This valentines day card we made with my girl last week for her Papa. I like this kind of crafts that take a bit more time. They let her practice her fine motor skills while she’s having fun creating something special with a little bit of my help .
So first what you need to do, is to draw a heart for your child. Then help them roll little balls out a of tissue paper. When it seemed like you have enough , let them glue the little bolls inside the heart.
When this step is done, cut out the heart, and let your child glue it on the nice card stock. Give them a pretty pen, and let them decorate around the heart. Lily had fun at this step, and I kind of had to stop her from decorating the heart as well.
On the inside of the heart she had glued another little heart, and then I asked her if she wanted to say: I love you dad ( in French, since she speaks French with her dad) or kisses. She decided on I love you, so here it is :
We had a lot of fun preparing this card 🙂
what you’ll need
Pretty gold pen
Today at 7.15 I realized that my daughter was supposed not only to dress in red and white to day care today, but also bring a small hand made treat/gift to exchange with other children. Luckily we had left the toilet paper heart-stamped cards that we made last week together !
I added some xoxo’s and love here and there, and stapled one mini package of cookies:
It took me probably 3 minutes, including the frenetic search for a stapler.
And of course I had to explain to my little girl the principle of a gift exchange. She didn’t seemed to be convinced .
With Valentines day approaching , I decided it’s about time to prepare some cards with my two year old. I wanted it to be something that she can do entirely alone ( or almost ). So potato stamp is one of these cheap, easy crafts that any toddler can do, and it will actually turn out quite nice !
So first I cut these stamps for her. After she played a bit with them, we made actual valentines cards.
I used hand paint, to add her original signature :
And when I asked her if she wanted me to add I love you , or Xoxo , she chose the second one. After all, it was her card 🙂
All you need for this craft is :
Today I have got together with a group of inspiring Canadian bloggers to bring to you the best of Valentines day ideas : 30 Valentine’s Day Ideas to Make, Bake and Create. You’ll find them all at the end of this post!
So for me and my family, Valentines day means sweet treats and everything pink! So this year I have decided to make a special healthy-ish treat for my girls that could be served as a special Valentine’s breakfast, or as an anytime treat!
To be honest, this recipe has come to life manly because I’m pregnant and obsessed with fresh smoothie bowls and I’m craving fruit desserts all day every day now! And because my girls love anything with a bit of whipped cream on it!
So this parfait is a mix of a thick very berry smoothie, with crushed chocolate chip cookies, whipped cream and fresh raspberries. And of course, the special ingredient is love !
What you’ll need
For the smoothie layer:
one cup of strawberry greek yogurt
one cup of frozen mixed berries
For the cookie and cream layer:
your favourite chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies
one cup of cream with a teaspoon of sugar
Make your smoothie and set aside. Whip the cream. Crush the cookies. Wash the raspberries.
Now layer it all in small glasses, and don’t forget to be generous with cookies and cream!
Serve to your loved ones for breakfast – or eat alone, I won’t judge you! I already had two of these triple berry parfaits ! They were just too good!
Now come see other gorgeous Valentines day inspirations ! From decor to recipes to easy DIY projects, this tour has it all!
Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and it means that Pinterest is flooded with cute and perfect ideas to keep everyone occupied! If you’re single, you might be organizing a Galentine party, if you’re dating it’s time for a super romantic get-together, and if you’re a mom it means that you’ll be cutting out heart-shaped sandwiches, filling in your kids cards and baking complicated desserts all nigh long!
Or, we can just take it easy.
So while I really want my kids to feel special, and to enjoy the change of the seasons with their distinctive holidays, I thing it’s important to plan activities that they can actually make on their own!
And so these here, are three doable, easy and fun ideas that you can really make at home with toddlers and preschoolers alike:
1. Easy DIY Valentine’s day card
2. Home made Valentine’s day play-dough hearts
3. Simple Valentines day brownie bites
We have actually made all of these more than once, and here is how:
The DIY Valentine’s day card:
Every year we make our own cards (you can see the evolution of our ideas here and here!) This one is equally simple as fun, it leaves space inside for some sweet wishes (or scribbles!) and can be made with pre-cut by mom pieces, or made from start to finish by a bigger kid.
What you’ll need:
– Black pink and purple crafting paper – Scissors and glue – Glitter
Cut two long rectangles out of the black crafting paper, and fold them in two, so you have two little square booklets. Cut out 2 different sizes of hearts in two different colors ( I suggest purple and pink) and leave the smaller cut out paper aside (to glue it inside of the card) Let your bigger kid cut hearts out, and prepare it all for the toddler. Glue the bigger heart on the first page, then glue the smaller one on top and decorate with glitter. Inside glue the cut out rectangle with a heart-shaped hole, and write in your wishes on the empty side! ( Or let your toddler scribble something they think looks like a sweet note!) Here’s how my daughters did it:
Valentine’s day home-made play dough:
This is the activity that Lili wants to make every year! Some years we would just play with it as with any other play dough. And some years we would make garlands. Here’s the recipe for my simple salt dough, perfect for cutting out hearts!
And here’s what we did this year: a dough without salt, so it would feel more like a real baking dough, and we pretended to be baking pink cakes for dolls with it!
Play dough that feels like a real dough:
– 1 cup flour – 1 cup cornstarch – 1/4 cup warm water – 1/4 cup oil – pink food colorant ( or some beet juice)
Mix it all well, if the dough is too sticky, add flour, if it’s too dry, add water and oil. For more sensory fun, you can add some dry pasta like we did!
This dough keeps well in the fridge for 2 -3 days. Lili wanted to make some hearts and give them as her tokens of love, so we made these and baked just as you would bake any other cookie.
Valentine’s day brownie bites with cream cheese frosting:
Now this is so yummy and looks so festive, while being really simple.
Of course I encourage you to make your own brownies ( you can even find an amazing healthy version here) but you can also use a brownie box mix just like we did!