If your child enjoys getting creative, Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse for doing so. Whether he or she wants to create a valentine’s gift for someone in their class, to themselves or a family member, below are simple and quick ideas that you can help them to make when preparing to celebrate Valentine’s Day. You can find a range of materials to help you get crafty on websites such as Artifolk.
Easy and enjoyable to make, valentine biscuits can be made from only a few ingredients and are a tasty treat to send to your child’s valentines. All you need is butter, milk, plain flour, icing sugar, vanilla extract and a heart shaped cutter and you’re ready to go! It’ll take less than an hour to make this thoughtful treat. Follow the instructions here.
The internet is full of valentine’s crafts that you can make from just paper, scissors and glue. Make a Valentine’s bouquet from paper, an imaginative valentine’s card or pretty book mark. You can find many more ideas at MarthaStewart.com
Who doesn’t like chocolate or sweets, and what is more appropriate on Valentine’s Day? Think of a creative way to present your sweet treats. Pinterest has lots of ideas that will inspire you depending on your budget and the time that you have. What not make a valentines cracker filled with delicious sweets or if you are encouraging healthy eating, think about making a chocolate strawberry kebab? Try not to eat them all yourself though! We know they’re delicious
Valentine’s day is a great day for your child to show their friends how much they mean to them. Help them to make friend bracelets. They could use their friend’s favourite colours and add heart beads to them. You can find tutorials on the internet of how to make them. To finish off the gift why not punch two holes in a piece of card and thread the bracelet through it, you could help your child write on the card a caring message telling them what a good friend they are.
Help your child to create a list of all the favourite things they like or love about the person they are sending the valentines gift too. Your child could title it ‘10 things I like about you’. The recipient will love receiving the compliments and it will be the most thoughtful gift that they could receive.
Teach them a basic sewing technique and helping them make a cushion or small decoration out of fabric. They could choose their own beautiful valentine themed fabric and then stuff it with cotton wool! You can find an example here.
Try and encourage your child to use their imagination and help them get across what they are trying to say such as ‘you’re my best friend’.