Are you looking for things to do with the kids this Valentines Day?
Whether you embrace the valentines traditions or not, it’s a great excuse to practice cutting, sticking, counting, painting, gluing and generally having fun with the little ones.
Here’s some valentines themed ideas (purposefully selected to require minimal resources and hopefully things you have at home already- we’re all about making life easier!).
💜Love Themed Arts and Crafts💜
💚 Make some Love bugs – butterflies, snails, bees, whatever!
💚 Save up the toilet rolls for some heart shaped printing – so easy to do!
💚 Finger print heart art – just cut out a heart shape and place it on some paper/card/canvas and then get going with the finger prints – you could do all different colours, this would make a lovely gift if done on a canvas too (available cheaply from an art/craft shop).
💜Love Themed Games💜
💚 Musical hearts – you know the drill. Set out some hearts on the floor and put some tunes on!
💚 Mend the broken hearts with maths – great for practising those number skills whilst on half term!
💚 Heart Hunting – think Easter egg hunt with hearts – make it more exciting by writing little challenges on each, or write things you love about your mini mumbler on them (heart shaped compliments): “You give the best cuddles”, “You make me laugh” and “I love how kind you are”.
💚 Love themed Story telling – How about reading some loved themed story books to each other. Ones that spring to mind include: “Guess how much i love you” and “i love you to the moon and back” but i’m sure a quick rummage through the book collection will find plenty more!
💜Love themed Baking💜
💚 Heart Jam tarts – Ok, we really went for the easy option here, ready rolled shortcrust pasty and a jar of jam!! The mini mumbler made these with just a few instructions from mum, she was so proud of herself!
If you like to put into practice what you watched on bake-off then go the whole hog and make some pastry and jam from scratch!
💚Heart Shaped Pancakes – What about banana pancakes? (suitable for the gluten free/ dairy free mini mumbler). Make the batter up with 1 ripe mashed banana and 2 eggs. There’s different ways to achieve the heart shape but you could just make one big pancake and then use a cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes.
Or what about heart shaped biscuits? cookies? waffles? the list is endless!!
💜Love Themed Card making💜
💚 I love you to pieces card – folding, drawing, gluing, cutting, sticking and writing – we loved making this! Make one for your mini mumbler and write down all the things you love about them inside (it might inspire them to make you one in return?!)
Who doesn’t love receiving a hand made valentines card! One for mum? dad? granny? grandma? (earn some extra babysitting points?!)
💜Finish off the fun with a mini mumbler friendly date night
💚 Create an at home cinema experience. Lights off, popcorn out! It’s amazing how these 2 little changes can make little ones soooo excited and make the experience feel extra special!
💚 Afternoon tea – Put that heart cutter to good use with heart shaped sandwiches and don’t forget to include some of those heart jam tarts you made earlier!