That chubby-cheeked cherub is back! Valentine’s Day is here, and that means it’s time for sweets, treats and homemade tokens of love.
There are a few times a year when you just can’t sweat the sweets. Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day top the list. You’re cooking with kids, so keep it simple. Go for a classic treat like sugar cookies or mini muffins, but make them extra special with heart-shaped molds and colored frosting. Toddlers can be trusted to stir some dry ingredients and will love using rolling pins and cookie cutters; bigger kids can help measure, pour and handle icing tubes and other decorating tools.
Is there anything any sweeter than a handmade Valentine? Even if you are going to end up buying pre-fab cards for the class party, you can still sit down and give Hallmark a run for their money making cards for grandparents, Daddy and babysitters. Kaboose.com has step-by-step instructions for thumbprint hearts and easy-to-make Love Bugs. You provide the basic art supplies (construction paper, tissue paper, glue, markers, etc.) with some paper doilies, red, pink, and purple glitter and sequins added to the mix. Toy stores carry kits for trinket boxes and simple heart-themed crochet projects, too.
Treats and crafts are a sweet way to make memories and pass the time in the blustery winter days of February. Up next? The Easter Bunny!