There doesn’t need to be a special day to show my family how much I love them, but I do tend to get a little extra on Valentine’s Day, especially with my kiddos. Maybe it’s because I have girls and pinks and reds and hearts are just super fun and girly, or maybe its just because I love holidays and reasons to decorate. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t have to be elaborate or break the bank.
Here are some simple ways to add a fun little touch to your kids Valentine’s Day that are fairly inexpensive or free.
- Make your own valentine’s or do a valentine’s day craft. Target and Walmart had a ton of cute valentine kits this year that are a step above the perforated boxed cards we’ve seen for years. They are fun for the kids and also keeps them entertained for a while. Especially if yours can write, its a perfect time for them to practice those letters.
- Heart shaped food. I seem to think anything can be a bit more exciting when its in the shape of something outside of the norm. Like a plain ol’ turkey and cheese sandwich is much more fun in the shape of a heart, versus the everyday square. Buying a set of cookie cutters is never a bad investment when you have kids! You can transform sandwiches, pancakes, fruit, veggies, quesadillas, etc. into shapes based on whatever holiday it may be. I love giving Josie that little surprise in her lunchbox on occasion.
- Spread the love. I don’t know about you guys but I tell my girls and husband I love them about 152 times a day, maybe more. 😉 Leaving a quick note of why they are special or just wishing them a good day in their backpack, or lunch box (or some other area that you’ll know they’ll eventually see it) is an easy (and free!) way to make their day a little brighter.
- Simple decorations. When a holiday rolls around, I love incorporating little festive touches into my home decor. You can find some many cute banners and/or garlands at Hobby Lobby or Home Goods and all you have to do is simply hang it in an area of your house that you frequent. For us, its the living room and kitchen. Also, paper plates for meal times are also a fun and inexpensive way to add some festiveness! I actually got these cute heart ones for Isla’s birthday party and saved a couple back to use on Valentine’s Day.
- Make a sweet treat! Cookies or cupcakes or brownies can easily be made into a special treat for any holiday! Just get some white icing, dye it whatever color you like for frosting cupcakes or cookies. Add colorful M&M’s to cookies, or sprinkles to any and all of the above! It’s simple, but so pretty and just adds that little extra touch of fun.
Last year we hosted a “Galentine’s Day Party” for some of Josie’s preschool pals and made little heart shaped pizzas! You can read all about that here.
Again, just keep it simple. Nobody has time for complicated. Am I right mamas??
Wishing you all a Happy Day of Love! XO
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