Skip the "Hallmark" version of Valentine's this year and try one of these fun ideas to celebrate all things love with your family. Love can take many forms- You can love your partner, children, grandparents, friends, pets. Use Valentine's day to teach your kids how important it is to appreciate all the people in our lives whom we love.
Of course, this doesn't mean you have to skip your hot date! But we like the idea of involving your kiddos where you can and making it a fun way to be appreciative and express those feelings.
1. Make Valentine's slime for ooey gooey fun
Keeping your kids entertained for the entire day may be a little tedious, however getting crafty is always a good idea. Kids love to get their hands dirty so when we saw this Valentine’s Day Slime recipe we knew it would be a hit!
2. Start the day with heart-shaped pancakes
A simple way to start off Valentine's with a smile on your child's face. Pancakes for breakfast on a weekday? Yes please!
3. Add a special Valentine's note to their lunch box before you send them off to school saying what you admire about them
We all know they'll be getting lots of candies and chocolates at school, so instead of throwing in a treat, add a note! Tell them some of the unique things that you really love about them to make it genuine and personal. They might roll their eyes, but deep down we know they love it (this may only be true depending on their age... hehe).
4. Make a Valentine-inspired game and play it together
Whether you use some cookies or candies for your X's and O's, you can whip up a tic tac toe game really easily with some paper and pens and voila! Quality time together while you play, and totally on theme.
5. Make time to do something together as a family
This doesn't have to be extravagant. Maybe it's a surprise stop for hot chocolate on the way home from school, or a walk around the neighbourhood, or maybe it's one of the ideas already listed here! For many children, love to them is quality time, so just showing that you're present with them (no matter what the activity is) is a great way to show you care.
6. Create some simple heart-inspired decor
7. Bake something as a team
8. Get in your pj's and cuddle up for a movie with tasty Valentine's popcorn
It can be any movie of course, but we suggest Disney's Lady and the Tramp. A love story that won't have the kids going "ewwwww". Adding some sprinkles and candy hearts to your popcorn is a great way to make it feel special. We are obsessed with the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.
9. Make a hand-made card for their grandparents
10. Share your old scrapbooks and photo albums to show off all the important people that have been in your lives
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