|These two don't need a special day to celebrate their love. They're best buddies for life.|
I've never been a big fan of Valentine's Day. I hate commercialism and that's what so many holidays are now - the stores out to see how much they can get out of it. Seriously, a dozen roses about quadruples in price just because it's Valentine's Day. How ridiculous is that? My husband is such a romantic that he brings me roses and chocolates all year long. He takes me on at least one date every week, and I frequently receive cards in the mail from him. ♥
I was challenged though to come up with a craft for children to make for Valentine's Day and that set me thinking.
Here in Ontario where we live there is a holiday in February called Family Day. I think it's always on the third Monday of February. It's a day to encourage families to take some time out of their busy lives and spend the day together. Okay, I pretty much spend every day with my children, but of course, their dad doesn't so we try to make this a special day.
This year I thought I would combine a couple of ideas I found on Pinterest and make it a special day to show our love for each other. Right now we're not sure if my husband is going to have the 17th off so we may be celebrating early - really early - like this Friday.
So, you ask, what are these ideas? First of all, I fell in love with this idea of a Treasure Hunt...the treasure being time spent together as a family doing things we love. Coming up with activities for our family to do is usually not a problem for me. I know we're going to start the day with pancakes (always a hit), and I'm probably going to do heart shaped ones. Then I'm going to announce a day off of school. I think that will score me a few great mommy points. ☺ Next we'll do a craft which I'll talk about in a minute. Then if the weather is nice we'll go for a walk or to the zoo (We have a membership so going to the zoo for an hour is always a fun thing). When we come home we'll warm up with a fun lunch (still to be decided) and then spend the afternoon watching a movie together.
I'm excited already. These are all simple activities that won't cost much but will add up to a lot of memories.
On to the craft. Again this is an idea from Pinterest (♥ Pinterest). I'm going to tweak it a little though. For the sake of time, I'm going to have the hearts pre-sewn. Then I'm going to have the children each pick each other's names. They will then draw a face on one side and write a message on the other for the sibling whom they have chosen.
I'll take pictures and let you know how it all goes. How does your family celebrate Valentine's Day (if you do)?