The sweets, the cards, the whimsical decor... Valentine's Day was made for kids. The day of love can be made special for the whole family on the cheap — it's the time you spend together that matters. Here are our hands-on tips for making the day a blast for your kids. You'll have fun too — we promise.
Why not deck the halls for the day of love? Valentine's Day decor is a great opportunity to get crafty with kids. Some simple ideas include displaying your Valentine's cards by making a garland of them, hanging a heart-shaped mistletoe, cutting heart-shaped paper snowflakes to hang in the window and gathering twigs to display in a vase and hang Valentine's cards from. Listen to a playlist of love-themed songs as you fill the place with hearts.
Valentine's Day is definitely the day to jazz up their lunch boxes with a few special treats. Make sandwiches and fruits more fun by cutting them with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. A day or two in advance, bake something tasty together to munch on throughout the day. Sugar cookies are a lot of fun to decorate (if you can handle the mess). Write your own special message on one to surprise them.
Everyone in their class will probably receive a Valentine's Day card, but there are a few special people in your kid's life who deserve some extra TLC on Feb. 14. Hand-deliver cards to your kid's best friend's door as well as to cousins, relatives or other special friends. Bring some sweet offerings as a bonus.
Giving a book of favours your kids can cash in will make them feel super special, and it's a fun alternative to just giving Valentine's Day cards. Make a simple booklet with a different favour on each page. For example, they can pick what to have for dinner one night , a day they don't have to do chores, a movie night, etc. Tailor them to your kids' likes and dislikes. Or make a booklet of "things I love most about you." This will give kids a confidence boost and encourage them to continue what they're doing right.
Make dinner a special event by having your kids choose a theme, such as an all-sweet theme, a chocolate theme or heart-shaped theme. If your kids like to ham it up, incorporate some make-believe into the meal. Recreate a French bistro, make baguette sandwiches, and wear berets. Or pretend you're at a dinner theatre, and have your kids put on a skit to watch. Whatever you do, make it complete with sparkling mocktails and a tasty dessert.
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