I love celebrating Valentines with toddlers/preschoolers. When we lived in Cali we used to take the boys to a little kids Valentines exchange where the little ones got to make valentines for their friends and pass them out. I’d love to do something like that with Miss M this weekend. Just maybe invite over about 4 friends and make some cookies and give away cards. And the cards are fun but I’ve always been a big fan of the boxes that the Valentines go in (hence our mailbox from a few year ago). And like our mailbox, I love it when they can be used for pretend play or decorative storage later on. So this year we made a black swan from a tissue box. Turned out to be an easy project with a lovely result.
To make this box you’ll need:
- one tissue box (horizontally oriented)
- black cardstock
- a large cereal box
- glue gun and glue (use low temp if a child is helping)
Making the Swan Box:
- Paint your tissue box black
- Cut out two wing shapes in a sort of oval shape (see drawing above)
- Cut out several feather shapes
- Glue feather shapes onto wings starting with the back working towards the front of the wings
- Glue wings onto each side of box
- Cut out swan neck and head shape from cereal box like in drawing above
- Paint swan head (or cut out two swan head and neck shapes from paper and glue on to either side of cereal box shape. paint beak and eyes)
- Cut slit out of one end of tissue box
- Insert head into box.
- You swan box is now ready to take to a Valentines Day Party!