Ever since I can remember my mom has always made the holidays a “big deal” in our home. She decorates for Easter, Fall, Thanksgiving, Halloween, New Year’s and beyond! We are that home in the neighborhood that has the lit reindeer and sleigh set in the yard around Christmas, with full lights across the front of the house. It’s a beautiful and fun sight for children! Although my siblings and I no longer live at home, my parents continue to decorate for their grandkids, and simply because it brings them joy.
Of course, I inherited that festive spirit from her and always knew that once I had kids I’d do my best to make the holidays exciting for them as well! I’ve told you already about my love of Halloween, and I really try to be an “equal opportunist” when it comes to the remaining holidays. *smile*
With that said, since both boys were born I’ve done my best to make the holidays extra special for them! It’s become even more fun for me now that they’re ages 1 and 3 and actually aware of what’s happening (well, our older son anyway). So with Valentine’s Day around the corner I’ve been trying to figure out a way for them to enjoy a kid-friendly Valentine’s Day at home. These are a few ideas I’ve come up with:
- Valentine’s Day family crafts (i.e., coloring in a giant cupid with everyone’s hand print; making hearts out of play-dough)
- Bake heart-shaped sugar cookies, pipe them with red frosting and decorate with sprinkles, then enjoy them together
- Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt around the house (similar to an Easter Egg hunt – with bright red construction hearts “easily” hidden about the house – at the end a prize basket filled with healthy, nutritious treats).
Of course, after completing all these activities, we’ll sit together and enjoy our treats, while sharing why we love each other! Okay, how silly and corny (but fun) do those ideas sound? *smile*
What do you do to make the holidays special and kid-friendly for your little ones?