It’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day. And while the romantic holiday brings to mind roses, bubble baths, champagne, and all the other heart-shaped ephemera, think a little less romantic.
The holiday—a purported invention of, ahem, that other greeting card company—offers the perfect opportunity to provide sweet treats and other saccharine-y sentiments for your littlest loves—sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, or family friends.
So why not create a Valentine’s Day to remember for them?
In my house, I have a 4-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son. At their ages, nothing delights them more than the opportunity to celebrate.
Read on for a celebration filled with sweet treats … and a little PAPYRUS.
Create a Swoon-Worthy Breakfast
What’s better than pancakes? Heart-shaped pancakes sprinkled with powdered sugar! Grab metal heart-shaped cookie cutters, spray them with Pam (or grease them well with butter) and pour in your pancake batter. I use this simple Fluffy Pancakes recipe from AllRecipes.com. Arrange on a plate with cut-up strawberries and use a sifter to cover them with powdered sugar.
Few things delight my daughter more than the color pink (and princesses). For pink milk, add a drop of food coloring and stir. Or, add some additional sugar to their systems by mixing in pink strawberry Nesquik.
Send them Some Lunch Love
If you pack them a lunch or snack for school, add a little love note to the lunch. For non-readers, I like to decorate a brown paper sack with markers, stickers, and the occasional touch of glitter (the glitter is mainly retaliation to the preschool teachers who love to send home glitter artwork).
Create a Craft
Little hands love little crafts. Our Love Hearts Beading Set allow you to string necklaces and bracelets with colorful wooden beads and ribbon.
Give them a Sweet Keepsake Gift
Sure, they’ll come home from school with all sorts of sugar-laden candy—Sweetarts, Blow Pops, Smarties, candy hearts. But why not surprise them with a little Valentine’s gift they’ll treasure long past February 14?
PAPYRUS’ handcrafted wooden musical boxes fit the whimsy bill. This Rabbit & Heart Wooden Music Box is a true collectible that will grow with the child. A pair of bunnies meet beneath a heart-shaped arbor of leaves while “Beautiful Dreamer” plays from the box.
Give the Gift of a Card
And, of course, you’ll want to pick the perfect card. The Snail Puzzle Card features die-cut puzzle pieces for some family-friendly fun. We also love the Bee My Valentine Card featuring a whimsical polka dot design.
Or, go more sentimental with a son- or daughter-specific card, like this handmade “You Are Smart, Funny, Talented” Valentine card for a son, which features fun lettering and unique tip-ons.