FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by McDonald’s. All opinions are my own.
Valentine’s Day is coming up and I’m a sucker for celebrating all the holidays. Yes, I know, Valentine’s Day is way too over commercialized and is a big fat money vacuum for the retailers. But, I am still okay with having a little fun with my kids. Really, we just like to celebrate around here and have “special fun days”.
Especially with homeschooling, taking note of all the holidays help to break up routine and make our school days fun and memorable. If I am on top of things, we even celebrate the silly made up ones such as Pie Day or National Cookie Day. I usually forget to look up the silly holidays for the month, but when I do remember the kids LOVE it.
To break up our routine, I woke the kids up extra early but no one seemed to stir. Then I went back to their rooms and said “Rise and Shine, we are going out for breakfast to McDonald’s!”. Miraculously, everyone was dressed and ready to go in just a matter of minutes.
Breaking up routine is sometimes just what we need to keep everyone smiling and attitudes good. Spur of the moment surprises always seem to brighten moods.
We all loaded up and went out to breakfast at McDonald’s. McDonald’s is having a breakfast special where you can get 2 Mcdonald’s bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits for $3. That’s a good deal. Especially since my kids LOVE bacon and I never cook it.
If you are watching what you eat and have fitness goals, you can opt for an Egg White Delight Mcmuffin. The Egg White Delight McMuffin is only 250 calories and 8 grams of fat. You can pair that with a McCafe speciality drink for only $2 right now! I love how you can look up all the nutrition information online before ordering. It helps you to make good decisions when ordering. We opted for the 2/$3 breakfast deal on the biscuits because there are 4 of us. But, I do like the Egg White Delight McMuffin and would typically grab it.
As we were eating I told them all about Valentine’s Day coming up and we talked about the ways we wanted to celebrate. We have several things planned such as crafts and activities. We went to the library to check out some Valentine holiday books, and the librarian politely suggest that I limit how many I check out so the rest of the county would have an opportunity to check one out. So, I put a few back, and still came home with a good stack. Not only did I want some fun books, but I wanted to educate the kids on the real story behind St. Valentine. We are also going to incorporate some Valentine learning activities and fun foods into our homeschool routine for the next week. I’ll share those with you too!
But, to kick off our Valentine celebration, I wanted to do something that my boys would love. Boys don’t usually get excited about cutting out hearts and gluing them on construction paper.
I have recently learned that my 5 year old boy loves science experiments. One of my homeschool goals this year was to incorporate more fun experiments for the kids and my boy is eating them up! I love seeing his interest sparked. He has been ransacking my pantry asking for things to make his own experiments. The last one he made, I had to make him go dump it in the woods behind our house because of the smell. I don’t know what all was in it, but I do know that vinegar and a rubberized egg made its way into his project. (The egg was from our experiment the week before.) Sounds gross, but I sure do love teaching them and watching them do these things!
But anyways, back to our Valentine craft for boys. After we finished our breakfast at McDonald’s I let the kids play for a while so I could make my lists and gather my thoughts on our plan for the day. So it was a win/win for everyone. The kids got to play and release some energy in the McDonald’s playplace and I actually had a list made before we went to the store to grab everything we needed for our Valentine science day. Thats a WIN for a mom.
Drum Roll Please……..
Our Valentine science project for the day was Valentine SLIME! Check the bottom of this post for the instructions! I know you will want to make it with your kids!
And in true boy fashion. They found some fun ways to make photo ops with this Valentine Slime.
- 1½ Cups Liquid Starch (You can find this in the Laundry aisle at your local grocery store)
- 1½ cups Clear Glue (I used a mixture of clear glittler glue and elemers white glue)
- Red Food Coloring
- Pour the starch and glue in a bowl.
- Dig in and mix it up with your hands.
- The more you work with it, the better the texture becomes.
- Add glue as needed to get desired consistency.
- Add food coloring and glitter to make it Valentine Slime.
- After the kids played with theirs for about 30 minutes, they went back to it and liked the texture much better. It had a good "slime stretch" to it after they played with it and then it sat for a while.
Pin this post so you can make some Valentine SLIME with your kids! You can also pick up a McDonald’s Arch Card to give to your kids as a Valentine Gift. Don’t forget to take advantage of the 2/$3 breakfast deal at McDonald’s and just make a day of it with your family. FUN!
Share this post on FB with all your friends so everyone can make SLIME! haha