Showing posts with label Valentine's Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Valentine's Day. Show all posts

Jan 20, 2012

14 Valentine's Day Activities for Kids

Valentine's Day isn't just about romantic love and pretty Valentine cards. It's actually a holiday remembering a man (St. Valentine) who loved the Lord deeply. It's also a great day to teach your children more about God's love and how we can spread it around. So this February, consider cuddling up with your kids to learn more about Valentine and our loving Father through a great book on the topic - then try some of these fun activities and crafts.

1.
Valentine Countdown Chain - Count you way to Valentine's Day with this printable craft featuring a Bible verse for every day from February 1 to February 14.

2. Valentine Scripture Wreath - Make a wreath featuring Bible verses about love.

3. Jesus Loves Me Hanger - A simple, printable craft.

4. Heart Paper Doll Chain - Make these as simple or as complex as you like.

5. From Scratch Heart English Muffins - Make these ahead of time, then toast them for Valentine's Day breakfast. Or, partially toast them at lunch time, spoon pizza sauce on them, add your child's favorite pizza toppings, then continue warming until the cheese melts.

6. Heart Shaped Pancakes - Whip up your favorite pancake batter and pour some of it into a clean squeeze bottle (such as a mustard or chocolate syrup bottle). With the squeeze bottle, "draw" a heart shape onto the griddle, then fill in the center by spooning in some more batter. Then cook as you would any other pancake.

7. Heart Ladybug Card/Craft - Simple enough for toddlers through kindergarteners. (Or try the heart octopus craft.)

8. Beatitude Hearts - Simple lace doily hearts that you and your kids write the Beatitudes on.

9. Love Is Lapbook - Help your kids fcreate a lapbook about biblical love.

10. Toilet Paper Love Bug - A cute little craft. Click here for a simiar, printable version.
11. Smokey Hearts - For lunch or a snack, serve up this simple heart-shaped food made from Li'l Smokies or hot dogs, cheese, and pasta.

12. John 3:16 Valentine - A simple craft focusing on one of the most essential verses in the Bible. Look here for more Bible verse Valentines.

13. Valentine's Angel - A pretty printable.
14. Hearty Pizza - For dinner, make a pizza, but instead of shaping the dough into a circle, shape it into a heart.


Feb 14, 2011

6 Ways to Make it Valentine's Day Every Day


Flowers, cards, chocolates...He may like them. But here are the Valentine's Day gifts he really wants - on February 14th, and every day of the year:

1. When he enters the room, look him in the eye and smile.

2. When he comes home from work, drop everything and give him a kiss.

3. Give him at least one kiss every day that lasts at least 10 seconds.

4. Listen to him. Respond so he knows you're listening.

5. At least some of the time, initiate sex.

6. Don't nag.

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Feb 4, 2010

Getting Ready for Valentine's Day

Although we don't go in big for Valentine's Day at our house, we do take the opportunity to make sure we do something a little special for each other. My preschooler makes a card for her Daddy and brother, my hubby and I give her a card and a small gift (usually a heart-shaped box of chocolates, which she thinks is the grandest thing ever), and if we have time, we do some of the following:

* Make heart shaped cookies, pancakes, or sandwiches. (For the pancakes, place a heart shaped cookie cutter on the grill, then pour the batter into it. Cut out sandwiches with a cookie cutter, too.)

* Give love coupons. (Print little cards that say such things as "Stay up a half hour later than usual," "Have an extra date night," or "Wash your car.")

* Give love letters, notes (including those written on the bathroom mirror), emails, or text messages.

* Write SHMILY wherever we can. ("SHMILY" stands for "see how much I love you" and can be written on the steamy mirror while your hubby takes a shower, in the sand box, in a little note stuck in a lunch box...)

* Tell what we love about each other. (Create a list, a series of hidden notes, or a booklet telling your loved one specific things you love about your hubby or kids.)

I also make sure my preschooler understands the history behind Valentine's Day. We read The Story of Valentine's Day by Nancy Skarmaes, which is the only children's book I've found that covers the topic. You can also scour The History Channel for more information about this holiday named after a monk who married young couples even when the Emporer outlawed marriage.

How will you make Valentine's Day special for your family?

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