Valentine's Day has gotten a little out of control. We get it. Embrace love without spending all day wrapped up in making valentines. We've collected 10 clever ways to celebrate Valentine's Day with your kids — even when you're seriously busy.
When your kids are too little for candy — or you're not a fan of candy — try a simple craft that creates make-believe candy pops. All you need is a silicone heart mold or heart cookie cutters and some Play-Doh. Check out the cute ones by Parent Teach Play.
Looking for a way to wow your kids' friends without putting in too much effort? Try homemade photo cards that use candy as a sweet bonus. "My kids loved them because they were sort of silly, and also a bit personalized," says Jenny. "They both were thrilled to hand them out to their classmates at school." Find out how she made her cards at Craft-o-Maniac.
Give your child a Valentine's Day treat she'll remember forever. Instead of candy or toys, have a personalized children's book created. (I See Me, $30)
Make Valentine's Day morning pancakes or mix pretty pink and red into store-bought white icing for iced cookies. You won't need much more than food coloring. Your kids will appreciate the heartfelt treat and it won't take too much time out of your day. (Amazon, $13)
Surprise your little valentine with a heart-themed shirt she can wear all year round. Look for neutral colors and trendy prints and illustrations that look good whether it's February or November. (Gap, $14)
When you were a teen, nothing was as special as a homemade mix tape. Teach your children about the wonders of mix tapes by creating a kid-friendly CD full of love songs. Blank disks are super cheap these days. Make it special with a handwritten note that explains why each song is important to you. (Best Buy, $10)
Minecraft is where it's at for approximately all kids between the ages of 5 and 13. Actually, quite a few adults are into the game as well. Download these adorable Minecraft valentines from Over the Big Moon. You can assemble them while you catch up on TV.
Kind of over the whole thing where your child agonizes over signing 24 individual valentines? Make it easier on everyone by ordering budget-friendly personalized stickers he can hand out at school on the big day. (Etsy, $10)
Don't go overboard decorating for Valentine's Day. Show the kids some festive love with a simple fabric banner that you can use year after year. (Etsy, $17)
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