I found an idea a while back on how to make your own lottery type scratch it tickets here. I made a few for the kids and hubs for Christmas with different things to "win" just like a real lottery ticket- just without the gambling! ;)
I decided to revamp them for Valentine's Day, but use them as mail for my kids' mailboxes that I made for them. This has become such a fun night time before going to bed activity with the kids. They love how they get "mail" each day. :) I'm giving my "lottery" cards to the kids and hubs tonight complete with a "lucky" penny- ones dated with their birth year for the kids and our wedding year for the hubs. :) This project is super easy, and can be whipped up during naptime. :)
Here's what you need:
Packaging tape- I think that the original tutorial used contact paper. I improvised.
Acrylic paints- I used red and gold
Dish soap- I used Dawn
Pen for writing
Step 1: Think of what you want to have on your "lottery" tickets and write them out. If you have horrible writing, I guess you could print them out.
Step 2: Cover your "prize" with the tape. Set aside.
Step 3: Mix your paint and soap. You need to use a 2 parts paint to 1 part soap. Stir until it is blended.
Step 4: Take your card with the "prize" from Step 2, and cover your "prize" with paint mixture. You might need 2 coats, depends on how you do it, and if you can see your "prize" still after 1 coat.
Step 5: Let dry completely. It doesn't take too long. Mine were dry in 15 minutes.
That's it! :)
Hand out some pretty cool Valentine treats to your kids, family, etc. These could even be made as a class gift if you really wanted to. It's up to you- use your imagination! :)