Valentine’s Day is not just for the adults. Children love celebrating too and appreciate the little efforts friends and family make to show them how much they care. Jennifer Carver, from Spaceships and Laser Beams, is sharing 5 sweet ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day with children. Try incorporating one of her ideas in your Valentine’s Day celebrations to surprise the special little ones in your life!
Sweet idea #1: Treat the special children in your life with a “Love Day” breakfast! Set a festive table using patterned Valentine’s Day themed plates, cups, napkins and red or pink cutlery. Add a sweet favor at each place setting such as a small box of chocolates, heart balloon or package of conversation hearts. Delight them even more by transforming typical breakfast food into a Valentine’s Day feast! Use heart shaped cookie cutters to create heart shaped pancakes and sausage patties. Add pink or red food coloring to milk and whipping cream. Serve up sliced strawberries. Revamp the shape of you-bake cinnamon rolls to form heart shapes prior to baking.
Sweet idea #2: Surprise your children with a love themed lunch. Add printable Valentine’s Day cards and tags to dress up traditional lunch items. Include a beverage label on their water or juice bottles. Add a circle tag to the top of their fruit or apple sauce cup. Dress up their granola bar with a custom wrapper. Include a special Valentine’s Day treat and a sweet note from home to round out the surprise. You can even go the extra mile by cutting their sandwich or small pieces of cheese and meat into heart shapes. Include a red or pink napkin and a festive striped paper straw for some added fun!
Sweet idea #3: Cook up a special after school treat of milk and cookies! Using your favorite sugar cookie recipe, bake heart shaped sugar cookies. Short on time? Buy prepared sugar cookie dough from the store or premade cookies. If your children would enjoy frosting and decorating them, have small cups of frosting and bowls of sprinkles, sanding sugar and treats on hand.
Sweet idea #4: Heart attack their bedroom doors. Cut out a variety of cardstock or construction paper hearts. Write something you love about each child on enough hearts to cover their door. Some ideas? “You are funny.” “You are creative.” “You are smart.” “I love your smile.” Tape the hearts using non-permanent adhesive that won’t ruin the finish on the door.
Sweet idea #5: Arrange for special one-on-one time doing something your child(ren) really love to do! This could be reading a stack of their favorite books together, watching a well-loved movie, or visiting the local park for play time. Whatever the activity, make it something your child(ren) will think is extra special and all about them!
Can’t you just imagine the sweet smiles and giggles of delight that will come from surprising the special children in your life with one of these awesome Valentine’s Day ideas? The day will definitely be something your children will not soon forget!