Valentine’s Day isn’t the only day that you tell people how you feel about them, but it is a day that you get to spoil each other with crafts, activities and treats. Sometimes we need help communicating how we feel, as adults and as kids. It’s important to teach your kids, boys and girls, how to express love.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just about pink and red hearts. It’s a great day to communicate love. Sometimes the sweetest way to tell someone you love them is by making something yourself. Here are a few simple ideas that will help your whole family get into the spirit of loving.
Crafts for Kids:
Toddlers can have fun with crafts for Valentines Day. A Valentine heart hand stamp is an easy and maybe messy way for your toddlers to have fun with Valentine’s Day.
- White paper or heavy cardstock
- Red Paint
Have your child close his fist and cover the side in red paint. Stamp onto a piece of white paper and you’ll see that it creates a half heart shape. Do the same thing to the other hand. You’re finished product should look like a heart. It can be made into a card or framed and given to grandparents as a gift. When you’ve made a couple you might let your tot get wild and do some finger painting. You’d be surprised how beautiful the art could be.
Boys might not always want to make Valentine’s Day crafts. You can show your boys that making crafts for Valentine’s Day can be fun. If they need to pass out Valentines for school they’ll sure look cool passing out Treat Transmitters. The little paper robots will be a hit.
Girls might enjoy making Marie LeBaron’s Foam Heart Bracelets from her book titled Make and Takes for Kids. They can make them for themselves and their friends.
Activities for the Family:
As a fun way to make sure everyone knows how much they are loved, leave out a basket or jar in your kitchen. Starting from now until February, 14 have everyone in the family leave love notes for each other everyday. You can write a simple, “I love you” or you can get personal and write specific things that you love about each person like, “I love that you always listen to me when I talk about my day,” “I love that you take out the trash.” A small note will help everyone feel loved and appreciated. On Valentine’s Day you can all take turns reading aloud the ones about yourself.
Treats for the Family:
When I think about Valentine’s Day I immediately think about all the sweet treats to eat. Heart shaped pancakes in the morning with fresh strawberries, cupcakes with lots of pink frosting, and of course conversation hearts. For lunch you can make heart shaped sandwiches for everyone. A great dinner would be making individual heart shaped pizzas. It’s a great way to get everyone in the kitchen. The whole family will have fun making these:
Individual heart shaped pizzas:
Pizza dough (homemade or store bought)
A large heart shaped cookie cutter
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Toppings that you and your family like
Roll dough out on a floured surface. Using a large heart shaped cookie cutter, cut the dough into individual heart shapes. Place dough hearts on a greased cookie sheet. Spread each heart with sauce. Add cheese and desired toppings, everyone can personalize their own. Cooking times will vary depending on how thin your dough is. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with a fresh salad. Eat your heart’s out!
Don’t forget dessert! I recently came across a 2 Minute Nutella Mug Cake that has Valentine’s Day written all over it! You can serve it with vanilla ice cream or cool whip.
2 Minute Nutella Mug Cake:
4 tablespoons self-raising flour
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons nutella
3 tablespoons skim milk
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
Combine all ingredients in an oversized microwave safe mug. Whisk lightly with a fork until combined and smooth. Microwave for a minute watching as the cake rises in the mug, stopping if it is about to overflow and continuing a couple of times for 10 second intervals till cooked. Don’t be tempted to overcook. The cake virtually finishes cooking in that first 1minute rise. Sprinkle with cocoa powder.
Sometimes we all need that extra special treat that makes us feel loved. There are also times when we want to give an extra special treat to make sure someone knows how much we love them. No matter how you choose to say, “I love you” on Valentine’s Day, just make sure you say it.