Frugal Ideas for your Homeschool Valentine’s Day
Homeschooling gives us the option to celebrate holidays in a way that we choose. Taking the day off from school to make the most of Valentine’s Day is something we enjoyed. There are unlimited ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Much of your decision will probably be determined by the age/s of your children.
Valentine’s Day is a day where there is no end to how much money could be spent. At our house, we were not looking to spend a lot of money. Making the day special can be done on a small budget.
If you decide to celebrate at home, your children can get in the spirit of love by making decorations. These don’t have to be elaborate. If you have construction paper, you can teach them how to create hearts. Cutting out multiple hearts and hanging them by strings is always fun and cute. The more creative, the better. Kids can glue and color until they are happy with the designs.
A more creative person could easily spend time on fancier plans, and pinterest is loaded with ideas. I prefer to use what I have. Pull out your red and white candles from Christmas and scatter your paper hearts around the base. This makes a pretty centerpiece. I also like to pull out the cookie cutters. I have hearts, lips and cupid shapes. You and your children could bake cookies or use them to cut out paper.
If you have a chronic illness, like me, you may prefer ready-made snacks. Shopping for cheap Little Debbie Valentine cakes is easy. Unwrap them and place on a pretty platter, and your table will look just fine. A trip to the Dollar store is a wonderful way to make sure your children and husband have some cute candy treats. You can also pick up cheap cards and decorations, if you like.
If you want to get out and do a special event, there are many frugal ways to do this. It’s easy to google local events and find something free for kids. I found two activities in my area for Valentine’s Day that are free. One involved making crafts and having a party. The other event was a Valentine’s Day story-time at a book store. Many times homeschool groups or co-ops will plan a party, too. You could even organize one yourself.
Other ideas for making the day special, include: finding a new sledding hill if you have snow and spending the afternoon sledding. Pack your own hot chocolate and cookies to share. If you live in a warm climate, take your snacks to a park and invite friends to join you.
Sometimes spending a little money is fun. Take your children to a ice-skating rink or roller-rink for a few hours. A movie is fun, and I always look for the discount-theater showings. Laser-tag, video-games, and mini-golf are fun, but cost more money. Look for coupons online or in the paper to save on your fees.
Any type of free field-trip can turn into a Valentine’s Day celebration. Just take your Valentine’s Day treats with you. One year our homeschool group made Valentine’s cards and took them to the nursing homes. The children passed out the cards and visited with the residents. This costs almost nothing, but provides the older folk with so much joy.
I bet you have some great ideas. Would you like to share how your homeschool celebrates Valentine’s day?
22017, copyright Lisa Ehrman