valentines day art Feb. 10, 2016

Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids!

Wondering how to celebrate Valentine’s day with your kids at home? Here are some fun ideas, activities, and crafts you and your kids can to together!

The first is a simple craft for young kids called the “Love Bug”. Start with washable acrylic paint in red and black. You’ll also need white construction paper, black marker, paint brush, “googly” eyes, and decorative hearts. Dip your child’s foot in the red paint and make a footprint on the construction paper. Then have your child use the black paint and paint brush to make a head, antenna, and legs. Hearts can be drawn on after the paint has dried. Then glue on “googly” eyes and decorate with heart stickers!

Looking for something a little more advanced? Here is a fun Valentine’s Day STEM activity called “Valentine’s Slime”!

Valentine’s Slim (littlebinsforlittlehands.com)

Materials:

How to make:

  1. In one bowl mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of glue {really mix to combine completely}.
  2. Now’s the time to add color, glitter, or confetti!
  3. In another bowl measure out 1/2 cup of liquid starch.
  4. Slowly mix the glue/water mixture into the starch with a spoon, make sure to get all glue out of bowl.
  5. Switch to mixing with hands for a few minutes until you feel it come together.
  6.  Put in a clean, dry container or on a plate.

Finally, a simple way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and also double as a lesson in selflessness. Bake cookies or another delicious treat with your kids. Go around to your neighbor’s houses and drop of a yummy surprise to brighten their day! Here is a delectable and easy Valentine’s cookie recipe: 

The BEST Sugar Cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 T milk
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and beat well.  Add other ingredients and mix well.  Chill overnight.  Roll dough into 1/4 inch thickness and cut to desired shape with a cookie cutter.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes.  They will be soft and white. Cool and frost if desired.

by Michelle Moran