Although Valentine’s Day is often thought of as a holiday for adults, what could be sweeter than Valentine’s Day with your kids? This year school parties may be back in the classrooms, but you can make the day extra special at home, too. Here are 14 sweet ideas for a lovely valentines day that will get you in the mood to celebrate:
1) Make a Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board
While a simple cheese plate used to suffice, the popularity of the charcuterie board is still going strong. Technically a charcuterie board means a board of prepared meats, but these days anything goes! Why not cut cheese or salami into heart shapes to make a beautiful food presentation?
2) Send Valentines in Many Ways
Postcards — For a small charge, the TouchNote app lets you send postcards and add a picture. They do the printing and mailing for you and your valentine receives a special postcard.
Snail mail — Or go the old fashioned route. Some post offices will have more selection than others, but children love picking out their own stamps and mailing out valentines. Depending on your child’s age, you can address the envelopes for them or use this as a time to teach the finer points of letter writing.
3) Decorate In Hearts
So many items can be found in heart shapes these days. Heart-shaped balloons or simple pink and red balloons for Valentine’s Day will make your child’s day!
4) Make a Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt
Put clues around the house and let your kids search high and low for a box of candy hearts or similar treat.
5) Have a Valentine’s Day Photoshoot
Admittedly this may be more for you than for the kids, but a heart is an easy shape to cut out of construction paper for props. Dress the kids in red and have a Valentine’s Day photo shoot!
6) Surprise Your Kids with Love Notes
Leave Post-it Notes of love or encouragement for your kids on the fridge, their bathroom mirror or other places around the house. For extra fun use pink ones for Valentine’s Day or put them together into the shape of a heart.
7) Put Up a Valentine’s Day Tree
Haven’t taken down that Christmas Tree yet? Don’t despair! Just switch the decor from ornaments to hearts!
8) Break a Heart-Shaped Piñata
Kids love the fun of breaking a piñata and these can be easily incorporated into your celebration. Heart-shaped piñatas are available on Amazon if you can’t find one locally.
9) Play Tic-Tac-Toe
Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like the x’s and o’s in this game that kids already love. Winner gets the number of kisses and hugs on the board!
10) Get Baking
Of course there’s the old standby. Pink-frosted cupcakes or sugar cookies are sure to be a big hit.
11) Make Heart-Shaped Food Make Heart-Shaped Pizza
A heart-shaped pizza is a lot of fun! Whether you make the dough yourself or buy prepared dough, kids will love having their own personal-sized, heart-shaped pizza. Or make lunch heart-shaped. Sandwiches can be cut into hearts by hand or use a cookie cutter.
12) Make Pink Smoothies or Milkshakes
Recipes for strawberry smoothies or milkshakes are plentiful online.
13) Read a Valentine’s-Day-Themed Picture Book
There are many, many great picture books that complement Valentine’s Day. Try “Mama Do You Love Me” by Barbara M. Joose or “Henry In Love” by Peter McCarty.
14) Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries
These are not actually very hard. Just melt chocolate chips in the microwave, dip the strawberries in the melted chocolate and then place on wax paper. They’re beautiful, delectable and very easy!
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