Emojis. They are like a new language set that our kids understand fully, but as parents we barely grasp. At least that’s me. It took me weeks (months even) to realize there was a poop emoji floating around in our team text group making my kids giggle while I was oblivious. Sigh. (Yes, I have a team text group with my kids where I can text them all at once and they can all text me. Its a great idea btw!)
A few weeks ago – I learned that I could actually type emojis on my computer (I thought they were only for mobile devices). To do this on an Apple computer, simply hold down command-control-spacebar and the emoji keyboard will pop up! Using that tip – here are a few of the most popular emojis kids are using:
? – I’m an angel.
? – Too bad, so sad.
? – This class is so boring.
? – I’m too mad to talk.
? – That’s the poop one I was talking about.
Anyway, since kids love to communicate with emojis, Valentine’s Day seems like the perfect time to capitalize on this trend and make your kids happy at the same time. Because Emoji valentines are cool. Just in case you are the mom who still has no idea what I’m talking about:
Originating on Japanese mobile phones in 1999, emoji have become increasingly popular worldwide in the 2010s after being added to several mobile operating systems. They are now considered to be a large part of popular culture in the west. In 2015, Oxford Dictionaries named an emoji the Word of the Year. (Wikipedia) Emojis are actual pictures used in place of words.
These fun printable emoji valentines for kids can be printed on white card stock, trimmed with a paper trimmer, and presented to classmates and friends with emoji gum balls, lollipops, stickers, or just by themselves. You can use this fun Emoji Washi tape to attach candy or stickers. You could also make an emoji valentine collection box or take emoji cheese treats into the class party for the kids to enjoy.
For the best printing experience with our Emoji valentines, we chose the option “fit” or “fit to page” and printed the valentines onto white card stock with a color printer. I then used a Fiskars Paper Cutter to get nice clean edges, cutting off the outside edges of the paper first – using the blue valentines as a guide. Then I cut each row, and finally cut each row in half. I had the boys tape the Emoji lollipops onto the back with Emoji tape. I’ve included all the links to those below with some other ideas of what to add to the valentines as well!
Here are a few fun things you could add to your child’s emoji valentines to help even more with the cool factor.
Emoji Gumballs – these come in sealed packages of five.
Emoji Stickers – cut strips of these stickers to give with each valentine.