Recently I have been re-evaluating what I think of Valentine’s day. When I was growing up I was a little boy crazy, ok a lot, so the thought of having a boyfriend on Valentines day was so exciting. Before my husband though I had a boyfriend on Valentines day only once and that was in Elementary school so it doesn’t really count. So before I met my husband I spent most Valentines day ignoring the holiday because I never had someone to celebrate it with. Then I got married and finally had someone to celebrate the holiday with and we ended up not really doing anything because it turned out neither one of us really liked the holiday anyway, besides the better day is always the day after, my birthday!
Now that I am three years into my marriage and have two kids I noticed that as this holiday comes up I don’t think about what expensive gift I want to buy for my significant other but I think about how much I love my husband and my two children. This Valentines Day will be the best one yet because I have one more little one here to celebrate my love with! It really is a lot of fun to make this holiday about family and to not make it one that stresses the importance of going out for dinner and buying extravagant gifts for each other.
One way I decided to celebrate this upcoming Valentines Day with my two year old was by doing a couple heart shaped crafts with her. It is so fun to watch her learn as we did those crafts and to see how much fun she had by doing something so simple.
One of the crafts I was able to do with her was making Valentines day binoculars.
- Two Toilet Paper Rolls
- Hot Glue Gun
- Paint (any color(s))
- Paint Brushes
1. Paint the toilet paper rolls.
2. Use the other end of a paint brush to apply polka dots to the toilet paper rolls, after the base paint has dried.
3. Fold in on one side and out on the other side to make both toilet paper rolls into a heart shape.
4. Glue the toilet paper rolls together.
Now you should be able to hold them up to your eyes and see through them!
My daughter had a lot of fun looking through her very own binoculars and she loved that they were in the shape of a heart!
This was such a fun and easy craft and a great one to do with a little one just learning about Valentines Day. What a great way to spend time together with your little one, having fun while being able to start new traditions and shape their view of this holiday into a more positive one than the commercialized holiday that it has become.