Now you all know that I am no crafty mama, but my love for all things red and pink makes me very excited for Valentine’s Day! I barely even have to feel bad about taking down my Christmas decorations when I know that another great holiday is right around the corner. If you are searching for some easy activities to do with your little ones, I’ve got you covered. If this non-crafty mom can do these, so can you!
Make Some Chocolates
One of the easiest (and sweetest) activities is making some chocolates. These little chocolate hearts are super easy and inexpensive to make. I purchased a silicone mold like this one for the chocolates. Grab some candy melts like these in the color (or colors) of your choosing and get started. I typically heat the chocolates in the microwave until they are just melted. Although those plastic squirt bottles are less messy, the chocolate can be pretty warm, so I prefer a spoon and bowl. Simply have your child fill the mold and let cool. Within minutes, you have beautiful and festive candies for Valentine’s Day. Thinking about having some friends over as well? Just grab a few more molds and be sure to give everyone their own bowl of melted chocolates and mold. Check out my post on the Easter candies we made with friends here.
Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards
Instead of buying a pack of cards, why not have your child make some homemade Valentine’s Cards? Now I will confess that there is a little prep work involved in these, but it really isn’t too bad. I used red construction paper as the background and cut each sheet into four squares. I took three pieces of white paper and asked my daughter to paint some swirls and hearts all over them. I love these Do A Dot Paints for a mess-free painting experience with the littles!
While she was as school, the paint dried. I cut the painted paper into hearts and she glued them onto the red paper. After that, she added her own special touches using stickers and her name on the back. They really came out so cute and it was definitely more fun than filling out some store bought cards. I’m sure you creative mamas can come up with something even better!
Bake a Festive Dessert
Everyone knows that I am a baking junkie and I especially love to make cakes. If you need advice on making some awesome cakes, check out my Killer Cakes for Dummies post. My daughter isn’t quite into baking as much as I am, but she is always willing to lend a hand when it comes to things like crushing Oreo cookies, adding ingredients to the mixing bowl and being my official taste-tester. I always try to make a fun cake for each holiday and Valentine’s Day is no exception. I really enjoyed making this red velvet cake from my favorite baker, Add a Pinch. I added my own crazy twist by filling the cake with crushed Oreos and sprinkles.
If you aren’t a fan of baking cakes, grab a great sugar cookie recipe, add some food coloring and have your child cut out some heart shaped cookies. Prefer to cook? You can even do a heart shaped pizza! There are so many ways to make a festive treat in the kitchen. The best part about edible treats is that you get to sample the product at the end.
No matter what you do for Valentine’s Day, be sure that it is filled with lots of love and time spent with family and friends! I would love to hear about some of your fun and creative crafts.