We are kicking off Valentine's Day (month) with a fantastic giveaway and three simple ways to spread love and kindness within your own community this month. I've teamed up with Primary, Ooly, and Smarties Candy to bring you easy, fun activities to do as a family this month. Make sure to head over to my Instagram Feed to for a chance to win a mega-prize from these three brnads!
SURPRISE SOMEONE WITH A HOMEMADE CARD
The children and I used markers, stickers and paint sticks from @weareooly to make simple valentine cards for people in our community. Here's how we did it...
I invited the children to think of a person in our community (school, neighborhood, town) that could use a little kindness this month. We had a meaningful discussion about who might need a little extra kindness and why. I was so happy to hear my older two children (8 and 10) talk to one another about people in their schools who are so helpful, but rarely get thanked or recognized. They talked for a while about who they would each choose. Nate decided on his school art teacher and the P.E. teacher. Ruby decided to make a card for everyone on our street because she thinks everyone contributes to all the fun we have playing outside together. My little one (4) didn’t really grasp the concept, but she delighted in making Valentine cards for her friends! When the cards were complete, Ruby loved sneaking her cards into mailboxes up and down our street.
VALENTINE COOKIES FOR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS
Later in the week, we made Valentine Cookies. In an effort to keep things very simple, I purchased premade cookie dough (no shame in my baking game) and baked some heart shaped cookies while the kids were at school. I colored some white, store-bought frosting with food coloring and set out some little Valentine candies. This activity was about gathering to make something for friends and neighbors, and I didn't want to burn myself out by making cookies from scratch, or by baking with the kids. I like to remake everything and have it ready to go because simple activities make for a more relaxed experience. The children arrived home from school to find the table set with frosting cookies and candies. They were ecstatic! They chomped on cookies, decorated some, and chatted about their day.
When our cookies were ready to go, we popped them on some festive trays , bundled up, and the children rang doorbells and passed out cookies to brighten the day of our neighbors. It was REALLY fun! It was also REALLY easy.
RANDOM ACTS OF SWEETNESS
Next up? We left messages of kindness and LOVE in the form of candy... Smarties Candy!! The lovely folks over at Smarties gave us tons of beautiful Valentine candy to leave on doorsteps, in mailboxes and on windshields all over town. The kids had an awesome time munching on Smarties and writing little messages. The best part? Sneaking around leaving treats. As they fell asleep last night, they were all giggles as they thought about how people felt when they discovered candies on their windshields.
There you have it, three easy ways to celebrate Valentine's Day while spending time together and brightening the days of those in your community. How will your family celebrate this year?
This post was sponsored by Primary, Ooly and Smarties. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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