How do I love thee? Let me craft the ways. Here are some easy kid-led activities for Valentine's day for your little ones to "show" their Valentine love.
Heart in hot chocolate
Have the kids drizzle chocolate in the shape of a heart or have them "draw" a heart shape, with a straw, in the foamy bubble-goodness of their hot chocolate. It's kinda like a hug in a cup.
A special Valentine's present from baby to parent (or grandparent)—paint their foot with non-toxic paint (I like Crayola paints) and press down on a piece of paper. It's a great souvenir of their childhood and image of what love can make.
Write a love letter
Know how you write a #FF on twitter you should add a sentence as to why it's great to follow that person? Same should be done for a special valentine. Don't just send a valentine to the teacher—have your child draw a picture or write a sentence as to WHY that teacher is special (You smile at us. You help me with my reading. You make school nicer.) Same goes for a parent, sibling, aunt, karate teacher or whomever. Make a valentine that much more special by showing why the specific valentine is so special to your child.
Homemade Valentine's Day Cards
Yes, I have been guilty of last minute run to the drug store to buy cartoonish factory-made valentines (nothing wrong with it). But in this age of "every kid in class has to have a valentine" buying store-bought cards can get pricey.
Homemade Valentine's Day cards are simple to make and can be the project-of-the-week—doing a few a night leading up to Feb. 14th (if you are doing for the whole class). All you need is some red or white paper, scissors and some markers to decorate.
Check out our Wall Candy blogger's Free Valentine's Day Printables post for more Valentine's Day ideas.