Valentine's Day

Make a Beautiful Valentine's Day Tissue Paper Wreath

February 8, 2017

Valentine's Day Tissue Paper WreathLooking for a cool kids' craft for Valentine's Day? This tissue paper wreath looks beautiful and is easy to make for all ages, with a parent's or caregiver's help. To make the tissue paper puffs clustered on the wreath, we wrapped tissue squares around our fingers, but you can also just crumple them up, too. It makes for a fun craft for a rainy day or group activity for playgroups, classes, or scouts.

To make this craft you'll need:

Valentine's Day Fun for Families in the Bay Area

February 4, 2017

Valentine's Day is coming up, and so are many fun activities for kids of all ages! Here's our guide to family Valentine's Day events in Marin and the Bay Area. Make Valentine's Day cards, have a tea party with your favorite bear, visit animal couples at the zoo, and more.

  • Teddy Bear Tea
    San Anselmo Library
    Saturday, February 4
    10:30–11:30 am
    We are “bruin” some tea so be sure to bring your best teddy bear friend to the library for our first ever Teddy Bear Tea Party! Tea, games, and crafts await you and your furry friend. Advance registration required by calling (415) 258-4656 to sign up. Location: 110 Tunstead Avenue, Council Chambers, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Craft Activity: Valentine's Day Cards
    Point Reyes Library
    Tuesday, February 7
    3:30–4:30 pm

    All are welcome to join us in the afternoon for a fun hour of making Valentines! Tea and cookies will be provided. Location: 11431 State Route 1, Point Reyes. For more info, call (415) 663-8375 or visit their website.

Four Fun and Easy Homemade Valentine's Day Cards

February 2, 2017

Butterfly valentine's day card

My kids always love to make their own unique Valentine's Day cards to give to friends and classmates every February. Here are four fun and easy card projects to make at home with common craft supplies that you probably have on hand already. We think these really beat the store-bought Valentines, since they're handmade, beautiful, and "from the heart."

Children of all ages can do most of the steps in these crafts, but grown-ups may want to help with cutting and gluing, depending on children's ages and skill levels.

Butterfly Valentines

This butterfly-shaped card that we made is designed to hold either a candy stick or a pencil, and is easy to make and decorate. We cut out the butterfly shape with scissors and decorated the card with stickers. You can embellish yours with whatever you like, such as crayons, markers, glitter, or paint. You'll need:

Make Some Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

February 2, 2017

Valentine's Day cookiesMy kids love to make these basic sugar cookies and decorate them for Valentine's Day. They are easy to make and are a fun project for a rainy day. Decorate your cookies with pink and red Valentine's sprinkles or, better yet, an artistically applied drizzle of rich dark chocolate. They look festive and taste good too.

Give as a gift wrapped in cellophane bags tied with raffia or ribbon or in a heart-shaped box. Who wouldn't be happy to get these delicious and pretty sweet treats on Valentines Day?

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (you’ll need a little more for dusting your work surface, too)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

10 Wonderful Valentine's Books for Children

January 30, 2017

My kids have always loved to go to the library and check out a big stack of books that relate to the current holiday or season. Valentine's Day of course is no exception, so here are some of our choices for great kids' books to read this week. Find them at your local library or bookstore. The links on each title take you to that book's listing on the Marin County Free Library website.

Llama Llama I Love You by Anne Dewdney
In this board book, little llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. It's a perfect introduction to Llama Llama for babies and toddlers.

Groggle's Monster Valentine by Diana Murray
Groggle has been up all night making a Valentine’s Day card. This isn’t just any Valentine, though, and it has to be perfect—it’s for Snarlina, his beast friend in the whole wide world. Will Groggle's monster impulses foil his plans? (The library doesn't have this book yet, but you can suggest it to them.)

Make Your Own Pink and Red Playdough for Valentine's Day Fun

January 19, 2017

Play doughSculpting with Play-Doh is always a favorite activity for kids, and it can be even more fun to make your own quick and easy Play-Doh style modeling clay (AKA "playdough"), especially on a rainy day. You probably have all of the ingredients sitting in your pantry right now!

We colored our latest batch pink and red for Valentine's Day projects. You can, of course, use any color you like. If you want multiple colors, it's best to make more than one batch, as you add the food coloring during the mixing stage to make sure the color is distributed evenly.

Pull out your Valentine's Day cookie cutters to make heart-shaped cutouts. Just roll out the dough and let the kids go to town with cookies cutters or by hand.

To make your own dough, get the following ingredients together:

Create Your Own Heart-shaped Crayons for Valentine's Day

January 12, 2017

DIY heart shaped crayons for Valentine's Day

Creating these beautiful DIY custom crayons is a fun craft project that everyone in the family can do. This project really takes minimal effort, so it's perfect for all ages, and the results always exceed our expectations! These make a fun and pretty gift for Valentine's Day, as well as neat party favors. They even look great as decorations around the house.

If you have kids (and you probably do if you're reading this article), you most likely already have the materials for this lying around the house, in the form of broken crayons. So the first step in this project is to round up all the old crayon bits and pieces in your house. If your home is like ours, this should not be very difficult.

Sweet Treats for Valentine's Day at Teeny Cake Bakery in Novato

February 9, 2016

Teeny Cake Valentine's DayLooking for a sweet treat for someone special this Valentine's Day? Teeny Cake, Marin's favorite cupcake bakery, is getting geared up for the big day this Sunday, February 14. All of their delicious teeny cakes will be decorated for heart-filled celebrations, and special Valentine's Day boxes with either a dozen or half-dozen cakes will be available for pre-order and pick-up on Saturday or Sunday.

Delivery is also available for a small fee (with minimum order). Pre-ordering is encouraged, as many popular flavors are expected to sell out!

Teeny Cake will also be hosting a high tea service at 11 am and 2 pm on Sunday, February 14. Reservations are required—spots are filling up quickly, so call soon to reserve your spot. Tea service includes a selection of loose-leaf tea, an organic fresh fruit scone, clotted cream and jam, assorted finger sandwiches and hand-made sweets. The high tea costs $40 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under, including tax and gratuity.

Valentine's Day Recipe: The Chocolate Rocket

February 12, 2015

chocolate rocketMarin Mommies presents a guest article by Jennifer Tyler Lee, author of The 52 New Foods Challenge, with a kid-friendly recipe that's perfect for a Valentine's Day treat.

This sweet treat was such a surprise at our family table. Like Catherine, I was skeptical that I would like the taste of avocado in a pudding. But the texture was so smooth and the combination of flavors so delicious that it won us over. Just remember not to sneak in any ingredients. Have your kids make this recipe, so they know what’s in the food they’re eating.

Tip: I use the Vitamix 750 for this recipe. You can easily double the volume to accommodate more people. It will taste better chilled, but it is not required.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients

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