Holiday Activities

For Kids the Best Valentine is Together Play Time

To a child, love is spelled T.I.M. E. For kids, the best valentine is together play time. Today’s play-of-the-day is suggestions for doing just that.

best valentine is together play time

At the very start of the day, even before breakfast, how about a pajama snuggle. If the day isn’t too rushed, instead of a bedtime story, find a favorite book for a wake-up story. Once in the kitchen, is there a way to do some cooking together? Kids can sprinkle a few red berries on cereal for everyone, or make a yogurt and granola surprise to put on the breakfast table.

best valentine is together play time

Find all the red tools to draw with. These can be crayons, markers, ballpoint pens, pencil crayons, and whatever else you may have. Set out a big piece of paper and let each person draw and color. Even if everybody is doing something different, the various red colors will show up all over the paper and it will look connected.

drawing fun for kids

Dress for the weather and spend some time outside. This could be as simple as a walk, or some time in a neighborhood playground or kicking a ball in the yard. A local park is another possibility for some outside together play time.

family walk around the block

Got any puzzles with lots of pieces? Putting a puzzle together is another together activity. If there isn’t enough room for everybody around the table, spread the pieces and the bodies out on the floor for more space.

puzzle fun

Speaking of the floor, can you push some of the furniture out of the way and clear a space for dancing? Maybe each person could choose a favorite song to dance to. Try a dance moves video for more movin’ and groovin’ play. Add voices to the fun by singing too.

dancing&learningThese are only a few suggestions for ways to play. Hopefully, they will inspire some ideas for your family. The best valentine is together play time. Do you know some other activities?
Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Kids Easy Valentine Cards – Simple and Fun To Do

There are countless valentines kids can buy but somehow making their own is special. Just use torn paper and glue for these kids easy valentine cards.

kids easy valentine cards

Valentine cards often include a play on words or catchy saying. A quick search on Google and Pinterest finds more than a hundred clever ones. For this project, kids can choose, “I go to pieces for you,” or, “I love you to pieces,” or even, “I love you to bits.” All of these use pieces of paper.

What could be easier than tearing paper into little pieces? Round up left-over wrapping paper, tissue paper, and pages from newspapers and magazines. Any kind of paper will do, as long as little hands can rip it. Putting the bits of paper into a small container will keep them from altogether. Little Sister is keen on cutting so tried that, but it was hard to go through all the wrinkles. Ripping still exercises small muscles.kids easy valentine cards

There are many options for creating the cards. You can trace a heart on a large piece of paper and kids can glue within the outline or cut it out and glue the bits on that. The easiest way to spread glue is with a glue stick or paint brush dipped in glue. Kids then stick the pieces on the glue part wherever they want . Some kids will only do a few bits of paper while others will want to cover the whole area and more. The bits can be flat or sticking up. Once dry, adults can print the saying on the card. Leave a space for kids to print their name. Some might need adults to make the lines for them to trace.

Making valentines is a meaningful activity on more than one level. It’s obvious to grown-ups that print tells a message but it isn’t for kids. Valentine cards both say and show the message. In addition to that, giving a valentine to someone is a way to celebrate our connection to each other. Now, that’s a lot of pieces. Do you have other ideas for kids easy valentine cards?

 

Kids Valentine Movement Activities – Kids Love to Move!

Q. What do kids love? A. They love to move.
valentine movement gameIt’s needed to grow both bodies and minds. Here are some ideas for kids valentine movement activities.

Kids seem to have more energy than grownups and directing it can be a challenge. This is a sort of question and answer game using all the different ways that animals move.. Adults ask the question, and kids do the actions.

Q. What do kangaroos love? A. They love to jump.
Kids get to jump all around. When they’ve had enough jumping, ask some other questions.

Q. What do fish love? A. They love to swim.
Of course, kids can wiggle around the floor as they swim.

Q. What do bunnies love? A. They love hopping.
Hop, hop, hop, little bunnies.

Q. What do birds love? A. They love to fly around.
Q. What do horses love? A. They love to gallop.

This next one is really useful:
Q. What do dogs love? A. They love to fetch.
Open the lid to the toybox and have the kids ‘fetch’ the toys on the floor.

If it seems time for a quiet break, try cats:
Q. What do cats love? A. They love to sit and lick their paws and then stretch out and have a nap, zzzzz.

Instead of just animals, use machines for turning chores into fun.

Q. What do vacuums love? A. They love to vacuum the floor.

Q. What do washing machines love. A. They love to clean dirty clothes.
Round up the laundry and pop it in.

Q. What do sinks and dishwashers love? A. They love soapy water to do the dishes.

Q. What do ovens love? A. They love to bake a batch of cookies.

This is the best one and you can use it often: Q. What do I love? A. HUGS. Lots and lots of hugs!

Q. Are these kids valentine movement activities fun for you and your child?

 

Kids Chinese New Year Painting Craft – (X Marks the Spot)

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New Year’s Eve Jar Filled with Happy Joy – A Fun Tradition for Families

Did your family make a happy joy jar for the year? These are jars filled with ticket stubs, bits of paper from events, photos printed from activities, etc. Then, on New Year’s Eve, the family takes some time to look at all the fun that happened in the year. We’re still not really good about … Continue reading New Year’s Eve Jar Filled with Happy Joy – A Fun Tradition for Families

Kids Need Different Kinds of Play: What kind does your child need?

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Play-of-the-Day: Holiday Outside Play Time

Some lucky kids and families get time for winter play. Did your kids get any outside toys? It might be a great day for holiday outside play time. Dress for the weather and head outdoors to try out those skis, skates, sleighs, toboggans, wagons and bikes. Holiday time plus winter usually means more time indoors, … Continue reading Play-of-the-Day: Holiday Outside Play Time

Fun Ways Kids Can Say Thank You After Christmas

We’re almost back to regular day routine, but before it gets forgotten, there’s one detail. Here are some fun ways kids can say thank you after Christmas. In the midst of all the excitement, we need to pause and say thank you. Kids are not too young and there’s more than one way to express … Continue reading Fun Ways Kids Can Say Thank You After Christmas