We’ve had a fun week of celebrating and gearing up for Valentine’s Day. As a homeschooling mom, planning crafts and activities around the holiday’s is part of the fun!
This past week we’ve had a tea party, math activity, made Valentine slime, fun snacks, and a craft.
We actually have tea parties often. The kids love it and it breaks up routine. Not to mention, I love watching their little personalities act so “proper” at our sophisticated backyard tea parties with animal crackers and sliced cheese.
For our Valentine’s tea party, part of the fun was making the snack for the party. We spend LOTS of time around our kitchen island making huge messes. It’s exactly what I had envisioned when we built our house.
For our party we made some Valentine White Trash. (This is one of my favorite indulgent snacks.) I have the recipe posted at the bottom of this post for you to print or pin. We drank some “Love Potion” in fancy glasses (aka raspberry lemonade).
We checked out several books from the library and read our Valentine books at our Valentine Tea Party. After everyone was finished indulging themselves on our white chocolate covered snack, we got to work making a craft.
The craft part always cracks me up with the kids. I love watching their different personalities glue and paste. It’s funny to learn who cares about details and who doesn’t.
For some reason though, everyone likes it when we glue pasta noodles. This must be a kid thing.
One of my favorite activities was our math lesson one day. I took a break from our regular lessons and did some math work with some sweethearts. I don’t like the conversation hearts, so I thought I bought Sweet Tarts for our lesson, but they were actually the normal conversation sweethearts. Oops. Yuck. So I wasn’t tempted to eat any and was disappointed because I was looking forward to some blue Sweet Tarts. HAHA!
But we worked on estimating, tower building, grouping, counting, tally marks, division, and basic kindergarten and first grade algebra word problems with our candy. I think they would love math everyday if it always involved eating candy at the end.
And I need to know. Does your refrigerator look like mine with random artwork all over it? Or do you keep yours nice and neat?
During our party, I shared with them about LOVE and practical ways that we can love others and how glad I am that Jesus loves us. I have to throw in a little devotional whenever I can. It’s part of the fun of sharing Jesus with them in our everyday life.
We have started a new scripture memorization system at our house that I actually love! This system is doable for me and working well for our lifestyle and routines. This system would work well for any family even if you don’t homeschool. We spend less than 3 minutes/day on it. I say that to say that this week is a great week to work on memorizing a LOVE scripture. Here is a free printable for you. CLICK HERE for the Printable Version. It will print as a 3×5 card, so you can put it somewhere you can see it everyday to work on memorizing it.
Don’t forget about making this Valentine White Trash recipe. It makes for a fun weekend snack!
- Popped Popcorn (As much as you like!)
- 1 bag milk chocolate colored M&M's
- 1 bag colored peanut M&M's
- 1 Package White Melting Chocolate
- Several Handfuls of Pretzels
- The proportions of each ingredient are completely up to your personal preference.
- Mix popcorn, M&Ms, and pretzels in a large bowl.
- Melt the white chocolate.
- Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn mixture.
- Stir until all combined.
- Add more popcorn or pretzels if desired.
- Lay mixture out on 2 large cookie sheets to dry.
- After it dries, break into pieces.
- Put in a pretty bowl and serve to friends and family!
Thanks for following along and reading about our ramblings. I hope you enjoy your kids and family this week and throw a fun tea party just because! Pull out the fancy glasses, pour up some lemonade, and read a good book at your little party. It takes very little time and effort, yet the memories made and conversations are worth every bit of the effort. You can throw it together in less than 10 minutes!