Okay, okay, I KNOW…football season is officially over. The Super Bowl happened and so now we need to move on to other sports. When my 3rd grade son brought home a paper that said that he needed to make a valentine box for their Valentine’s Day party, I knew exactly what my sports loving son would love to do. And honestly, getting kids excited about their projects is half of the battle. I figured out long ago that if you give kids a choice and let them choose what they want and they are interested in it, actually completing the project will be easier!
For two years, he used a box that I had wrapped in sports wrapping paper and cut a slit in the top. I am pretty sure his little brother used it one year, too. It was simple and easy and the boy weren’t bothered by the elaborate, parent made boxes that their friends were bringing. But this year, I threw out this idea of making a football field valentine box and let him go to town with it! I was there to help him, but he and I both didn’t want me completing the project and he is proud of what he created!
I remembered seeing a post from Julie Measures about making astro turf football coasters, so I went to see how she did it. I went to Lowe’s to see if I could locate the right materials and a nice worker helped me locate the huge roll of grass mat/flooring that he had to cut to size. All in all, I spent a little over $5 and got a pretty good sized roll for many projects to come! If you don’t have a store nearby that sells it, Amazon has a few options to check out.
Football Field Valentine Box
You can definitely extend this project with LEGO football players or printed football players glued onto toothpicks and a small football, but for this valentines day box project, this was all that we needed!
What kind of valentines box are you making this year?
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