Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If it snuck up on you, don’t worry—you are not alone. Luckily, kiddos love seeing your creativity. They also love joining in and showing you their creativity. Our top 10 list of awesome Valentine’s Day tips may be just the thing to spark your family’s imagination and get those creative juices flowing.
TWO FOOD IDEAS
1. Heart-shaped Brownies
As much as we try to eat healthy all year long, Valentine’s Day is a hard one when it comes to sugar. We couldn’t say no to heart-shaped brownies. Whether you bake them from scratch with the family, or buy them ready-made, all you need to transform the chocolaty-goodness into a Valentine’s Day showstopper is a heart-shaped cookie cutter. More sugar? cut out two brownies and sandwich some raspberry jam or buttercream between the layers. Yum!
2. Heart Salad or Lunchables
On a healthier note: A great way to get your kids to eat salad is to cut peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, jicama and radishes into heart shapes. They will also love cheese, meat and crackers in heart shapes. Try it for lunch, dinner or a snack on Valentine’s Day.
TWO VALENTINE DIY IDEAS
3. Lollipop Butterfly Card
Some construction paper, a few lollipops and stickers to decorate. Easy—and simply adorable.
4. Candy Tic-Tac-Toe
Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to play with your food! There’s a number of candy options and printables on Pinterest for sure. A square of construction paper with hand-drawn game boards and a box of Tic Tacs would work just as well.
TWO OTHER CRAFT IDEAS
5. No-Sew Heart Pillow
A cute and fun take on the fleece tie blanket, these pillows are perfect for little hands to tie together. The ideal family project for cozy Valentine’s Day night in front of the TV watching the Winter Olympics.
6. Heart-Shaped Animal Faces
Forget the flower and card holiday, we think Valentine’s Day is the construction paper holiday! Let your kiddos cut out a variety of heart shapes in different colors and sizes and then see what animals you can make as a family. Make it a game and award the winning family member that last heart-shaped brownie.
TWO FAMILY ACTIVITIES
7. Family Cupcake Battle
Unfrosted cupcakes (homemade or store bought) and all of the fixings. Ready. Set. Go. It’s like decorating holiday cookies, but for Valentine’s Day—and with cupcakes! Yes, this one is messy, but the giggles and laughter are so worth it.
8. “I Love You Because…” Book
The theme of the day is LOVE. What a great way to show that love by creating a family “I Love You Because…” Book. Draw pictures, write stories and decorate your book together. Everyone contributes and, in the end, you have a family fun-time special memory keepsake.
TWO NON-FOOD GIFT IDEAS FOR YOUR LITTLE ONES
It’s hard to get away from food and sweets on Valentine’s Day. Here’s a couple of ideas for non-food related gifts for your little ones. They’re inexpensive and fun as well!
9. Heart Pajamas
Buy them for the entire family to match! We think these pjs are the perfect gift to say, “I love you”.
10. Fun Socks and Temporary Tattoos
There are just so many heart-shaped items out there. We love the sock idea with the temporary tattoos. Kiddos of all ages get a kick out of funny socks and love the idea of a temporary tattoo to commemorate the special day. Plus, puns like, “You knock my socks off” are silly!
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