Throwback Thursday - Making Valentines Day Special For Kids

Yes, it's still January but Valentines Day will be here quicker than you think.  For today's Throwback Thursday post I am going back to a post that was originally posted on February 4, 2010, you can find that original post here.  

Around our house everything we do is for the kids.  I mean everything.  I can not tell you how many times we have sacrificed something so that the kids can have a great day and not have to do without.  So of course, Valentines Day is no exception.

Here are some of the great ways we make Valentines Day a special day for our kids:

Heart Shaped Pancakes
These are a favorite tradition on Valentines Day around here.  I have a silicone heart shape that I use to shape my pancakes but if you can't find one, just simply make your pancakes the regular way and use a large heart shaped cookie cutter to cut them into heart shapes.  While our pancakes are always heart shaped we do add in variations from year to year.  Sometimes we add red and pink ice cream sprinkles to the batter to have pancakes with sprinkles in them, or we add red or pink food coloring to the batter to have colored pankcakes.

Salt Dough Hearts 
Last year we had a party for the kids friends for Valentines Day and one of the crafts we did was Valentines Day Salt Dough Hearts.  The day before the party I made a big batch of salt dough, rolled it out, and cut it into large hearts using a heart shaped cookie cutter.  Before I baked them I took an ice pick and made a hole in the top of the heart to put a ribbon through.  The next day we painted them, added glitter and other goodies to decorate them, then ran red or pink ribbon through them so that they could be hung up.  This is my favorite salt dough recipe.

Pink and Red Dinner
I know several families do this as well.  We set the dining room table with our fancy china, napkins, and decorate with plenty of hearts.  We use our fine china and our dinner consists of items that are red and pink.  Be creative when planning your meal, and don't forget you can use red or pink food coloring.  Pastas are an easy main dish that incorporates red.

You're Special Hearts
Using red construction paper cut out a large red heart.  You will need one heart for each member of your family.  Decorate the middle of each heart with the name of a family member.  What you are going to do is each family member will write why they think that person is special on their heart.  Then at supper time everyone will read what the other family members have written about them. 

Valentines Day Movie
After dinner we all enjoy a family friendly Valentines Day movie.  Be My Valentine Charlie Brown is one of our favorites.


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