids learn from puppies. Unfortunately, not everyone has that option due to lack of time, space, finances or due to allergies.
Don’t worry; there are still plenty of opportunities to welcome animals into your home, especially on Valentine’s Day. Our kids made four-legged Valentine collection boxes to use in their classroom. When I was a kid, we were each given a manila folder that we stapled shut, decorated and hung on the front of our desks. Back then, the only Valentine’s students gave each other were cards. These days, it takes a shoe box sized collection box with a large enough hole to allow for a variety of Pinterest-inspired Valentine gifts. Thankfully, creating one is very simple and doesn’t take too much time for your child to complete. Translation: If the kids notify you the night before the Valentine party at school, you can still crank out this cute pet in no time.
Pet-inspired Valentine Collection Box
What you’ll need:
- Medium sized shipping box or large shoe box. (Approx size 5″ x 7″ x 10″)
- Cardboard box (any size)
- Packing tape
- Utility knife (adults only)
- Colored construction paper
- Scotch tape
- Glue stick
- Use the packing tape to make sure the box is sealed shut.
- Determine what type of animal you want.
- Use the glue stick and tape to adhere the animal’s base color to the box.
- Have an adult use the utility knife to cut a 1½” by 5″ hole in the back.
- Use different colors of construction paper and scissors to add details to the animal. Spots, ears, eyes, tail.
- Use markers to add additional character lines such as nose or mouth.
- Have adult use utility knife or scissors to cut legs from the extra piece of cardboard.
- Since it will be elevated and can be seen from any direction, attach construction paper to the front and back of the cardboard legs and use markers to finish the details.
- Use the glue to adhere the legs to the body so it can stand up.
- Allow it to dry overnight then bask in how adorable a creation you made!
So don’t stress out if you need a last minute Valentine’s Day box. This one is easy, quick and inexpensive. Enjoy all the animals – the pets in your home, the animal Valentine box or just stop by to give some love to the animals at the shelter.
What did you use for collecting Valentines at school?