Happy Valentine's Day MAMers!

This year Valentine's Day falls in the middle of the week and between work, school and kids' social obligations there's not much time to get into the festive spirit. But not to worry Mommy & Me Gabon has got you covered with 5 fun and easy DIY activities to try out at home!

Sponge hearts

Sponge hearts
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Heart sponge painting : Take a kitchen sponge and cut it into a heart shape then set out different paint colors and let your child’s inner Picasso shine through (hopefully not on your walls though)!

Sponge hearts

Sponge hearts
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Two hands one heart

Two hands one heart
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Fold a piece of paper in half and trace the outline of your child's hand onto the paper with their thumb and forefinger pointing towards the crease.

Two hands one heart

Two hands one heart
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Then cut along the outline and voilà the space between the joined hands will be in the shape of a heart

Valentine’s Day hand fan

Valentine’s Day hand fan
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What better way to beat the heat than with a cute and ever so practical Valentine’s Day hand fan. Make a classic hand fan and then write love notes in each fold: "you make me smile", "you brighten my day", "i heart you", "you make me LOL"...

Valentine’s Day hand fan

Valentine’s Day hand fan
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Heart scavenger hunt

Heart scavenger hunt
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Cut out paper hearts of different sizes (bigger for smaller kids)  

Heart scavenger hunt

Heart scavenger hunt
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Have the kids collect all of the hearts. Whoever collects the most wins !

Heart scavenger hunt

Heart scavenger hunt
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To make this activity fun AND educational, number the hearts and have children put all their hearts in the right order or for older kids have them add up or multiply the numbers on their hearts !

Show the love

Show the love
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Children learn through observation so this Valentine’s Day, whether you are partnered up or single, show your children different kinds of love (self-love, family love, romantic love, etc.). Demonstrate respect, appreciation, co-operation and loving kindness and model the relationships you wish for them to build in turn.