by Boston Parents Paper
Valentine’s Day is all about romance and chocolate. Once you have children, the holiday tends to change a little. It usually includes spending time celebrating with your children – and having to share that box of chocolate with them. Make this year’s Valentine’s Day fun and special for your children. Check out the 10 ways to celebrate below.
Get Crafty: Decorate a T-shirt or onesie with your child. They can decorate with hearts and puffy paints, and wear it proudly!
Breakfast Surprise: Surprise them with cupcakes for breakfast, surrounded by candy hearts. You can tie a heart balloon on their chairs for an extra surprise.
Create Hearts: Trace your child's arms and hands. Cut them out and then attach to each side of a heart. In the center you can write a saying (Happy Valentine’s Day XOXO, A Valentine’s Day Hug) and let your child decorate the heart and arms with markers, crayons, glitter, stickers and/or stick on gems. Fold the arms over as if they are giving the heart a hug. This makes a great decoration around the house or a great gift for a loved one. See detailed instuctions and a photo here.
Sweets & Treats: Head to the kitchen and make cookies or cupcakes to decorate with pink frosting and sprinkles.
1. Make Valentines for your children’s friends and loved ones, or even deliver to a local nursing home!
2. Another idea! Buy a silicon tray with hearts (you can pick these up at a craft store). Collect all your broken crayons and fill each heart with different colors. Place in a 200 degree oven and watch closely until they melt. Let cool and you now have a great Valentine crayon heart to give out to friends.
Crafts: Decorate the house with Valentine’s Day crafts. For an easy craft, cut strips of paper and fold them into a heart shape. Great way to make paper chains!
Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt: Write clues on pieces of paper that lead children to a special treat or gift.
Family Move Night: Get the popcorn ready and snuggle in to watch a cute Valentine’s Day movie like Lady and the Tramp or Mickey and Minnie’s Sweetheart Stories.
Love Letters: 10 "love" notes telling your children something special you love about them.
Game Night: Have a special dinner with the family, then enjoy a night playing their favorite games.
These 10 ideas, crafts and treats are the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with you family.