10 IDEAS FOR YOUR LITTLE VALENTINE
Valentine's Day isn't just about the candy! In fact, your kids will remember the creativity much longer than a bag of candy! Here are some easy but heartfelt ideas that are much better than candy!
• Balloon Breakfast
Surprise your little valentine with red, pink and white balloons in the kitchen when they wake up. It is a sure way for them to feel loved before leaving for school.
• I Love You Berry Much
Make heart shaped pancakes with berries. Arrange berries into a heart shape either on pancakes, on top of yogurt or oatmeal, or even just on a plate.
• Love Lunch
Bring a smile to their face when they open their lunch box. Kids love to feel special and this will surely be a hit!
• Valentine Popcorn
Such a yummy salty & sweet treat! Cook regular size bag of microwave popcorn. Melt 3/4 cup pink chocolate candy melts and drizzle over popcorn. Lightly toss to coat. Spread popcorn on platter. Melt 1/2 cup white chocolate melts and drizzle over the potter of popcorn. Immediately add valentine sprinkles and m&m's (they will adhere to the white melted chocolate). Allow to cool before serving.
• Watermelon Suckers
All kids love suckers and they will love these watermelon ones too! Cut watermelon into 1/2" thick slices then use cookie cutters for the heart shapes. Add sticks to watermelon hearts (so many cute options available- even decorative paper ones).
• Cheesy Hearts
What is there not to love about grilled cheese on a cold February day? Use heart shaped cookie cutters to make it special for your little valentine.
• Sidewalk Chalk
Valentine's is a great time to stock up on some sidewalk chalk for the summer. Before putting a bow around it to give as a gift- create a message for them on the sidewalk and driveway. They will surely feel the love when they get home from school.
photo: Johnson High School Art Club
• Pizza Hearts
You can't go wrong with these heart shaped pepperoni pizza (recipe here). I love the tips for the crust. A healthier option is to use whole-wheat english muffins cut into a heart shape. Then just add pizza sauce, toppings, and mozzarella.
• Jello Hearts
You can use any flavor of red jello (sugar free jello works great too!) Mix 2.5 cups of boiling water with two 8 ounces packages of gelatin and stir until dissolved. Pour into a glass dish and refrigerate until firm. Use cookie cutters for the heart shapes (immediately before using the cookie cutters, dip the bottom of the dish into warm water to help loosen the gelatin).
• Heart Attack
Cover their bedroom door with notes with all the reasons you love them. You can purchase heart shaped post-its or cut your own hearts. Attach to door in heart shape. They will definitely feel loved and remember it forever.