It's almost February, which can mean only one thing: hearts everywhere as Valentine's Day approaches. I think I'm even a bit late to the party as I started seeing Valentine's Day posts pretty much as soon as Christmas was over!
To get into the spirit of Valentine's Day you don't have to be an incurable romantic, although that probably helps. You can try out some of the crafts and activities below (contributed by a lovely group of bloggers - thank you!) and have fun with your kids - or without them, if you prefer!
The important thing about this celebration is that EVERYTHING MUST BE HEART-SHAPED! This is a fact - just look at all the evidence below. The only exceptions are the Love Bugs, which you could decorate with hearts anyway, and the rose petals blowing activity, but a rose is the other acceptable symbol for Valentine's Day.
So whether it's hearts ♥️ or roses 🌹 take your pick from the activities here and have fun!
To give or keep...
1. These beautiful clay hearts would make a wonderful handmade gift and something to be treasured and kept forever.
Fingerprint Heart Keepsakes by Jenny from The Gingerbread House
2. I really have to try these super cute pom pom love bugs!
Valentine's Day Love Bug Pom Pom Craft by Emma from The Mini Mes and Me
3. Do you want some ideas for Valentine's cards that children can make? These heart cards are so cute!
Valentine's/ Mother's Day Crafts with the Kids by Eps and Amy
4. These potato print heart T-shirts are just gorgeous!
Valentine's Potato Print Heart T-shirts by Lucy from Real Mum Reviews
To decorate with love...
5. Valentine's decorations couldn't be easier with this lovely variation on the good old paper chain.
DIY Easy Peasy Valentine Garland by Jenni from The Bear and the Fox
6. This lantern looks stunning but is really quite simple to make!
Making a Decoupage Lantern for Valentine's Day by Jane from HodgePodge Days
7. There are a few ideas here, but I think my favourite are the wool wrapped hearts.
Valentine's Crafts for Kids by Sarah from Whimsical Mumblings
8. Make a beautiful window decoration using doilies!
Valentine's Day Doily Heart Window Decoration by Jenny from Midwife and Life
9. I love this paper heart wreath, the shape made by joining all the hearts together in a circle looks really pretty.
Valentine's Paper Heart Wreath by Jane from HodgePodge Days
Something different - not crafty!
10. This fun but also therapeutic activity involves blowing petals to strengthen muscles in the mouth area to help with speech development and mouth control.
Valentines Day Blows by Rebecca from Mummy Est.2014
To tickle your taste buds...
11. These chocolate hearts sound incredibly easy to make and look so gorgeous - they would make a great gift if you can resist the temptation to eat them all yourself!
Valentine's Chocolates Using an Ice Tray! by Megan from Truly Madly Kids
12. You have to try some of these healthy - and mostly sweet! - Valentine's recipes. I particularly like the sound of the raspberry peanut butter freezer bites.
Healthy Valentines Recipes Your Kids Will Love by Lucy from The Organic Cookery School
Which of these are you going to try? Let me know how you got on!
Happy crafting/making/baking/blowing Valentine's Day!