Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids – Design Ideas

kids-valentinesSo you have to design some Valentine’s Day cards for kids, and it’s been a long time since you wrapped a shoebox in foil and asked every kid in your second grade class to be your Valentine. No worries – with these design ideas you’ll be well on your way to designing popular Valentine’s Day cards all the kids will love.

Keep it simple – You don’t need extravagant design to please kids, who tend to focus on a particular object of meaning to determine whether one Valentine’s Day card is better than the next. Your design style doesn’t really matter: it could be a photo, a cartoon, a simple drawing or a 3-D model graphic. As long as it’s colorful!

What do kids like? Find your subject – Your Valentine’s Day cards for kids should carry the Valentine’s theme with hearts, flowers, cupids, etc.; however, the real value in your design will be determined by your subject. Ask yourself what kids like to find your subject, which might be a cartoon character, a monkey, a doll or princess, a train or race car, a dump truck, a pony or any of a myriad of other subjects. Now, pair your subject with a heart, a box of chocolates or even transpose your subject as Cupid himself. That, my friend, is a winning Valentine’s Day card for kids!

Be upbeat and make kids feel special – Giving and receiving Valentine’s Day cards is a special activity for young children, so make sure the message printed on your Valentine’s Day cards is upbeat, happy, and makes each child feel special.

Use puns when necessary – Think of candied hearts here; those tiny sugary wafers printed with every Valentine’s Day pun or goofy mispronunciation under the sun: “Will you bee my Valentine?” for a bee card, or “I ruv you” for a dog card. Kids love puns because they’re still able to appreciate a good play on words without groaning. If your Valentine’s Day cards for kids pair puns with a great subject relevant to Valentine’s Day, you have a winner!

What are your favorite Valentine’s Day cards for kids? Share with us here!

4 Responses to Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids – Design Ideas

  1. kids February 23, 2010 at 11:52 pm #

    Just wanted to say that this is one of the best sites for Kids of all ages. Keep up the good work!

  2. Brian February 26, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    Thanks for the input, perhaps this post will make it on DozenKids!

  3. Model layouts March 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Very cool advice. We made a valentine mailbox once that was made out of a box and shaped like a little house. It had a slot where you could drop the card into and we covered it with wallpaper. It was really neat when we were finished.

  4. Brian March 12, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Thanks for your feedback, Model! We always did something similar to that for elementary school, but we used tinfoil instead of wrapping paper!

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