Now that we have 4 children going out to eat can be kind of adventurous, not to mention a little bit costly unless we want to hit the drive thru of our local McDonald’s or Chik-Fil-A. We do enjoy taking the kids out to a restaurant so they learn how to behave in public, but we have learned that we need to avoid weekends and holidays…and Valentine’s Day tends to be a big day when a lot of people go out to eat, many without their kids. (not there is anything wrong with that – we just tend to bring our kids along for the ride!)
So this year we are going to celebrate at home with our sweet kiddos – all four of them, although Baby I probably won’t have a clue what’s going on! Want to share in the V-day love too? Check out these 10 ways to spread Valentine’s Day love with your kids:
- Set the stage with some great decorations – hit the dollar store and grab some festive plates, napkins and cups. Add a sheet for a tablecloth, put out some fabric markers and have fun doodling ways that you love each other all day long. It makes a great keepsake that you can add to year after year.
- Start the day with a fun breakfast – think heart shaped pancakes! They are easy to make, just use a large size heart cookie cutter, place it on your griddle and pour the batter in. Keep the cookie cutter in place for 30 seconds and then move on to another one. Add in some pink or red yogurt, strawberries and sausage for a yummy beginning to a special day.
- Cut out paper hearts the night before – at least 5 per child and have them write one thing they love about their family on the hearts. String them with twine and use as decoration!
- Bake cookies! Cut out cookies are the best, and you can use food coloring to tint the color of the batter (think red, pink, purple) or let your icing and sprinkles add the color you want. Then wrap a few up to share with someone who might not be celebrating with a Valentine this year.
- Stop at your local florist and pick out 10 single flowers – carnations or roses, then head to the grocery store and hand them out to someone who could use a little love.
- Collect small stuffed animals and art supplies and donate them to the children’s ward at your local hospital.
- Hit the drive thru for a treat and pay for the car behind you. This is one of my favorite things to do – and it always brightens my day!
- Make a fun craft to send to a grandparent or relative who doesn’t live close. My kids love crafting, and the messier the better! You can pick up simple prepackaged crafts at Michaels or Hobby Lobby, or check out the zillions of crafty ideas on Pinterest.
- Have a family movie night. Shut off those cell phones, close the laptop, snuggle on the couch and pop in a video (or queue it up in NetFlix, if you desire!) Top of our list to watch would be Frozen, Tangled, Herbie the Love Bug, Cinderella, Enchanted or Veggie Tales Princess and the Pea. Pop some popcorn and enjoy some family time.
- Make a *I Love You Because…….* board and hang one in your kids bedroom – and don’t forget your spouse! Download the template here, pop it in a frame and use a dry erase marker to share exactly what you love about them. It’s a little extra love note that changes every day!
This year we want to teach our children that it doesn’t have to be hard or expensive to show people that we love them, which is exactly what Valentine’s Day is all about. It’s not about the flowers or the chocolates (although I love both of those!) it’s about sharing love with those around us!