Sharing the fun of Valentine’s Day

To us, February always seems like a needed break in what can feel like a long winter season. With the warmth of Valentine’s Day and the promise of spring right around the corner, it’s a cozy month just made for family crafts, good songs, and easy-going treats.

“It’s You I Like” from Mr. Rogers is a perfect song for starting off Valentine season and celebrating what makes those we love special. We’ve also included the lyrics below.

 

It’s you I like,
It’s not the things you wear,
It’s not the way you do your hair
But it’s you I like
The way you are right now,
The way down deep inside you
Not the things that hide you,
Not your toys
They’re just beside you.

But it’s you I like
Every part of you.
Your skin, your eyes, your feelings
Whether old or new.
I hope that you’ll remember
Even when you’re feeling blue
That it’s you I like,
It’s you yourself
It’s you.
It’s you I like.

Speaking of Mr. Rogers, his dear friend Daniel Tiger has a festive, healthy, and easy-to-make recipe. These heart apple chips give everyone a chance to help in the kitchen and require minimal ingredients and steps. Make them for your family or leave them on your neighbor’s doorstep as a gift- or both!

To get started, you’ll need apples, small heart-shaped cookie cutters, a baking sheet (or two) and knives (adult use only). Lemon juice and parchment paper are optional.

photo credit: pbs.org
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees
  2. Slice the apples into very thin circular shapes
  3. Let the kids press the heart-shaped cookie cutters into the center of each apple circle
  4. Save the center pieces that don’t have too many seeds as these can be baked too. Make sure to keep an eye on them, they may not need to stay in the oven for the recommended baking time.
  5. If you have lemon, go ahead and dip the slices in it to prevent browning
  6. Lay the slices on the parchment paper covered cookie sheet and bake for one hour and ten minutes
  7. Let them cool, then enjoy!

 

QSSB partner Child Care Resource Center came up with an excellent list of crafts everyone can make together. For art worthy of the fridge and one that works on fine motor skills, start with the love for lace activity. You will need string or ribbon, paper, and markers, and scissors.

  1. Draw a large heart shape on the paper. Feel free to color in the heart or draw a picture with the markers, then cut it out.
  2. Punch holes around the edges, or let your little ones get as creative as they’d like and punch their own pattern.
  3. Thread the ribbon or string through the holes to connect all the hole punches. Tie the end of the ribbon off and display proudly.

Make sure to visit CCRC’s blog to learn how to build a personalized card box, make heart designs with everyday items like foil and more. Find all their ideas here!

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend, may it be an especially cozy and crafty one!

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