Happy Valentine’s Week! We hope you and your family are planning a fun February 2013 Family Time, if you haven’t had one already. Here are a few extra ideas to make your time special:
1. Decorate with red, pink, and white tissue poms. They’re easy to make and inexpensive, but they make a big visual impact. Very festive! Check out a tutorial here: http://www.marthastewart.com/265163/pom-poms-and-luminarias-how-to Note: If you don’t have floral wire, yarn or kitchen twine will work.
2. Play Valentine’s tic-tac-toe. Xs and Os stand for kisses and hugs, so a few twists would make for an easy Family Time activity. Check out this free printable to use with candies: http://www.jodiefitz.com/2013/01/23/free-valentines-printable/ Or you could make this cute homemade tic-tac-toe board with construction paper and felt: http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/valentine-craft-tic-tac-toe-hearts/
3. Make marshmallow pops for a sweet treat. My boys aren’t big fans of chocolate, so this would be a great option for us. Here’s a cute tutorial: http://www.applevalleygirl.blogspot.ca/2013/01/valentines-marshmallow-pops.html
4. Serve heart-shaped bacon. This tip is especially for HomeLife contributor Sophie Hudson, aka Boomama! If you go with a breakfast theme, you could serve this with heart-shaped pancakes and use cookie cutters to cut fruit into heart shapes (http://www.recipebyphoto.com/valentines-day-fruit/). Can’t picture what heart-shaped bacon looks like? Check this out: http://moneysavvymichelle.com/how-to-make-bacon-hearts/
5. Let love be a little messy. My boys may not be big into the hearts and flowers of Valentine’s Day, but I’m SURE they would love to make this Valentine’s Slime. (Yes, slime!) Here’s a fun and messy activity using items you probably already have on hand: http://itsgravybaby.com/2012/02/how-to-make-slime-preschool-craft/
What fun activities or ideas do you have for your Show Some Love Family Time? We would love to hear your ideas. Share in the comments!
Dawn Hollomon is a minister’s wife, mom to a preschooler and teenager adopted from Ethiopia, and the editor of HomeLife.