Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little one by making some easy, festive snacks together! Spending time in the kitchen is a great way to evoke your child’s senses and to practice counting, following instructions, measuring, and using sequence words and descriptive language.

Below are three quick snacks that require no baking.

Red Smoothie

Make a delicious, healthy smoothie using a handful of ice, ½ cup raspberries, ½ cup strawberries, ½ banana, and 1 cup yogurt. Ask your child to wash and measure the produce, add the ingredients to the blender, and press the “on” button.

Valentine Snack Board

Go grocery shopping with your child and ask him to pick a few of his favorite fruits, vegetables, and cheeses. Use a small, heart-shaped cookie cutter and create a festive snack board together. Encourage him to sort the items and count each one as he adds it to the plate.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Gather pretzel rods, chocolate bars or candy melts, and assorted red, white and pink sprinkles. Melt the chocolate according to package directions. Ask your child to dip the pretzel rods into the melted chocolate and top with sprinkles. Place the pretzels on wax paper and allow to dry.