Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday, mostly because my kids absolutely love giving gifts to their friends. This year, I decided to do something a little different and even though it goes against my anti-time consuming Valentine policy, I am pretty sure it was well worth it!
Every once in a while, my husband stops at the quickie on his way home from work and buys a couple of scratch tickets. We have big dreams of winning and you can’t win if you don’t play, right? The first time he did this, he brought one home for him to scratch and one for me. The kids watched it fascination as we scraped away the silver paint and begged for their own to do.
I decided to whip up a bunch of Valentine scratch tickets for my kids to give out at school!
The first thing I did was design a card. I wanted a couple of different versions so that it might feel more like a surprise for the kids. I made one that has a high five as a prize, and one that has a fist bump. I was going to do hugging, but not everyone likes hugs and sometimes first graders don’t hug super gently.
Once I had the Valentine’s scratch tickets printed off, I used these clear square labels to cover the prize. You need to cover the paper with something otherwise it gets destroyed when you go to scratch.
To make the scratch-off solution, I mixed 1 part metallic acrylic paint with 1 part dish washing soap. I used a small, flat paintbrush to apply a thin coat of the solution onto the the label and let it dry for an hour. I then repeated with a second coat to completely cover the words.
Once they are dry, hand them out to your favorite people and scratch away! Just make sure your hands are ready for all the high fives and fist bumps coming your way!