Playful Plans for Your Young Valentines

Yesterday, Phil did not see his shadow, and we’re be happy with the news that brings! This means we can focus our attention to the next fun February occasion – Valentine’s Day! Take a tour with us around the web for some new ideas for celebrating.

Being featured on our blog previously, you already know the Activity Mom has tons of ideas for stimulating playtime for babies to older kids. For a fun way to remember the itty-bitty size of your baby’s hand, or how your kids’ hands grow as they grow up, try one of these valentine handprint crafts. (Photo shown is from ActivityVillage.co.uk.

Happy Clippings, a blog based out of our hometown of State College, recently featured a sleek paper heart garland craft, with great ideas for using what you already have on hand to complete the project.

Another nifty eco-friendly craft comes from the blog, Mama to 4 Blessings, and could be done anytime of year! See the steps to make soda bottle hanging planters from – you guessed it – soda bottles!

While candy seems to take center stage for nearly every holiday, Valentine’s cards make this holiday so special. For a paperless Valentine surprise, send an e-card! The Monterey Bay Aquarium has an assortment of free underwater-themed cards, including this fitting octopus that is “Stuck On U.”

Of course, we won’t leave tasty treats out here. While the blog, Craft-O-Maniac has an endless number of creative craft ideas, here’s a festive plan for a Valentine Lunch that any kid will love!

Finally, here is a great site for anyone looking to cook with their kids – Cooking with My Kid! Last year she featured festive Valentine Hearts Cookies and be sure to visit as she’s putting up new Valentine-related recipes!

For more fun with a Valentine twist, take a look at our special Valentine’s Day category. See additional craft ideas, fun with food (real & pretend), and toys perfectly adorned for the 14th, like this Heart Tin Tea Set!

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