Chocolate, Sweetheart lollies, flowers, heart-shaped everything, and corny hand-written cards. Love is in the air! It's nice to remind your loved ones you care about them with sweet gifts--and we know the best gifts come from the heart and are DIY! Valentine’s day is upon us, and it’s the perfect opportunity to have a little crafty fun at home with your kids. Here’s a few tasty treats, and sweet hand-made crafts you and your kids will love making and gifting together.
Chocolate Dipped Fruit!
Covering fruit in decadent chocolate is as much fun to make as it is to look at, and even more fun to eat! Bonus: It's as easy as it sounds to make.
- Chocolate chips (if you’re feeling fancy, get white chocolate as well)
- Fruit (Strawberry and bananas are a classic but kiwi, pineapples, and mandarin oranges are also delicious dipped in chocolate)
- Get creative: crushed almonds, sprinkles, and shredded coconut make for tasty and decorative accents for your treats or you can attempt to draw your favourite anime character on a cute little strawberry like I did here (can you guess who this character is?)
- Wash and dry fruit to prepare them for chocolatey goodness (make sure the fruit is thoroughly dried or else the chocolate won’t stick). This is an easy step the kids can do.
- The supervised adult will have to do melting duties.
- If you don’t have a double boiler, a glass bowl that fits over a pot half filled with boiling water will do the trick to slowly melt down the chocolate. Here’s a makeshift double boiler tutorial.
- Once the chocolate is melted, carefully remove from the pot and place on a coaster to protect any surfaces from being burnt.
- Use a spoon to coat your fruit, or you can skewer them and dip them into the chocolate bowl.
- Lay them out to dry on a baking tray lined with wax paper and let them cool in the fridge until the chocolate solidifies.
Breakfast in Bed
"All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast." Valentine's day breakfast in bed is one of the best ways to start the day with your loves! Turn a simple pancake recipe into a Valentine's day treat with a simple trick.
- Get your favourite pancake recipe ready. We love this classic fluffy pancake.
- Up-cycle an old condiment bottle, or purchase one at your local reject shop and pour the batter into the bottle
- On medium heat, pour or “draw” your pancake batter onto the non-stick skillet into the shape of a heart or let your imagination take it from here.
- Decorate your heart shaped pancakes and serve with love with your valentine's favourite morning beverage.
- Here’s a video tutorial on fun shapes you and your child can make with this pancake squeeze bottle method.
DIY Valentine's Day Cards
The Wall Street Journal posted this article on the lost art of the handwritten note. The act of physically writing down your feelings is important for understanding ourselves and has an undeniably raw ability to send a genuine sentiment to a loved one. You and your kids can bring back the art of handwriting sentiments and spread the love with the simplest DIY! All you really need for this DIY is paper, markers, your imagination and maybe stickers!
We love this sewn heart card from Pinterest.
You will need:
- Different coloured embroidery thread. If you use a thick enough yarn, this DIY will be needle free
- A Needle (use a plastic needle)
- Have the adult poke out the holes in the shape desired
- Thread the needle with a knot at the end thick enough, so that the thread does not pass through the first hole
- Carry the thread or yarn across the shape back and fourth for desired pattern.