Starting with a white sheet of copy paper, fold it in half to make a template.
Trace around your child's hand using the thumb and first finger to make the shape of a heart along the folded edge. (See the photo for the placement of the fingers and thumb.)
Because this is a template, feel free to use an ink pen to trace around the fingers and thumb, and don't worry about messing it up.
The position was rather awkward for my three-year old, so I had to "fudge" in some lines to make the hand look normal and define the wrist.
Cut out the template. I suggest cutting out the hand along the fold to use when cutting out the final product.
Fold the chosen card stock long ways, as you will probably be able to fit two of these little hands on one piece of paper.
I found that the easiest way to cut out the fingers was to cut a straight line across the top of the finger area, and cut from that side of the paper. Once you get the hang of it, there is no need to trace around the template to cut the hand out of the card stock. Just hold the template up to the edge of the fold so that the thumb and first finger that make the heart are aligned with the fold.
I printed a sentiment on vellum that stated:
Have a beary Happy Valentines Day and I'm so glad you're in school with me!
At the time I made these valentines, I was not sure if I was going to use the gummy bears or goldfish for the treat, so I created the sentiment so that I could use either one. That statement was stuck onto the "front"of the hand with vellum-appropriate scrapbooking tape.
The font I used is called Janda Happy Day
and that link will take you to fonts.com
I had my daughter stamp the inside of the Valentine hand and write her name.
I always keep a wet paper towel inside a bowl to "clean" the stamp in between each stamping, as she used different colors of stamp pads for each of her fifteen valentines.
Thankfully, this age does not have to address each valentine.
I wrote the year on the back of the hand card and purchased treat bags at the craft store to wrap up the treats. We ended up using the gummy bears.
The cutting of the hands was time consuming. I had help, and it took two women close to an hour to cut out fifteen of these types of Valentines.
On the bonus side, they were relatively inexpensive to make, as I had all of the materials, and just had to purchase the treats and the bags to wrap them in.
Personally, I think these little hands are so cute and hope that at least a few parents appreciated the handmade valentines.