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Fun & Stylish Ways to Celebrate Valentines with Your Kids

We never need an excuse to celebrate love for, and with, our kids. But Valentines is a fab time to go all out and make a fuss over family and friendships. Here’s how to do this Valentines in style, while having lots of fun with your little Hotdogs:

Quick and easy Valentines Crafts

Heart Shape Pop Up Cards

Gift cards - Encourage mark making with your preschoolers and help your older kids make love notes for their friends with these easy pop-out heart Valentines cards.  

Noughts and crosses coloured paper garland craft as featured on Little Hotdog Watson blog

Hugs and kisses garland - Who said paper chains were just for Christmas? Make a x-o-x-o garland by cutting out naught and crosses and having your kids help you stick them together with glue or tape. 

Noughts and crosses patterned craft table cloth as featured on Little Hotdog Watson blog

DIY XOXO table cloth - We love the look of this simple and modern valentine’s tablecloth in monochrome. All you need to do is grab a white tablecloth and black paint or a sharpie. (via PopSugar 

Craft Paper Heart Shape Hanging Decs

DIY heart details - Add a touch of playful romance to anywhere in your house with these sweet hanging paper hearts. Hang on picture frame corners, over plants, doorknobs - anywhere. You could cut and fold some while you’re watching Netflix and surprise your kids with an explosion of hearts or get them involved! 

(via The House That Lars Built)

Valentines Style File

Bright Pink Patent Kid's Doc Martens

Dr Martens Infant 1460 Patent BootsWhether they’re heading to a school disco or off on city explorations with you, these patent hot pink boots from Dr Martens will put a spring in their step this Valentine’s day. A bold choice for girls and boys. 

Pink and Grey patterned socks for kids as featured on Little Hotdog Watson blog

Raspberry plum socksLayer up with love. How lovely are these pink, red and silver over the knee socks with heart and starburst detail?  

Boy wearing Pink and Blue and Green patterned Trucker hat by Little Hotdog Watson

LHW pink hat - For a pop of gender-neutral pink and bags of warmth, don’t forget our Arctic Cub Kids Winter Hat in Tiger Pink this valentines. Perfect for cold afternoon strolls hand in hand. 

Blue Denim Shirt with Embroidered Heart and Peace Sign on Pocket for Kids

Blue denim shirt - Help your Little Hotdogs Channel peace and love with this brilliant blue denim shirt from Stella McCartney, featuring embroidered heart and peace sign.  

Children wearing pink lounge sweater with red hearts

KIP AND CO SweatshirtLook at this perfect loungewear for cuddles on the sofa. Made from 95% Organic Cotton and 5% Elastane. Available from baby sizes. 

Kids valentines’ disco in the diary? You might like our blog on party brands here. 

Fun Food Ideas

Pink Milk with Cereal

Pink milk breakfast treat - Start the day with a one-off, pink milk on their cereal! Blend frozen raspberries with your milk of choice for this yummy treat. Via HeyEep. 

Heart Shaped Toast with Fried Eggs for Valentine's

Valentines heart eggs - Another fun breakfast or lunch choice, heart shaped eggs! You’ll need a heart shaped cookie cutter or patience and a steady hand - follow this recipe here. 

Beetroot Pink Fusilli Pasta Dish

Beetroot pastaFor the kids Valentines dinner, how about pink pasta using roasted beetroots? Recipe here. 

Family fun outdoors this Valentines

Valentine's theme rock painting craft activity as featured on little hotdog watson blog

Valentines rock painting - Rock painting is a fun and mindful activity anytime of the year. Give it a go with these simple heart stones. Add messages of love you that your kids can hide around nearby parks/forest/walks for others to find and enjoy. Via The Inspiration Edit 

Outdoor valentine scavenger hunts - Get them running about with a valentine’s scavenger hunt. Hide little love notes outdoors with clues on where to find the next one and have them find them as quickly as possible! 

Heart spotting in nature - For a mindful twist to your Valentines walk, challenge your Hotdogs to find as many hearts in nature as possible. Where will you find them? Dried leaves, twists in bark, shaped sticks... To extend the activity, take a photo of each one so you can enjoy looking back together later. 

Read our play ideas blog for more outdoor games to play with your children that you can join in with too! 

Plus, don’t forget to just declare your love this Valentines! Telling people how and why you care is the simplest way to make your love known. How about getting each member of the family to write down on reason they love the others? Write these down on a piece of paper they can keep as a lovely reminder of why they’re special. 

If you’re looking for fun Valentine’s day date ideas for grown-ups have a look at the wonderful date idea sets from fellow small biz A Year of Dates 

 

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