Valentine’s Day

 Valentines can be a special time of year not only for partners but for children as well. I fondly remember the efforts my mum went through to make February 14th an extra special day for the family. She would get out a red tablecloth and decorate the dinner table in fancy red candles and shiny heart cutouts, accompanied with some sweet treats for dessert, usually included were the token Valentines Day Cinnamon Hearts. Mmmm!

Keeping with the Cinnamon Hearts theme, here are some fun Valentines Day activities you can try with your children or perhaps the children that you nanny.

X’s and O’s Cupcakes – Martha Stewart

Make a batch of regular cup cakes, these can always be baked ahead of time and kept frozen until decorating time. When cool, slather white icing onto the cupcakes and decorate using Cinnamon hearts. Place the candies in the frosting in the shapes of X’s and O’s or shaped like a heart.

 

Cinnamon Candy Cider – Martha Stewart

Stir in 1 quart of apply cider and ¼ cup hard cinnamon candies in a medium saucepan over low heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, until heated through and candies have melted completely, about 8 minutes. Serve warm.

Cinnamon Sweetie Pie Craft

What you’ll need:

  • Printed Sweetie Pie Template*
  • 3-4 Muffin cups (any kind will do, we used metallic)
  • Light Brown felt
  • Rubber band or string
  • Cinnamon hearts or Jelly Beans or other small candy
  •  Sandwich baggie and twist tie
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A small piece of red construction paper or craft foam
  • Black marker

How to make:

  1. Make sure your 3 muffin cups are stacked inside each other (one cup is not sturdy enough to hold the felt and candy). Cut about ½” from around the top of your muffin cups.
  2. Cut out the printed template and trace it onto a piece of light brown felt.
  3. Cut out the pie shape from the felt. The easiest way to cut out the ovals around the pie is to fold the felt slightly, make a slit, and then cut out each oval.
  4. Fill a baggie with ⅓ cup of Jelly Beans or other small candy. Secure with a twist tie.
  5. Place your baggie in the middle of the felt circle. If you traced with marker/pen make sure this side is facing up and make sure the twist tie is facing up as well (when you turn it around it will all be hidden underneath).
  6. Wrap felt around the candy and secure at the top by wrapping around a rubber band or some string.
  7. Turn your pie over and place it into the muffin cups. If you want you can put some glue inside the muffin cups to secure the pie inside it’s shell. Cut out a small heart from paper or craft foam; write “Sweetie Pie” on the paper and glue it to the top of the pie.

You could also place the finished pie into a baggie and tie on a cute gift ribbon and gift tag!

Full instructions can be found at the link below

http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Sweetie-Pie.html

 

Jennifer Kelly with love to my mummie on Valentines Day! Xo