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Celebrate Valentine's Day with Your Kids

by Jolanda Garcia

Enjoy this holiday of love by sharing these fun Valentine’s Day activities, crafts, games, and gift ideas with each other.

Make some thumbprint heart cookies. This is a great recipe for little ones to help with! Use a roll of readymade sugar cookies dough. Place cookies on an un-greased cookie sheet. Dip thumb or index finger in egg mixture to generously coat with color. Press finger onto each cookie at an angle twice to make heart shape. Sprinkle with red sprinkles and bake. Create a small baggy with some colored cellophane, and add some cookies. Tie with a special ribbon and card. Share these tasty treats with your neighbors and friends.

Make a family photo book. Cut a cover page out of red craft paper and write the title “I Love My Family” on the top of the page. Cut a heart out of pink craft paper and decorate with glitter pens. Each family member creates a page for the family book. Have each family member add a photo(s) to their page and decorate. Laminate for extra strength. Punch holes in the pages and tie them together with ribbon or string. Cut out a small heart and attach to the end of the string. This makes a great coffee table book.

Create a Valentines Mouse Bookmark. Make this easy Valentine’s Day Bookmark to give to someone special. Use a wooden craft stick and paint red. Trace and cut one large and two small hearts out of red and pink craft paper. Glue small hearts to the top of the large heart as ears. With marker draw eyes and whiskers onto the face. Glue onto craft stick and add a conversation heart just below the face.

Play and learn with Valentines Conversation Hearts. Use a muffin tin and add colored circles to the bottom of each tin. Have children sort the conversation hearts and fill into the correct colored tins. Let your child be the candy store keeper and you are the customer shopping for candy. Example: I would like to buy 3 pink candies and 2 green candies. Have children count them out and hand them to you. Add them up to see how many candies all together you bought.

Have a family game night. Enjoy some quality family time and share some laughter over a game of Candyland.

Gifts from the heart. Make homemade valentines to share with your classmates. Buy some lollipops and make your own lollipop cards. Find patterns and prints on www.kidssoup.com. Be sure to remember special people to have your child make Valentines for, like elderly neighbors.

Valentine's Day is a wonderful celebration of love to be shared with friends and family. Make this Valentine's Day a fun and sweet memorable day.

About the Author:
Jolanda Garcia is a former teacher and educational content designer and runs several websites. Her goal is to give parents and teachers great resources to nurture children's health, development and creativity through crafts and activities. Visit her websites: kids arts and crafts at www.KidsSoup.com, Kid's Health and Nutrition at www.EarTwiggles.com and www.HalloweenPartyBox.com.



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