Show ‘em the love: stir up Valentine’s treats and fun
Show ‘em the love: stir up Valentine’s treats and fun

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, get kids’ kitchen creativity flowing.

See “50 Treat Ideas for Kids,” at cutefoodforkids.com, with links to many resources. Among the adorable offerings for V-Day are strawberry ladybugs from Wing it-Vegan and a fruit pizza from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. The charming list of ideas includes heart-shaped eggs via 9gag.com, to heart-shaped cinnamon rolls from Pinch My Salt, and heart-shaped roasted potatoes found at Haniela’s Food and Photography. (The site also calls out one treat for grown-ups: red wine lollipops from Sprinkle Bake).

While waiting for the timer to ding, why not cuddle up with the new, free Charlie & Company™ video app, introducing a charming live action/animation video series designed to teach preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders core skills in very memorable ways. Meet Charlie, the beloved Golden Retriever and Miss Ellie, your “Anywhere Teacher.” Along with their furry and feathered cartoon friends they visit fun, familiar places to solve the “puzzle it out” question of the day and learn letters, numbers, crafts, fitness, music and more. Tagging along are Socrates the Owl, Violet Ringtail, a raccoon; Nestor Fields the adventure mouse; Autumn Red Squirrel; Levi Cottonwood, a beaver; and Oba the Bear and Jaz the Tiger.

The app includes episode 1, “Hot Dog,” for free, and 6 more great episodes are available for in-app purchase at just $3.99 each or $19.99 for the whole series.

Cooking, cuddling, decorating, and learning—what could make for a better celebration of love?