Who says that Valentine’s Day has to be just for your sweetheart or better half? Those days are long gone. If you’re like me, you are looking forward to a weekend devoted to spending time with your most loved ones. The ones that you spend the majority of your days raising to be loving people. That’s right. Your Kids!
My children are five and seven this year; it is fantastic to see their excitement and creativity bloom. The enthusiasm to create the perfect homemade Valentine for their loved ones makes my heart so proud; digging out all the craft supplies we saved from last year and crafting brings so much cheer into our lives during the winter blues!
We’ve never been ones to make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. My husband calls it a “Hallmark Holiday.” Once a subtle occasion to recognize the ones we love, it has transformed into a commercialized event with lots of expensive gifts. I believe the best gifts are handmade and come from the heart. I want to teach my children that love is best expressed through actions and kindness.
I LOVE our home decked with red and pink hearts, especially our windows and the hearts’ reflections all around the room as the sun goes down. Valentine’s Day is an excellent day to sit, be present, and craft with your loved ones, cut out hearts, glitter, paint, beads. The more, the merrier!
Make homemade Valentines for all of your loved ones and classmates!
Michaels Craft Store offers online art classes and events and carries the most fantastic valentine craft kits that will keep your kids busy for hours! All Valentine’s items and decor are 50% off!
- Make heart-shaped waffles. A few years ago, I purchased a heart-shaped waffle iron, and my children love it. Make heart-shaped waffles or pancakes, add red food coloring or add some sliced strawberry hearts.
- World Market carries an array of heartshaped Pasta and Healthy Sauces; you can’t go wrong. Heart-Shaped Pasta is always a hit.
- Order heart-shaped pizzas from Papa Murphy’s or Rocky Rococo’s.
- Make heart-shaped sugar cookies or homemade chocolate-covered strawberries.
Have a fun “candid” Valentine’s Day Photo Shoot!
Just add red! The Dollar Tree has helium red heart balloons for a dollar. Cut out hearts, string them up on the wall.
Put on some red lipstick, add kisses to your kid’s cheeks, play music, dance, pose, make kissy faces, be cheesy as you can be. You can get away with being too lovey with your kids this weekend.
I LOVE making and printing PhotoStrips, sending them to friends and family, and seeing them on their refrigerators. People appreciate printed photos now more than ever of the ones they dearly miss.
Make Clay Hearts
It is hard to believe that you can make your own clay by merely using two everyday household items – glue and cornflour, that is it. Every kid loves getting their hands messy and sticky, and you can make these hearts for anyone special in your life — neighbors, teachers, best friends, siblings…
Pour two half cups of cornflour and an entire bottle of glue into the bowl, stirring continuously. It will have a substance similar to icing. The more you stir the mixture, the more of a clay substance it will become, and you can always add more cornflour or glue until you get a perfect consistency.
Roll out on a floured countertop and use a heart cookie cutter. Don’t forget to use a pencil to poke a hole in the clay for hanging. Let sit for 24 hours to harden and then paint and decorate the next day.
Do Something Good for Someone Else
Do you know a friend or neighbor who may not have family nearby or a Valentine this year?
If acceptable in your area during this time, send a valentine or colorful drawing to a nursing home, or a soldier on active duty, or a child at UW Children’s Hospital.
American Family Children’s Hospital
1675 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53792
The Paper Heart Project
The Paper Heart Project is a campaign that spreads awareness about Congenital Heart Defects, also called CHDs. Congenital Heart Defects are the most common type of birth defect. The severity of CHDs can range from mild to deadly. Nearly 1 in 100 babies are born with one or more of the 40 different types of Congenital Heart Defects. CHDs are the most common childhood disease yet is the most underfunded in regards to its prevalence. Twice as many children die each year from CHD than from all childhood cancers combined, pediatric cancer research funding is 5 times higher. (Which is still underfunded) Please join in this month to help spread awareness about Congenital Heart Defects.
Anyone can participate in this project. You simply take a photo of a paper heart. Then post your photo to any social media outlet and hashtag your post with the following hashtags: #paperheartproject#CHDAwareness. Let’s take the internet by storm with our paper hearts. The more awareness we can spread, the more funding for research we hope to receive!
Read Valentine’s Day Books Together
Many libraries have an array of festive Valentine’s Day books on display, as well as the front entrance Table of Barnes and Noble.
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
- Happy Valentines Day- Curious George
- Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart
- I Would Tuck You In by Sarah Asper-Smith
- Guess how much I love you by Sam McBratney.
Family Movie Night
A fun night at home playing games, eating heart-themed meals and snuggling up watching movies as a family is always a favorite.
A few heartfelt family movies that we love:
- Lady and The Tramp
- Beauty and The Beast
- Lilo and Stitch
- Beauty and the Beast… Just to name a few!
As always, check out Madison Mom monthly events for a fun listing of things to do in February! If you enjoy any of these activities listed, please share with me @wisconmom. I hope that you have a wonderful and warm Valentine’s Day!