I like Valentines Day. There I said it. It doesn’t have to be a commercial exercise, you don’t have to buy overpriced meals and flowers, but it is a great opportunity to show people that you love them, to ponder on how you demonstrate that today and in the future- to check in with them to make sure they know they are loved.
We don’t spend crazy amounts, here are a few of our favourite ideas:
- Cut out heart shapes and write on each one something you love
- We splurged and got balloons one year, it was great as we used them to play lots of games and even toddlers can play balloon games.
- Take breakfast in bed for everyone, toast is the least messy.
- Depending on how you think it will go down…either everyone votes for a movie to watch, or everyone can choose one episode of their favourite show. You may be able to find a special film that is love/kindness related – please comment if you do!
- Everyone wears something red or pink.
- If we do buy things, they are things that will last many years and get lots of use. We have some cups with hearts on and a toast stamp that comes out on birthdays too.
- We read a few themed books – some ideas on www.mrsaverageevaluates.wordpress.com
- We do lots of crafts, check out the love bugs we made in a previous post!
- Finally, we have a treasure hunt around the house, each child has a sheet of photos of the people they love, they have to find the photo and we put a heart shaped sweet next to it. We have such a tiny family that we also use the Sesame Street printables to make sure everyone gets about 10 sweets. If you have visitors you can use the Sesame Street ones for them to find with their name on instead of a photo.
- We get heart shaped pasta from Lidl for dinner, easy, quick and universally acceptable even in our picky household. For pudding the kids have voted for pancakes…