What you might have missed: February recap

Activities for kids This month we went tumbling, we played video games WITH the kids and we checked out Disney on Ice.

Crafts

This month's Kids Create post was about Love and Kindness.  It's never too late to add your submission to the link up.  Join us every month for a great craft carnival run by Alicia!

We also made treats for the birds.

Events

We were thrilled to announce the introduction of a new section to Kids in the Capital - an events calendar! We invite you to check it out and to please contribute events to add to it!

Food

We made maple syrup on snow and we talked about some great tips to make grocery shopping easier.

Giving Back

Kindness week happens in February every year.  This month's Kids in the Capital Giving Back post was about the Youville Centre - an amazing place we should all know more about and endeavour to help!

We also got to hear about the Ottawa Children's Gala.

Parenting tips

We had another installment from our friend Krista who is spending a year abroad in India and we heard about the wonderful value of pregnancy massage.

Pinteresting

Pinterest is all the rage and a great way to find great ideas for things to do with or for the kids.  This month we had a post about Eco-friendly pinterest finds.

Sponsors

We welcomed a number of new sponsors this month (more to be introduced in March!)  We couldn't run Kids in the Capital without the support of our sponsors so we would really appreciate it if you took the time to read a bit about them and to say hi!

This month we met the Jewish Community Centre and Funnovation Imaginarium.

Valentine's Day

Do you do anything special for Valentine's Day? Carly wrote some fabulous posts on fun things to do for Valentine's day including a special kid-friendly dinner and decorating the windows.

Winterlude

February and Winterlude go hand in hand in the capital.  This month our library post was about books to read in the winter and we checked out Confederation Park.

We're always looking for new posts - if you'd like to contribute drop us a line at kidsinthecapital(at)gmail(dot)com

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Valentine's Day Dinner

by Carly
We love to celebrate Valentine's Day with a nice family dinner.  We set the table with our nicest dishes, keeping to a red and white theme.  Jake loves shaped pancakes so I had fun making heart-shaped ones for our special dinner.
I had a few heart-shaped cookie cutters laying around, so after mixing my pancake batter and pre-heating the pan, I sprayed the cookie cutters with cooking oil and placed them in the pan.  Add the batter, be careful not to overfill the cutters.  When the pancake starts to bubble, use a pair of tongs to remove the cookie cutter from the pan.  You may need to gently cut around the edge of the cutter with a knife to loosen the pancake first.  Once the cookie cutter is removed, flip the pancake and cook it on the other side.  Be sure to re-spray the cookie cutters with cooking oil before using them for the next pancake.
 
Since my husband isn't big on pancakes, I made him some heart shaped eggs, using the same method.
 
Topped with maple syrup, some powdered sugar and homemade fruit salad, our pancakes made with a lot of love were a big hit!
Carly has red hair and occasionally the temper to match.  She loves potatoes, rainy nights, photography, her husband and her 5 year old son, Jacob.  Probably in reverse order.   She also blogs.
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Kids Create! February Craft Carnival {Love and Kindness}

by Alicia February 2011 Theme – LOVE and KINDNESS

Secret Valentine's Day Craft
Source: bhg.com via Alicia on Pinterest

On February 14th we celebrate Valentine’s Day – a day that we celebrate and express the love we have for each other.  Your children may bring home Valentine ’s Day crafts from school and day care usually decorated in reds and pinks and in the shape of hearts – a symbol that best represents love. What crafts can you make as a family that symbolize the love you have for each other and those around you?

February 17th -24th  is Kindness Week in Ottawa.  During this week Kind Ottawa is encouraging us to “choose to be kind”.  They have many suggestions on their website, Facebook and Twitter.  Your family may choose something crafty to say thank you to someone special or create something in a random act of kindness for a stranger.

Whatever your craft(s) may be this month, make them out of love and kindness and link-up below to share and spread!

What is the Kids Create! Craft Carnival? A carnival is a blog article that contains links to other articles covering a specific topic. Think of it as a craft party, where everyone has to show up with a craft based on the same topic. Use this carnival to encourage your family to create crafts and memories together!

Who can participate? All KITC readers! Whether you have a blog or not, we have a way you can participate!

When? Throughout the month you are encouraged to make a craft with your children based on the monthly theme and post your finished project to share with others. Make and share as many crafts as you want according to the theme before the end of the month deadline. Crafts you have made in the past are also welcome, but new crafts are encouraged. Once the deadline has passed we will showcase the crafts and announce the following month’s theme.

Where and how do we post our crafts? There is a link-up widget at the bottom of this post. If you are blogger, post about your craft on your blog and link below to your post. If you do not have a blog, use the KITC Flickr group to upload a picture of your craft (make sure to include your name and a written description of your craft). Read more information here on how to use Flickr and how to join the KITC Flickr Group.

Deadline to submit: Wednesday, February 29th

What will your family create?