I Failed Valentine’s Day (but Won’t This Year)

I Failed Valentine's Day (but Won't This Year) | Des Moines Moms Blog
She was actually just tired, but the sad face is too perfect not to include in this post.

Hi. I’m Summer. And, for two consecutive years now, I’ve failed Valentine’s Day at my daughter’s daycare. She was only eight months old the first time. I ran across some cheap Valentine cards a couple days before and brought in a Winnie the Pooh card for each baby. At the time, I thought that seemed a little nutty since all they would probably do was chew on them, but I wasn’t the only one. In fact, one of the moms brought handmade googly eye frog cards for each of the kids. They were adorable! Fail number one.

Last year I used a Groupon offer to take some Valentine’s Day pics at Target. Charlotte would NOT cooperate for the photographer, but there was a funny photo of her saying “no” while pointing at me. So, I worked it into a “You’re My #1” Valentine’s Day card.

I Failed Valentine's Day (but Won't This Year) | Des Moines Moms BlogI thought I was being so clever, and I thought it would be fun for all her classmates to have a picture of her. I was excited to take these into daycare. I thought I’d done okay, and then I saw what the other parents brought (fail number two).

I didn’t take pictures of them, but I did find similar gift ideas on Pinterest. If you’re worried about being the lame mom, borrow one of these for this year’s Valentine’s Day.

And, I don’t have a picture, but one of my dear friends brought a whole gift bag full of mini coloring books, stickers, and crayons for each of the kids. A couple of the parents kept it simple with fruit snacks. Bottom line — I was the only one without a real “gift.” Don’t get me wrong. I’m not losing sleep over the judgement of toddlers. But, still… I like to do fun things. And, this year I’m upping my game.

How fun is this idea?
Valentine, I Think You’re A-Doh-Able! (See comment section below if you have trouble with this site.)
I Failed Valentine's Day (but Won't This Year) | Des Moines Moms Blog
I bought two party bags of Play-Doh on Walmart’s website. Then I printed the above printable from Grace and Good Eats at home, cut out the circle, and put them all together. I know my daughter loves Play-Doh, so hopefully it will be a hit with her classmates!

These are a few examples of fun Valentine’s ideas for kiddos. Do you have any other cute plans to share?


  1. I’m planning on making homemade heart shaped crayons for Lucan’s class party. Keyword “planning” I haven’t bought the heart mold and am not sure if I have enough crayons either. Yikes! Cute ideas!

  2. I’m going the chocolate route for my 3 year olds first valentine’s day party this year. Hopefully I’m not put to shame by other crafty moms! I’ll have to remember these ideas for next year 🙂


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