How to involve kids in Valentines Day
Valentine's Day isn't just about your significant other. It about celebrating love! Share the love with your kids with these cute ideas for giving them a dose of cupid.
Thumb body loves you cards
Press your child's thump into paint or food colouring and make a heart-shaped print on the front of the blank card using two thumb prints. Then, write the words ‘thumb body loves you” below it!
Go on a family picnic
Instead of eating dinner at the table on February 14, grab a picnic rug and set up a family picnic in the backyard, or your favourite picnic spot, complete with candles, plastic wine glasses filled with soft drink and red or pink paper napkins.
Handmade cards of love
Encourage your kids to make valentine cards for mummy and daddy, grandpa and grandma, aunts and uncles and their sisters and brothers, and to tell them in words just how much they love them.
If they need some creative inspiration, give them fabric to cut out love hearts, or use red, pin and white paper. Glue these onto a card and have your kids decorate them with glitter glue, buttons, or whatever embellishments their heart's desire!
Tip - Instead of using a rectangle-shaped card, fold a piece of cardboard in half and cut out half a heart shape, when opened, it becomes a full love heart. Awww!
Breakfast in bed
Let your kids help you, or dad, prepare a breakfast in bed for your significant other. Check out these delicious breakfast recipes for everything from buttermilk pancakes and cinnamon muffins, to scrambled eggs and homemade hash browns.
Tip - Cut toast in the shape of a love heart, place strawberries and a flower from the garden on the tray to make it extra special.
Make your own fortune cookies (just search for a fortune cookie recipe on the internet) and have your kids come up with ‘fortunes' for each member of the family. Then scribble these on tiny pieces of paper and slip them into each cookie to be cracked open on February 14.
Give some sugar
Go crazy with your little cupids in the kitchen by whipping up some sugary valentine treats.
Use heart-shape biscuit cutters to make biscuit wands for each member of the family. Wrap the left over biscuits (if there are any!) in red cellophane and tie with a pink or white ribbon for your kids to give as a valentine gift to friends at school.
Bake a batch of vanilla cupcakes and ice them in red or pink icing and get the kids to decorate them with lollies and sprinkles.
Meringues are the ultimate sweet treat. Add some red or pink food dye to transform them into love meringues.
Play cupid chase
This fun Valentine's Day game is perfect for when you have a house full of children.
How to play:
Place a blindfold on all but one child (she will be Cupid). Attach a small bell to Cupid's shoe string and when she runs around the room, the blindfolded kids must try and catch her by listening for the bell. When Cupid is caught the catcher then becomes Cupid!
Cute V cards to hand out at school
With a cute valentine picture on the front and the words “I like you" or "be my valentine" on the back, these admirer cards are perfect for handing out in the school yard leading up to February 14.
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