From my family to yours we wish you all a Happy Valentines Day!
This morning we all enjoyed a heart filled breakfast together for the first time in a while. Usually we are not all awake or home at the same time for breakfast. And of course we had heart shaped pancakes because how else are you to eat pancakes on valentines day?! I even cut out some heart shaped strawberries!
Dorian loves fruit. He eats fruit for breakfast, lunch and dinner and any time in between. I mean just look at this smile!!
Eli is too little for pancakes or fruit so we just made his day by letting him try some whipped cream! Of course he loved it.
What did your family eat today? Did you have any heart shaped food? Or did you just enjoy your favorite meals? My favorite is breakfast foods!
The other day we did a little craft for Valentines Day. I’ve been wanting to do something with their hand prints for a while now and I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do until now. We made a heart shaped salt dough so I could treasure Dorians hand print forever. For Eli’s hand print I had an extra hand print kit so I could capture his. The kit was meant to be a Christmas ornament but I shaped it into a heart the best that I could and pressed Eli’s hand into it. It was a lot harder than it sounds! Eli’s hands are so little and he just wanted to make a fist but we eventually got a good one and I am super ecstatic at how it turned out.
For Dorians hand print we made our own salt dough. All it takes is
1 cup of flour
1 cup of salt
1/2 cup of water
I had Dorian add the three ingredients together himself. This was a craft that I wanted him to do as much himself that he could. It is a very simple and easy thing to make and you can do it for any holiday. It can be molded into a shape and there can be hand prints or foot prints or both.
I don’t know if he enjoyed making a mess or eating the flour more. Next time I bake something I will definitely have Dorian help me add the ingredients because he was so excited to be helping in the kitchen instead of playing on the floor. The next step is obviously mix all of the ingredients together the best that you can to get a smooth dough. I let Dorian mix them together with his hands and he touched EVERYTHING. I can’t decide who is a messier cook Dorian or my husband.
After we mixed the dough together I let Dorian play with the remaining flour..or shall I say eat the remaining flour.. while I shaped it into a heart. I did not use a cookie cutter simply because I didn’t have one but it wasn’t as hard as it sounds. Pressing Dorians hand into the dough was probably harder because I had to really push his hand in.
I let the dough sit out on the counter for a few days before we completed our craft. Ending the project right here would have been perfect. I had his hand print mold and he had fun mixing everything together but I wanted to keep going with it. So I let Dorian paint it.
The finished product is just what I wanted. A craft the Dorian was able to do himself from start to finish and he had fun doing it. He made a mess doing everything but that is what it is all about. Letting him have fun and making a mess and painting his stomach green was how he had fun with this craft and that just made it more special to me.
Enjoy your Valentines Day!