Guest blogger Kristin Finch is the co-owner of Mommie911.com and ZiggityZoom.com — two great sites that offer tips on the journey through motherhood and keeping kids busy! Today, Kristin offers us insight on teaching kids the important lessons of Valentine’s Day and some simple crafts that can help keep kids involved and learning.
I have 3 young children and I am the co-owner of ZiggityZoom.com, a site for kids 2 to 8 years old and their parents that focuses on imaginative play, curiosity, fun, and education. We have lots of creative and fun ideas for Valentine’s Day to help bring back the fun and love to Valentines Day.
As a mom, I am often frustrated with Valentine’s Day for what it has become for so many families. The selection of Valentines are usually just a handful of TV characters and we buy them mindlessly and that is the end of it. Where has the magic and our creativity gone to? I think Valentine’s Day needs to be about the love we put into something. The special things we do for our kids or spouse on Valentine’s Day or that our kids do for their friends should be meaningful because it expresses our love or friendship. Finding or making Valentines for our friends keeps us connected to what Valentine’s Day is all about- showing our love, affection, friendship and gratitude to the ones we care about.
I say get out the paper and foam, the scissors and adornments and have some fun with your kids. Or let your child pick Valentines you find online that fit his/her personality and interests and have them help cut them out, embellish them and address them.
Click here for tons of Free Valentines you can Print for your kids. Go to the site with you kids and let them pick their favorites. There are valentines with princesses, pirates, mermaids, aliens, dragons, dogs, animals, and more.
Valentine’s Day is a day to remind our loved ones that they are special to us and loved; and a day to tell them how much we really care.
It is a special day to reconnect with our husband or wife, a day to hug our kids with the biggest bear hug of the year. It is a day to show our love through very simple gestures that say, “You are special and you mean the world to me. I love You or Thank You for Everything.”
Here are a few Valentine Ideas and Crafts to help you make Valentine’s Day a Special Day for the whole family to participate in and to make lasting memories.
Decorated Valentine’s Bag for Valentines & Valentine Goodies
Does your child need a bag to collect all of his Valentines and Goodies on Valentine’s Day for school or a party? Let the kids help you make this super cute and easy Valentine’s Bag in a snap.
- Paper Bag- Colored or Brown Bag
- Colored Foam or Construction Paper
- Glue Stick
- Ribbon or String (Approx. 8-12 inches)
- Hole Punch
- Take the Top of the Bag and fold the 2 corners in to make a point at top (while bag is flat and laying down.
- Now Fold Over the Top of the Bag, to make an envelope-type flap.
- Cut a 1.5 inch Slit in center of front of bag, to accommodate the Point of the flap and keep bag closed. To strengthen this cut, you can attach a piece of foam or paper to the front or inside of bag, making a slit in this attachment also.
- Make a Hole with punch on the back side edges of the bag.
- Thread String through holes on both sides and tie off, removing excess string.
- Decorate the Bag with foam or paper, attaching pieces with glue stick.
Handmade Valentines with Buttons
Make these Homemade Valentines with Buttons – they are very easy to make, even for your preschooler or gradeschooler.
- Foam sheets or construction paper
- Craft glue
- Cut out pattern and trace onto foam or paper, then cut out your Valentine.
- Glue buttons around the edge and let dry.
- What a pretty Valentine!
Make these easy Envelopes-super easy and your kids can decorate them.
- Glue stick
- Print envelope and cut out. Either use this for a template and trace onto other paper or print each envelope as you need it.
- Cut out envelope and fold at dotted lines. Fold side pieces first and then use a glue stick to attach back to sides.
Make these Special Brownies for your family for Valentines Day. They say “I Love You” with the extra touches.
Looking for a fun food to make for Valentine’s Day? Something you can make with the kids? Well, make our easy Valentine brownies, which are also perfect if you have classroom party duty for Valentine’s Day. This is a super easy treat to make from a boxed brownie mix. Add some red cherry licorice strings … and voila!
- Chewy-style Brownie mix (plus eggs/water/oil)
- Red Licorice twists
- Cookie baking sheet with a lip
- Heart-shaped cookie cutter
Remember, it is about enjoying each others’ company or kind, loving words and gestures. It is about taking the time to reconnect with our loved one or making extra time to play with our kids or make them a special breakfast.