Coming up with a fun Valentine's Day Card for my fifth graders was not easy. It was made extra challenging because their school did not allow anything edible with the cards. Candy makes any card cool, so without it we were stuck a square one. We were stuck there for a long time (even with Pinterest)! Finally I became inspired by Erin Jang's accordion fold Valentine's Day card. We added our own twist by including lines from Carly Rae Jepsen's ubiqutous hit, Call Me Maybe. Then I came up with the brilliant idea of including $1 scratch off lottery tickets with the cards. We were already using the 'Pennies and dimes' line and copper envelopes, so now we had a money theme going (sort of). I loved it, what kid wouldn't love getting a chance to win $1000 dollars!?! Soon after (luckily before I bought 60 scratch off lottery tickets) my brilliant idea got scratched, something about it being illegal to give minors lottery tickets...blah, blah, blah. We still moved forward with our *Call Me Maybe Valentine's Day* cards and I made little clay hearts to tie around our copper envelopes, but the cards were still lacking the favor element. The weekend before Valentine's Day I delayed having the boys and I assemble the cards because they were still incomplete. It wasn't till the Tuesday before v-day when we came up with the idea to include Frosty key tags from Wendy's. If you are unfamiliar with these babies, they will score you a FREE Jr. Frosty with ANY purchase every single time you go to Wendy’s, for the rest of the year. But wait there's more...Wendy's donates the proceeds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Finally our cards were complete!
In case you can't read the wording on the cards, here's what they said: 'I threw a wish in the well. Since you asked me, I'll tell. Pennies and Dimes. Happy Valentine's (initially they said, 'Will You Be My Valentine's', but the boys thought it was not gender neutral enough). P.S. Your dungarees are ripped and your epidermis is showing. Call Me Maybe.' We definitely took some poetic license with the original lyrics. Their classmates thought the cards were awesome, though most kids had no idea what dungarees were (kids these days).