My husband and I don't celebrate Valentine's Day at all, which is fine by me;
however, I do want Sweet Pea to know what the day is about and why.
I still want to make it special for her, but I didn't want to spend money. My desire was to spend some really good quality time talking and making things special for our Love day.
Mother Goose Time to the rescue!
Every month we get a Celebration Kit in our monthly box that helps us celebrate the holiday/season of that month. Enter in our Valentine Celebration Kit! We used this kit for several days last week spreading out the activities and adding some more to celebrate the day of love.
On Monday, we met up with a bunch of our homeschooling and stay at home moms and had some fun craft time making our little LOVE BUG Headbands and then we made our own strawberry jam!
(I couldnt take pictures since I didn't have permission, but here is Sweet Pea's creation)
After making the headband, we placed 3 strawberries and a little bit of sugar into a sandwich size bag. All the tots worked on their smashing and poking skills as they created their own strawberry jam, which they then placed on some homemade bread! It was a delicious and fun snack!
You could take it a step further and use a heart shape cookie cutter to cut the bread before spreading the jam. Some kids did this, but not Sweet Pea. Once that bread was in her hand, it was to her mouth... she doesn't mess around with food! Ha!
On Tuesday, which was Valentine's Day, Sweet Pea and I worked on making Daddy a card using some of the supplies from our Celebration Kit. We also used the Heart Stamp Mother Goose Time sent as our monthly shape stamper...Perfect!
As soon as Daddy walked in the door from work, Sweet Pea started hollerin, "DaDa card! DaDa card!" It immediately put a smile on his face.
Growing up, breakfast for dinner was always such a special treat. So that's what we did to make the day a little more special and different without spending money.
Sweet Pea LOVES to help in the kitchen, so she worked hard on stirring the pancake batter together with a touch of pink food coloring for just a little more pizzazz! I used a 1/4 measuring cup to pour the batter into a heart shape. We served our pink pancakes alongside scrambled eggs with cheese, smoked breakfast sausage, heart shaped bacon for daddy and me, and strawberry milk thanks to Nesquik!
To end the day, we did one last activity out of our Valentine Celebration Kit... a letter heart matching game. Sweet Pea is into matching... in fact, she likes to match her bows and socks to what she is wearing that day! This activity was really easy for her, but she still enjoyed it.
At bedtime we read a few of our favorite LOVE books.
What a wonderful way to celebrate without spending more money on stuff!
Next month the Celebration Kit is on St. Patrick's Day and you can download it here! All you have to do is fill out the form! It's a FREE download!