5 heart-felt Valentine’s Day activities for your kids
Every parent knows that nothing melts the heart more quickly than a child’s hand-made Valentine.
This Valentine’s Day, say thank you by giving your child the best gift at all: your time. Here are a few ideas that will inspire you to have some fun and share some hugs with your little love-bugs.
If it’s blustery out, bundle up and get outside. We guarantee that making a snowman will inspire some giggles. And if it happens to be a rare clear, warm day, lucky you! Arm yourself with sidewalk chalk, and teach your child how to play hop-scotch or four-square.
Take the entire family on a date to a museum. Smaller children appreciate children’s museums, but don’t discount the lure of art museums to kids 5 and up. Worried you’ll have your hands full of bored child? Make it a game. What do they love? Whether it’s dogs, birds or flowers, challenge them to find their subjects in the paintings and sculpture. You can often find great deals on local museums at Groupon or Living Social, plus you’ll earn ShopAtHome.com Cash Back.
What child doesn’t have a sweet tooth? That delight will taste even better if you make the treat together. It could be as simple as making a caramel sauce to put over ice cream. Older kids can make this simple sauce with a bit of supervision: Boil ¼ cup of sugar with a tablespoon of both water and light corn syrup, and simmer over medium heat, stirring for around 8 minutes. Take it off the heat and whisk in a tablespoon of butter, ½ cup cream and a half teaspoon of vanilla. Serve over your child’s favorite flavor of ice cream.
Bring summer inside:
Even if it’s cold outside, nothing’s stopping you from pulling out a picnic basket and blanket, clearing space on the floor, and gathering around for an old-fashioned Valentine’s Day picnic. If you don’t feel like cooking, splurge on a bucket of fried chicken and cupcakes from a bakery. Pick up this adorable picnic basket for four from Kohl’s. Picnic Time Oxford Picnic Basket, $99.99 (plus Cash Back), Kohl’s.com
Share the love:
Making a Valentine for Grandma, an elderly neighbor or anyone who might need cheering up will accomplish two important things: Your child will spend time with you, and he will learn the value of a loving gesture. Pick up a craft supplies like paper, glitter and ribbon at Michael’s, and you’ll all have fun tapping the creative spirit. Get started with a variety of Essentials Cardstock Paper, $2.99 (plus Cash Back), Michaels.com