Valentine’s Day. I’m not a fan. It might seem strange for a romantic fiction fan (and would-be writer of that genre) not to like what is supposed to be the most romantic day of the year but perhaps that’s the problem – I don’t think it is a day for romance.
Last year I wrote about why I don’t enjoy it but how I’d decided that, as it seems almost impossible to ignore, I was going to teach Freya that the day didn’t just have to be about romantic love but all kinds of love. And that we should try and share that love and spread a little happiness.
And nothing says I love you like toddler crafts.
We went into production reasonably early with heart footprints and used our entire supply of glue to stick them on pretty card. We will send them to various family members in this country and one has even gone across the pond to my nephew in America.
We also had a first go at salt dough.
We used a cup of flour, a cup of salt and half a cup of warm water with some red food dye and it made a really nice, easy to use dough.
Once they were moulded into shape I put them in the oven while I was cooking her dinner but I forgot about them while I was feeding her so they were in for about an hour and the smaller ones went a bit brown. I think you can air dry them overnight, which I will try next time. I have big plans for salt dough at Christmas (oops, shouldn’t mention that in February!).
The thing I like most about crafting with a toddler is that you can blame the poor quality of whatever you make entirely on the child. It’s very freeing if you’re a bit rubbish at things, like me. I’ve got a long list, thanks to Pinterest, I want to try.
What about you, are you a lover of Valentine’s Day? Am I missing the point? What are your plans?