Tips for a Sweet Valentine's Day (Even With Covid)
We’ve all had to get creative during these Covid times to keep holiday traditions and activities alive while trying to keep our families safe and healthy. Here are a few ideas to make the month of February and Valentine’s Day fun and to keep everyone’s creative juices flowing!
I recently received word that due to Covid, our school district has decided not to allow the exchange of Valentines in the classrooms this year. I understood, of course, but thought, “Oh man, another fun thing the kids are missing out on.” So, I went into Mom Problem-Solving Mode and came up with an exercise not just focusing on the holiday, but also kindness.
A cousin of ours suffered a traumatic brain injury as a young woman and lives in a group home where she and her fellow residents receive around the clock care. We have been to see her before Covid, but haven’t seen her for over a year. I bought a bunch of craft supplies and told my kiddos that we were going to make homemade Valentines for all of the residents of our cousin’s home. They were excited about the idea right away and recognized that these residents could use some love this Valentine’s Day after a year of so much isolation.
To make the valentines, we used card stock, doilies, stickers, googly eyes, glue sticks, and markers—very budget-friendly and very basic supplies!
Another thing we did was to capitalize on the continued popularity of gnomes and decided to make some sweet Valentine gnomes! We made a bunch of gnomes during the Christmas season for gifts and decorations around our home. They are not hard to make and, again, consist of simple materials—fuzzy socks in shades of pink or red, rice, a rubber band, a wooden bead for the nose, faux fur for the beard, scissors, and a glue gun. I usually use a solid color sock for the base or body of the gnome and one with a fun print for the droopy hat. For the Valentine gnome, I also added a small, sparkly heart sticker to his nose for a touch of extra cuteness!
Something else I have done for Valentine’s Day the past few years is fill a re-usable cloth Valentine bag with treats and cards for my kiddos. I figured since they have baskets at Easter that they use each year, why not have a special Valentine bag that gets filled every year as well? Plus, that way I can save money on gift bags each year that end up getting wrinkled and tossed.
Finally, in the sweet treat department, I recently discovered Betty Crocker No-Bake Cookie Dough bites. They’re all the goodness of raw cookie dough without the raw egg risk. I made the chocolate brownie bites and had the kids roll them in Valentine sprinkles to make them look like little Valentine bonbons with some chocolate drizzle on top! It is a quick, delicious, and fun activity!
Happy February, mamas!