What are your Valentine’s Day plans? If you have children, it’s a nice time to do some crafts and baking with them. Set up a do-it-yourself card station at the kitchen table or the dining room table. Gather items like construction paper, stickers, glue, glitter and markers. Don’t stop there, look for dried pasta in interesting shapes, bits of yarn and ribbons, and even dried twigs or leaves from outdoors. Help the kids’ tap into their imaginations to create fun and different Valentine’s cards for each other and everyone else on their sweetheart list.
How about some fun holiday baking? Buy ready-to-go dough from the super market and pop cookies into the oven. Then decorate. Even children as young as 2 can help add sprinkles and toppings. Another great idea is to make chocolate dipped strawberries. This one is great for the slightly older kids to try on their own. Buy melting chocolate and follow instructions to melt on the range or in the microwave. Then dip washed and dried berries and place on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Pop these in the refrigerator and in no time you will have a tasty treat.
Valentine’s Day is seen by some as only for the romantic couples, and by others as a day conjured up by the greeting card companies. But you can use this day as a fun reason to interact with the children and teach them the joy of showing others that you care about them. A simple homemade card or yummy treat delivered to a neighbor or relatives will make your children feel great about themselves and learn a valuable lesson about caring and giving.