As the Christmas and New Year decorations are being deeply discounted Valentine's Day items are filling the shelves. There are so many great things for kids for Valentine's Day that can really add up but there are ways to make your kids feel special, and help you celebrate the day with them without breaking your bank.
Heart Shaped Pancakes
These are a favorite tradition on Valentine’s Day around here. I have a silicone heart shape that I use to shape my pancakes but if you can't find one, just simply make your pancakes the regular way and use a large heart shaped cookie cutter to cut them into heart shapes. While our pancakes are always heart shaped we do add in variations from year to year. Sometimes we add red and pink sugar sprinkles to the batter to have pancakes with sprinkles in them, or we add red or pink food coloring to the batter to have red or pink colored pancakes.
Salt Dough Hearts
Last year we had a party for the kid’s friends for Valentine’s Day and had the kids paint Salt Dough Hearts as one of the crafts at the party. The day before the party I made a big batch of salt dough, rolled it out, and cut it into large hearts using a heart shaped cookie cutter. Before I baked them I took an ice pick and made a hole in the top of each heart to put a ribbon through. The next day at the party we painted them, added glitter and other goodies to decorate them, then ran red or pink ribbon through the hole so that they could be hung up. Salt dough is easy to make and very inexpensive, you most likely even have everything you need to make them already in your cabinets.
Pink and Red Dinner
I know several families who do this each year as well. We set the dining room table with our fancy china, napkins, and decorate with plenty of hearts. Our dinner consists of items that are red and pink. Be creative when planning your meal, and don't forget you can use red or pink food coloring. Pastas are an easy main dish that incorporates red.
You're Special Hearts
Using red construction paper cut out a large red heart. You will need one heart for each member of your family. Decorate the middle of each heart with the name of a family member. What you are going to do is each family member will write why they think that person is special on their heart. Then at supper time everyone will read what the other family members have written about them.
Valentine’s Day Movie
After dinner we all enjoy a family friendly Valentine’s Day movie. Be My Valentine Charlie Brown is one of our favorites.