Thursday, January 28, 2010

Valentines Fun for Kids

While Valentines Day is usually a celebration of romantic love, don’t forget to celebrate your love for your children during this special time. There are many simple ways to make Valentines Day fun for your children, and to remind them that they are special to you.

-Make a Special Breakfast: On the morning of the 14th, surprise your children with a special red or heart themed breakfast. Here are some ideas for food you could serve:
  • -Red or pink colored pancakes (use simple red food coloring)
  • -Cut bread in a heart shape using a large heart cookie cutter and either make regular or French toast
  • -Cranberry juice
  • -Make a fun Valentines version of Eggs in a Nest. Use a medium sized heart cookie cutter and cut a heart shaped hole in the center of a piece of bread. Oil or butter a frying pan over medium heat. Place the bread on the frying pan and crack an egg in the center. Flip with a spatula when the egg looks to be decently done. Continue to cook until the egg is mostly cooked through. Longer if you want you yolk all the way cooked or shorter for a runny yolk.
  • -Strawberry Milk
  • -If you want to serve something a bit healthier you can serve Oatmeal and “draw” a heart with maple syrup in the center of the bowl

-Host a Valentines Cookie Decorating Party: Decorating cookies need not be relegated to Christmas only. Valentines Day is another great time to break out the frosting and sprinkles. If spending hours in the kitchen preparing the cookies and frosting doesn’t sound exciting, check the bakery at your local supermarket. Many sell ready made sugar cookie and icing kits. All you need to add is the sprinkles. You can also purchase ready to bake dough in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. Here is a list of supplies that you will need for the perfect Cookie Decorating Party:

  • -Plenty of cookies and frosting for everyone
  • -Sprinkles and Candy (red hots and conversation hearts make great Valentine’s cookie toppers)
  • -A table cloth (the disposable kind are great for a kids party) to protect your table from sticky frosting messes
  • -Paper plates for each guest. They can use them while decorating their cookies and for taking their cookies home with them when they leave.
  • -Juice or Milk for washing down all of that sugary goodness

-Hit the Dollar Store or Dollar Section: There’s no question that kids love to get gifts! They will probably see you and your spouse exchanging gifts and want one too. You can easily make your children feel special without breaking the bank. A little bag filled with candy and a small gift is enough to let them know you care.

Do you have a fun Valentines Tradition? Please share what you do to make your children feel special at Valentine’s day by leaving us a comment!

- Christine

Posted by Christine of Sticky Fingerprints

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lfhpueblo said...

I think it's great to give little inexpensive gifts to your children on Valentine's while you and your husband exchange yours. I like the breakfast idea too.
Valentine's is a good teaching day, to teach your children through example how much everyone loves each other in your family.

Cascia said...

Great tips! I also like the breakfast idea.