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5 Kid Friendly Ideas for the Single Parent’s Valentine’s Day

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Here are some ideas for the single Parents Valentine’s Day to create a special time with your kids.

Many single parents don’t relish the idea of Valentine’s Day because it can feel pretty lonely, but perhaps the trick is to change the perception.

It’s a holiday about love, and for parents there is no greater love than that they feel for their children.

Teach them a game or skill

Perhaps you’re really good at gin rummy, or can fix just about anything that breaks.

You can teach your teen to change the oil in the car or your younger child to cross stitch.

Tackle a bunch of skills all at once, or commit to one big project.

Ideas can come from anywhere; maybe your kids have seen you under the sink working on the pipes a dozen times, and you can show them how it all works in a less frustrating setting.

Just about any seemingly basic household or life skill can be a valuable lesson, and passing on that kind of special knowledge is a wonderful way to bond as a family.

These are just a few of the Ideas for the Single Parent’s Valentine’s Day.

Reverse roles: have your kids teach you something

Perhaps you have a daughter who’s a star basketball player, or a debate champion for a son.

Or maybe your child just really loves a certain book or video game.

Find something they’re passionate about and ask them to teach you about it. If it’s a video game, ask them to teach you to play.

If it’s a movie, watch together. Ask questions and try to appreciate it in the same way that they do.

It’s important to show a genuine interest in the things your kids love — especially if it’s not something you’re familiar with.

Get creative with a craft

There are endless Valentine’s Day projects or love-themed crafts you can devote your afternoon or evening to.

It can be as simple as making DIY Fortune Cookie Valentines Day Crafts or bake some Valentine’s Cupcakes with Chocolate Hearts.

Encourage your kids to be creative and celebrate their efforts throughout the project.

Write and perform a play

Brainstorm a plot idea, whether it’s a brave knight battling a dragon or the story of Robin Hood.

You can even try creating a sequel to one of your kids’ favorite movies!

Write out a short play, throw together costumes with whatever’s around the house — the more creative, the better! — and then put on a performance.

You can even set up a tripod to capture the play on film to watch later.

Keep the whole experience light, and encourage your children to laugh past any “mistakes.”

The less pressure they feel, the more they’ll have fun and express themselves.

Head to a local sporting event

Depending on where you are you might be able to catch a local high school basketball or volleyball game, but any sport will do.

There might be a nearby indoor football or soccer arena, or perhaps you know someone who plays in a rec league.

Most kids can easily get on-board with cheering for the “home” team, and the excitement from actually being at a game is contagious.

You might even discover you want to start going to games regularly!

Celebrating the love you have for your kids is a rewarding way to spend your Valentine’s Day, especially if this year is particularly tough.

If you are looking for gift idea’s for your Valentine – Valentine Gift Ideas for Her and Valentines Day Gifts for Him.

Consider these Ideas for the Single Parent’s Valentine’s Day to have a uniquely happy holiday!

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Toddler DIY – Kid Friendly Christmas Crafts

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Welcome to the holidays, time for Kid Friendly Christmas Crafts.

Only this year, I have a toddler trying to help.

I went searching for kid friendly Christmas crafts and this is what I found.

I found the cutest ornament on Pinterest, so I figured I would give it a shot.

While I am putting the final result on my tree, this is totally a Pinterest fail.

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DIY Polish Star Christmas Ornaments

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My mother-in-law posted a link on Facebook the other day detailing how to make something called Polish Star Ornaments.

I watched the video and immediately fell in love with these easy, yet beautiful ornaments and thought how wonderful they would look on my Christmas tree.

Tradition of the Polish Star

In the Polish tradition of celebrating Christmas, the star has special significance.

On Christmas Eve the first star of the night is named “Gwiazda,” meaning “little star,” in remembrance of the Star of Bethlehem.

At the moment it appears, greetings and good wishes are exchanged.

Families then partake of the Christmas supper, “Wigilia,” the most carefully planned meal of the year.

Polish Star Ornaments

You will need the following supplies to make your Polish Star Christmas Ornaments:

  • A pen or pencil (to form the points)
  • Something sharp to poke a hole through the center of each piece of paper, I used a sewing needle, a toothpick would work too. If you use a compass to draw your circles, you can use that to poke a hole through the circles of paper.
  • Scissors
  • White Glue (to glue the points)
  • Jewelry Cord (to hold the pieces together, string, twine, ribbon etc. can also be used)
  • 2 Jewelry spacing beads, sequins, etc. (to keep the cord on both ends taught)
  • 5 Sheets of 8.5 x 11 Paper (scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, printer paper, brown shipping paper etc.)
  • A Compass or object you can use to draw around about 4″ wide, I used a cardboard ribbon spool
  • A Compass or object you can use to draw around about 1″ wide, I used a nickel

Instructions:

1.  Use a 3″ – 4″ circle (I used a cardboard ribbon spool that is roughly 3.5″) and draw 4 circles onto a piece of paper. Next, use your .09″ – 1″ circle (I used a nickel) and draw the inner circle in the middle of the larger circle. Do this on the remaining pieces of 8.5 x 11 pieces of paper for a total of 10-20 large circles.  Or use the template found here.

2. Cut the larger circles out.  Then Fold the circle in half, fold a second time in half (1/4), then a third time in half (1/8).

3.  Open your circles up. In the center of the circle punch, use a needle, toothpick, etc. to make a hole.

4. Cut along the folds almost to the center, but not quite all the way. You can see in the photos below where the cuts are made.

5. Put a small dab of glue on the point of one tab, then wrap the tab around a pencil or pen hold in place for a few seconds so the glue sets, do this for all 8 tabs. You can also do this without using a pen or pencil as seen in the youTube video posted at the bottom.

6. Slip a spacer bead onto your jewelry cord halfway down the cord (you can also use string, twine, thin ribbon etc.). I didn’t take a photo of this, so I used the diagram from diohomeimprovements.com.

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3 Simple Halloween Crafts to Decorate your Home

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At TotsFamily.com we like to get crafty but we are also a very frugal set of people.

When Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store challenged us to create a #SpookySpaces tablescape we couldn’t refuse.

Our table consists of three separate crafts which together make a lovely scene.

Or you can make just one or two of the crafts and add to your existing decor.

Looking for more Halloween ideas?

3 Simple Halloween Crafts To Decorate Your Home

Framed Holiday Quote

I love framed holiday quotes because you can customize and reuse it for every holiday table scape you create.

I chose the phrase ‘BOO’ for Halloween and decided to just use 1 letter per frame so it really stands out.

You could also choose whole words or phrases for each frame.

Instructions

I drew my letters, cut them out and glued them to a piece of Halloween craft paper.

Next, I trimmed my Halloween paper down and taped it to the back of the mat that is included in the frame.

I then assembled the frame back together and it was done.

Easy and effective. (You can reuse the frames with new paper for each holiday, accordingly)

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