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Family Valentine’s Day Activity Ideas By Age

Celebrating Valentine’s Day has changed since you’ve become a parent. Instead of romance and date night, you want to spend this holiday with your family. If you’re looking for a family-fun way to spend Valentine’s Day, check out these options by your child’s age. Families with children of different ages can combine activities or adapt them to fit the children’s different interests, activity levels and stages of development. Toddlers Your curious toddler is all about exploration. Turn their love of making discoveries into a family Valentine’s Day adventure. Cut out paper hearts and ‘hide’ them around your home, creating a...

Kids’ Paper Heart Art for Valentine’s Day

Spread the love on Valentine’s Day with a few family-fun kids’ art activities. Don’t worry if you’re not a crafting queen. You can still help your little one get artsy on the holiday. All you need is a handful of paper hearts! Fold construction paper (use holiday colors, such as red and pink), draw half hearts starting at the fold and cut the shapes out. Continue until your child has more than enough hearts to use. Your crafting kiddo can cut out hearts in a variety of sizes and colors. Now what should you do with the hearts? Take a...

Valentine’s Day Math and Science Activities for Kids

The kids have crafted Valentine’s Day cards and they’ve made plenty of holiday treats. Now what? Explore math and science concepts, using Valentine’s Day as an inspiration. Not only are you celebrating the holiday, but your children are getting the chance to learn, make discoveries and develop new skills. What types of activities can you try for the most loving of all holidays? Take a look at these easy ideas that are perfect for kids in pre-k and up. Heart Symmetry Your child can learn about basic math concepts, such as shape and symmetry, using hearts. Hold a piece of...

Kids’ Valentine’s Day Box Ideas

The Valentine’s Day box. It’s a staple of the elementary school classroom. When the holiday approaches and your child’s school party draws near, you get that letter (or rather, email) from the teacher. It announces the need for a creative, colorful and ultimately cool box to put all of the class’s cards in. Whether your child’s class has a Valentine’s Day box contest or your kiddo just wants to get super-creative, check out these artsy ideas. Try Textures Instead of sticking with one kind of paper, try a variety of different textures on the box. Wrap a shoe box in...

Easy Homemade Valentine’s Day Card Crafts for Kids

There’s no need to buy pricey pre-made Valentine’s Day cards. Your child’s own artwork is the best gift that you can give a loved one. If your kiddo is getting ready to craft a few cute cards, check out these easy ideas. Don’t worry, there’s no need to qualify as an expert crafter just to make these artsy “I love you” cards. Old School Lace Doily Remember those lace doily hearts you made as a child? Well, your little one can craft a similar sort of card too. This is a throwback that’s still very much in fashion. Have your...

Easy Valentine’s Day Treat Recipes

Valentine’s Day is filled with sweet treats. And this year you can have your child help you to whip up a few. Spend some together time with your little one, making Valentine’s Day goodies to share with the entire family. Serve your treats at a holiday party or send them to family members and friends. If you need a few simple Valentine’s Day recipes for your child to help you create, check out these holiday ideas. Valentine’s Sundae Crush your Valentine’s Day chocolates into a bowl of cherry red ice cream. Mix the candy into the ice cream and top...

Martin Luther King Dr. Day Dream Speech for Kids

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. And so does your child. Use this great American figure’s famed speech as the starting point for a Martin Luther King Day activity that helps your child celebrate the ideas of peace and equality. These concepts can be a challenge for kids to understand. This activity takes the abstract ideas and makes them more concrete for your young child. Read the Speech There are plenty of book options that can help your child to better understand the words of this famous speech. Books such as “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King...

Kids’ New Year’s Resolution Craft

What are your New Year’s resolutions? What are your child’s? Talk to your kiddo about what a resolution is and help them to make a cute craft that features this holiday tradition. This activity is easy to adapt for children of all ages. If you have a very young child, you’ll need to do the writing (your child can trace over the letters). If your child is older, they can take over and complete the craft themselves. Materials You’ll Need Poster board Markers or crayons How-to Instructions Discuss New Year’s resolutions. Ask your child to tell you what they think...

4 Kid-Friendly New Year’s Mocktails

You celebrate New Year’s Eve with a champagne toast as the clock strikes midnight. But now that you’re a parent, you need to come up with creative ways to dial down your partying ways. That means replacing the midnight champagne toast with a noon New Year’s mocktail version. That is, for the kids. Instead of sticking with the same old bubbly grape juice, check out these non-alcoholic mocktails! Kid-Friendly Champagne This drink has absolutely no real champagne in it at all. Instead, mix ginger ale and white grape juice in equal parts. Dress the drink up by adding a splash...

6 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s from Around the World

Fireworks, champagne and a midnight toast are your favorite ways of celebrating New Year’s Eve. The next day you gather with family, have a festive brunch and relax. But this isn’t how everyone celebrates the New Year’s holiday. Check out how different groups of people around the world mark the beginning of the new year. Brazil People in Brazil mark the New Year by eating lentils. Why? Aside from the taste factor, they symbolize good financial fortune. Spain In Spain they don’t eat lentil on the New Year. Instead, they eat grapes. That is, they eat 12 grapes at midnight....