I reached out and asked for ideas about activities to do with children for Valentine’s Day. As a mom of two children, Valentine’s Day has become more of a fun, family holiday, instead of a couple’s day. I received two replies that I wanted to share with my readers. I have posted them below. I hope you like them as much as I did.
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ideas to have a great, low-cost V-Day with the kids. A few of his ideas are
below. He can provide more upon request:
1. Bake cookies then decorate them. Heart cutouts are great, as are
using food coloring to create red and pink cookies and frosting. Kids enjoy
2. Make candy together.
3. Make then exchange home-made paper valentines for each other. This
is a great activity with the kids!
4. Write a poem together (group collaboration).
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Gail Dosik of One Tough Cookie (www.onetoughcookienyc.com).
Gail encourages families to get together and decorate cookies and has
prepared kid-friendly tips that make Valentine’s Day cookie decorating a
piece of cake.
Tips for Decorating Valentine¹s Day Cookies with Kids.
1. Keep the shapes simple circles, stars, hearts, flowers. Pick shapes
children can easily identify and relate to.
2. Use squeeze bottles for icing they’re much easier to work with than
pastry bags. They’re available at cake decorating and craft stores
everywhere, as well as online. They’re easy to refill, too.
3. Kids LOVE to use the icing as a glue for little edible candies in all
sorts of shapes and colors. Use red, pink and white colors in heart shapes
for Valentine¹s Day decorating.
4. Edible markers are another way to decorate cookies, especially if you’re
mess-adverse. You can frost cookies with plain white royal icing the day
before and let the cookies dry. The next day the kids can color to their
hearts content on their edible canvasses.
5. Write your child’s classmates names on the cookies. They make fun and
delicious Valentine’s Day party treats.
6. Bake the cookies ahead of time so that they are cool and ready to be
decorated. I personally suggest baking the night before while everyone is
sleeping. Then you also have a chance to try one (or two) cookies for taste
7. Make the cookies a bit thicker than usual and bake extra. The thicker
cookies should help minimize breakage but if it does happen, you will have
extra cookies available
8. Use lollipop sticks to make lollipop cookies. Kids and adults go crazy