Here are some ideas that may help you put together a night for your family to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Some of them we used last year, and others are some favorites from the web. We hope they spark your imagination!
Arts and Crafts Ideas:
I used tempera paint and water to make these heart ice paints last year with E. As the ice melts it paints on the paper. It was a cold activity, but the result was really fantastic. I seriously kept this and want to frame it. It turned out great. You could do one sheet, cut it into hearts, and send it to grandparents as a long distance Valentine!
Last year Madonna also made some fantastic Valentines with Lil’Man. She used tissue paper and some glue applied with a paint brush, which helped keep the glue layer thin and worked on fine motor skills. She let him make this for his daddy, and I’m sure that your kiddos would love to make one for someone special, too.
You’ve probably been scouring the dollar spot at Target for a while now. You can put those heart shapes you found to good use! Let your kiddo make some patterns, or you can let them sort the hearts by color.
You could also use the holiday as an excuse for a tea party. We use tea parties in our house as a way to work on manners and practice service.
Cookie Lollies: Grab a pack of the break and bake sugar cookies and a tub of icing. Take the sugar cookies and lay them out on your cookie sheet. Before putting them in the oven, insert a popsicle stick into each cookie. Bake as directed. When they come out of the oven let them cool and then decorate with the icing and candy sprinkles. Its just a spin on a fun treat! This treat is from Pillsbury.com.
Twinkie Sushi: Ok, I admit it. We like sushi in this house. You can make this Twinkie sushi by cutting a Twinkie in 1-inch pieces and wrapping it in a fruit roll-up cut to the same width. You can put a Valentine spin on this snack by using red fruit roll-ups instead of green, and filling the middle with some Valentine candy. Its sushi your kiddo will probably try! You can find more Twinkie recipes on the Hostess website.
Have a great Valentines Family Night!