Looking for candy-free alternatives for Valentine’s Day? Whether your child’s school won’t allow candy, or you’re just looking for a sugar-free way to celebrate the day, you’re sure to find the perfect valentine in this HUGE list of noncandy valentines.
Just last year, my son was OBSESSED with Daniel Tiger. He loved the shows. He had the stuffed figures, and he had the little figurines. He played with them all day. And when his third birthday came around, I was disappointed to find out that there are hardly any Daniel Tiger party supplies. I made his invitations and banners then, and tonight, I made him some Daniel Tiger valentines to give out to his little friends. And since you can’t find them in the stores, I’ll share them here with you, too.
One thing I probably spend way too much time on is creating graphics, making collages and adding text to photos. It’s honestly one of my favorite things to do, and considering that I take LOADS of pictures of my kiddo, you can imagine that it adds up to a lot of time. Lately, I’ve had a few friends ask me how I create cards, invitations and other printables, so I decided to show you how you can make your own valentines in Picmonkey.
Since it’s been too cold to venture outside much for the past couple of weeks, we’ve had to resort to good old fashioned rainy day activities to keep the little guy busy. One of our favorite activities are sensory bins. The kiddo can play with one for hours pouring, shaking, sifting, driving his trucks through the materials and feeding them to his toys. Loads of fun! Since Valentine’s Day is only a month away, I decided to go with a Valentine sensory bin.
If you’re like me, you don’t exactly look forward to holidays where people are prone to pump kids with sugar. A little candy is fun… a lot of candy makes tots go wild! We’re doing non-candy valentines for my son’s little friends this year, particularly because most of them are four years old and under. (Friends, you can thank me later.) Of course, the Dollar Tree has lots of low-cost goodies that won’t give you cavities, so here’s a printable to use with their fish stickers. These could also work for boat stickers, goldfish crackers, toy boats, or any other marine-related toy or snack.
I hope your New Year has gotten off to a great start! It seems that love is in the air now that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re already planning your perfect date night with your hubby, here are some Ah-mazing! Valentine’s drink recipes you’ll both love. And if you need to make several of these romantic drinks before Valentine’s Day to find the perfect one… who could blame you? Trying them out is part of the fun!
Ever since the holiday season started, our three-year-old has turned into a little party animal. He wants to stay up late and sleep in late–pretty much a teenager in a three-year-old’s body. So, before we get back to our normal routine, we decided to let him ring in the new year with us this year. And you can’t ring in 2015 without making a LOT of noise. Here’s an easy New Year’s Eve noisemaker using materials that you already have on hand from the holidays.
It just isn’t Christmas without a big batch of sugar cookies. Most of the year, I enjoy the traditional royal icing on my cookies, but I wanted to try something a little more festive with this batch. These peppermint-iced sugar cookies are like Christmas in your mouth! Slightly chewy (if you take them out of the oven in time), and bursting with peppermint flavor, they’re perfect with a tall, cold glass of milk.
Our son is really into musical sounds lately, so I knew that I wanted this Christmas sensory bin to include something that makes sounds. What’s more appropriate during the month of December than some good old jingle bells? So, with a little inspiration from my fellow bloggers’ peppermint sensory bins, I created this Bells, Bows and Peppermint sensory bin. It was a big hit.
The leaves are nearly gone from all the trees here, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. So I thought we’d take advantage of all the leaves in the yard (since it’s sadly too cold to jump in them) and make a craft. Here’s a traditional paper bag turkey puppet with leaves for feathers. You can easily cut out all the shapes from construction paper yourself, but if you’d like a template for the little ones to use, I’ve included one below. Just cut out the pieces and trace them onto construction paper. Older kids may just want to color the pieces themselves.