With Valentine’s Day falling mid-week this year, families may have limited time when it comes to preparing for the celebrations. So, what are some quick and simple Valentine’s Day activities your family can do?
- Fill out Valentine’s Day cards. Even if you purchase store bought cards, children can still get creative and put a personal spin on it. Break out the arts and crafts bin and decorate the cards for each recipient. You can also create homemade cards for neighbors.
- Get crafty and collect your children’s old and broken crayons. Break them up into small pieces and fill heart shaped silicon mold pan. Bake them at 250 degrees for about 15 minutes and leave them to cool. Now you have heart shaped mixed color crayons! Keep them for your children or use them as part of Valentine’s Day gifts they are giving out.
- Make mailboxes to put outside bedroom doors so that the family can “send” Valentine’s Day cards, treats and gifts to one another. Families can even have each member make a mailbox for another family member and decorate it with all the things like love about that person.
- Create homemade decorations your family will hang up each year. Be sure to date the decorations, so you can see how your children’s creativity changes over the years.
- Add a piece of artwork to your family’s collection and paint a heart on a canvas. Cut out a heart on a piece of paper and tape it to a blank canvas. Have your child paint the canvas however they like. Once the paint is dry, remove the paper heart and hang up your newest piece of art.
- Recycle your toilet paper rolls and bend them into heart shapes. Use them as stamps to create works of art or sign cards.
Looking for something a little sweeter for Valentine’s Day? Here are some fun treats that your children can help with, too!
- Bake the classics such as cookies, a cake or cupcakes with Valentine’s Day themed colors, sprinkles or candies!
- Dip pretzels, pretzel sticks and/or marshmallows in chocolate and top them off with different types of sprinkles
- For a healthier treat, make fruit kabobs with plain watermelon, raspberries and strawberries and some dipped in strawberry yogurt.
- Create “Cupid’s Strawberry Floats” and top with whip cream and sprinkles or candies.
- Fix up a party mix favorite with your favorite candies, popcorn and melted chocolate. Throw in some sprinkles if you’d like as well!
- Add a little flavor to your ice cubes by cutting up strawberries and adding them to your ice tray. Freeze a bit of water and pink lemonade for festive ice cubes!
Any of these activities can be the start of your family’s annual Valentine’s Day traditions!