Here are some of the fun and simple Valentines' Day Traditions we are starting to share within our family each year:
Boxes of Chocolates on Beds
Growing up on Valentine's Day my mom always made our bed and left a box of chocolates and when I was away at college she would mail me a box. It was always a fun treat! This year I was trying to be sneaky and grab the chocolates without my kids seeing them and accidentally bought a Transformer box for my daughter instead of the girlier one I meant to get her. Oh well, it will save me on the fighting!
I had a lot of fun making these with my kids...or my kids watching me make them! They helped in the beginning, but lost interest after the first little bit. They were real simple to put together and the kids enjoy looking at them hanging now in the kitchen.
Each year I like to put hearts on the walls. This year now that the kids can help we sat down one night and had everyone write one thing they love about another person in the family. Once they are all written down we read them aloud and then put them on the wall where we can see them all month. I love to glance at them throughout the day! It is fun at any age to see what they put down, but I think it is especially fun when they are young because you get phrases like this,
and like this,
hmm, he must have liked those muffins I made!
My son was asked to bring Valentine's Day cards to preschool and since he recently had a couple of days off we used the time to make some. They are not super fancy, but he is pretty proud of them. Anything to do with sparkling confetti and glue is cool, right? And since we used basic shapes and letters that he recognized we were able to talk about them while he was "designing" them.
A Fun Valentine's Dinner
I had so much fun planning this dinner and it made for a fun night together! I made Heart Shaped Calzones from my favorite pizza dough recipe and stuffed them with our favorite pizza toppings (a little cheese on bottom, toppings and a couple T. of pizza sauce). And for dessert...
Yum! I made Strawberry/Cherry Jello Jigglers cut in to squares and topped with strawberry yogurt and strawberries. I don't know about your kids, but mine always seem to eat their food better when it is cut into smaller chunks and they gobbled this up!
I loved it and I think they did, too!
No matter what you do, big or small, do not forget the point is to share your love for those special people in your life!
What are your Valentine's Day Traditions? I'd love to hear them!