Simply Valentine with Kids
Valentines day is just around the corner. And although we show our kiddies love every single day, valentines is a fun way to celebrate love a little more. It can be simple, and meaningful, and quite fitting for a day where we celebrate love - to give our children what they really want for valentines Day - some time with us. They do not need expensive gifts, so save those rands and rather use some of simple and fun ideas to make them feel extra special and super-loved:
- Make a kiddie coupon book
We’ve said it before and will say it again - gifts of experience beat material gifts hands down! With a little time and some thought (and very little expense) you can say “I Love You” to your babies. A gift which will keep on giving long after Valentine’s Day has passed. Make a book of IOU’s for your little Valentine. Here are a few ideas:
Let your child choose a movie to watch together
Go for a walk and a chat together
Make a picture together, or decorate some song words, or a favourite quote together. Then frame it for your child’s room
Plant a pot plant together and care for it together
Go for an ice cream together
Give them an uninterrupted hour. In that time do what they’d like to do (within reason)
Start the Day with a Love Fest
Cover their bedroom door with notes filled with love and kind words and compliments. Tell them what you love about them, what special unique traits you hold dear. Make some rainbow coloured hearts and stick them all over too. Let your imagination run wild.
- Home Made Valentine’s cards for those you love
Set aside an hour or 2 of together-time and get coloured paper and pencil crayons, glitter glue, stickers - and make cards for everyone you love. Cards for family members, grandparents, special friends and neighbours. Anyone lonely you know? Make a card for them too and pop it in their postbox. Spread the love in creative ways. Alternatively do it all digitally. But do it together.
- Celebrate with food
Children love to spend time with their parents. So get together and create a special meal. Pizza is usually a favourite, so give this simple recipe a try to create a tasty feast to be enjoyed together:
Hearty salami pizza
For the base: 1 cup flour 3 tablespoons plain yoghurt
For the topping: 1 can tomato paste Dried oregano Mozzarella cheese (shredded or freshly sliced) Salami Fresh basil Parmesan cheese\salt and pepper to taste heart shaped cookie cutter
Amounts above are for 1 pizza.
Heat oven to 200 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet. In a bowl mix the flour and yoghurt with a fork. Then gently knead with little hands and sticky fingers. On the kitchen table roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface so it doesn’t stick. Once thin and roundish, spread the tomato paste all over it. Sprinkle with some oregano. Add the Mozzarella cheese on top. Cut out several salami hearts and decorate the pizza with these. Add a few basil leaves. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Serve with a fresh green salad.
- Family movie night
Make some fresh popcorn, put your phone away, and snuggle on the couch with the littles to enjoy a movie together. Some love stories we have recently enjoyed: Shrek Cinderella Brave
For those with older kids what about: Romeo and Juliet The Twilight Saga
Whatever you choose to do, why not use Valentines day to show your love a little. After all - love makes the world go round.