Five Valentine Treats for Kids

Most kids love to spend time in the kitchen. Why not foster their love of cooking and baking with a few treats for Valentine’s Day! Here are five treat ideas that are easy and simple enough for kids to make with proper supervision.

1. Baking is the easiest part of cooking for kids to learn.

Make scrumptious cookies for the family or the school class for Valentine’s Day. The cookies can be simple sugar cookies. Use cookie cutters to cut them in the shape of hearts. Round cookies can be decorated with hearts using a pastry bag and a small tip for writing. Add a bit of red food coloring to white icing to create pink for the cookies.

2. What about chocolate desserts?

Kids can make chocolate truffles. The chocolate candies can be rolled in powdered sugar, cocoa, nuts, or chocolate sprinkles to complete the tasty treats. The finished candies can be packed in a heart-shaped candy tin on top of waxed paper. School teachers would love this treat from one of their students.

3. Melted chocolate can also be used to make chocolate lollipops.

Using a mold and lollipop sticks, the chocolate can be melted into heart shapes. Once the candy is cool and firm, the lollipops can be wrapped with clear wrap and a ribbon tied to the stick. Kids can put these lollipops into gift baskets for their siblings on Valentine’s Day.

4. My kids learned to cook by making breakfast.

Surprise the family with a breakfast created by the younger members of the family. Heart-shaped pancakes can be made with a mold in the frying pan or on the griddle. Omelets in the shape of love can be created using the same mold. If Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday, kids can plan their Valentine’s Day breakfast for the Sunday before the day so that everyone can relax and enjoy the breakfast.

5. A Valentine’s Day cake would make a sweet treat for after dinner.

Kids can create a series of small cakes using individual mold pans or one cake. A round cake can be used and a stencil cut to shape the cake into a heart after it is baked. Let the kids mix the ingredients together and spread icing on the cooled cakes. As an extra touch, they can write the name of each family member including themselves on the cakes.

Why not invite other family members over for the treats that the kids create! Kids love having an audience of taste testers for their work. They will likely want to spend more holidays creating good food in the kitchen if they receive positive reinforcement.

All sorts of treats can be made by kids. Give them a sampling of recipes and let them choose the ones they want to make. Plan your strategy at least a week in advance so that there is time to gather all of the ingredients.

Valentine’s Day treats are a way for kids to share in the giving of the day. They may not have money to buy gifts for others but they can use their hands to mold candies and other foods for the family members to enjoy. Try these ideas for Valentine’s Day treats, or try some of your own.

Valentine’s Day Party Checklist

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning the perfect Valentine’s Day party. Here is a checklist to help get you started:

Valentines Day Punch

Here is an easy Valentine’s Day Party Punch:

Note: You can buy heart ice cube trays in several cookware stores or online. Use these trays to make heart-shaped ice cubes and add cubes to punch.

  • 3 (3oz) packages of strawberry flavor gelatin
  • 9 cups water
  • 2 (26oz) cans pineapple juice
  • 4 (2 liter) bottles ginger ale

In a large bowl mix together the gelatine and the water. Stir in the juice and mix well. Pour mixture into three 1-gallon size freezer bags. When you’re ready to make the punch, remove a portion of frozen punch from freezer bag and place in punch bowl. Pour over one bottle of ginger ale and mix until slushy.

Cake and Ice Cream

Here is a yummy Valentine’s Day Cake recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 1 package strawberry gelatine
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two 8-inch square baking pans. Combine cake mix and gelatin in large mixing bowl. Add eggs, oil, water and half of the strawberries. Beat on for a few minutes until well blended.

Divide batter evenly and pour batter into baking pans. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until golden and baked through. Cool for 5 minutes in pans before turning over to wire racks to cool completely.

Top with remaining sliced strawberries and dust with powdered sugar.

Plates, Napkins, Plastic Forks and Spoons

Make sure you have paper plates and bowls for the cake, ice cream, and snacks. Having paper products will help make clean up a snap.

Snacks

Yummy snacks like trail mix, chips and dip, cut up carrots and celery with dip, fruit and dip etc. Make for easy preparation and cleanup. Creating yummy turkey and ham sandwiches and cutting them into squares also make for an easy finger food.

Crafts

Along with making paper hearts and other Valentine’s Day crafts you can also make this easy craft, it is great for Valentine’s Day and also can be used for decorating for the upcoming spring season:

Tissue Paper Flowers

  • Tissue paper in one or more colors
  • Scissors
  • Chenille stems or florist wire

Instructions

1. Stack eight pieces of unfolded tissue paper on top of one another, and cut them in half.

2. Take one stack of the tissue paper and fold one of the shorter edges down ½ to 1 inch from the edge. Make another fold the same size, but fold it back. Continue to make accordion-style folds until you’ve reached the other edge.

3. Use the scissors to round each end of the folded tissue paper. If you like, you can also cut a slit in the middle of each end.

4. Wrap a chenille stem or piece of floral wire around the center of the folded tissue paper, and twist to hold it together.

5. Very carefully, separate the layers of tissue from the ends to the center. Fluff as needed. Arrange some of your tissue paper flowers in a vase, glue them to a grapevine wreath, or use them to create a pretty centerpiece.

Streamers and Decorations

The best part of Valentine’s Day are the pretty red and pink decorations. Streamers, cut up hearts, and lots of heart confetti are sure to make the place stand out!

Games

You can find a list of fun Valentine’s Day games here, here, and here.

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Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

Kids like to create things. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to let them get creative. Here are some ideas to get them started.

If there are girls in your child’s class, jewelry is a good craft.

Stores sell kits to create bracelets, necklaces and rings. Your kids can visit a craft store and choose their own necklace material and the beads to go on them. In keeping with the theme of the day, they can choose heart-shaped beads in various colors and a necklace material that is suitable for school age little girls. Create one necklace yourself so that they can see how it is done. Matching bracelets can be made using the same beads.

Candy is still the most popular thing to use for crafts.

Instead of beads, use candy to create bracelets for boys in the class. Candy pieces can be strung over a piece of string. It’ll look nice at first and the boys can nibble on the candy throughout the day, kind of like a snack on the go.

Valentine’s Day crafts can be created for family members.

If grandma is into flowers, kids can give them a flower pot with seeds and a little bag of potting soil. Using paints, kids can decorate the pots in Valentine’s Day fashion.

Instead of buying packs of Valentine’s Day cards, let the kids use a card program and make their own for other members of the family. They can add whatever they want to the card. Some cards come blank for the kids to write what they want or with cute sayings already inside.

Kids can make Valentine’s Day decorations for the house to put everyone in the mood to express their love.

Using a piece of string, construction paper, scissors and glue, they can create a banner to be hung in the kitchen or anywhere in the house. Each paper heart can contain one letter in the words “Valentine’s Day”.

Make arrows for the boys so that they can pretend to be Cupid. Instead of metal, use wooden skewers as the arrow. Styrofoam pieces in the shape of hearts can be painted red and stuck on the end of the skewer. Pieces of ribbon can be glued to the other end to act as feathers on the arrow. To create a quiver for the arrows, use an empty cereal box.

Your child can make a Valentine’s Day box for each child to hold their precious cards.

The boxes can be purchased at a dollar store. If the boxes are not already decorated for the occasion, kids can use markers or paint to add hearts to the box. Write each child’s name on the outside of the box. A piece or candy can be added to the box so that the kids don’t open it and find it empty.

Valentine’s Day is fun for kids. They get to have a good time making crafts for others and enjoying gifts given to them.