Like many busy families, we most often choose to find simple means of celebrating Valentine’s Day with kids and sharing the love we enjoy in our busy house. With children involved, the opportunity is there to be a little more creative than a gift of long stemmed, overpriced, thorny roses.
As parents, if we only celebrate Valentine’s Day by exchanging expensive gifts, it is likely that our children will want to do the same. Be mindful in how you spend the holiday to make it meaningful and be deliberate in the values you transmit to your children.
There are so many simple ways – those that don’t come from a store – to say “I Love You.” Plan a family date. Make something together – your little one often learns concepts through concrete representations. Spend your time together in fun activities or doing something for each other/others, including possibly giving your loved one time to themselves.
Make Special Food: Snacks,Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner
Write a Love Letter
Cuddle and Read a Book
Make Homemade Treats for your Pet
Colour together. It’s all the rage in mindfulness.
Make a homemade card
Play Game of their Choice
Write notes that begin, “I love you because…”
Finish a Project/Task
Play a Family Game
Use the words: “I love you.” Learn to say it in another language
Show Love to all Creatures great and small. Make a heart shaped bird feeder
Have a Dance Party
Complete RAK together
Snuggle and Watch a Movie
Leave a kind Anonymous Note for someone to find
Go for a Nature Walk. Look for heart shapes along the way
Bake a Special Treat
Write Notes/ Draw hearts on post-its. Hide all over the house
Build a ‘Love Lab. Experiment with different potions/ science experiments
Share your Love Story with your kids
Plant something. Encourage its growth with positive words
Craft/Create Anything. ANYTHING!
Check out my Pinterest Valentine’s Day board for more fun activities,
food & craft ideas for celebrating with kids.
Take it on the Road: Show Others You Care
One year, when I must have been having a short burst of over-achievement, the kids and I made special treats for the holiday. We made heart shaped Rice Krispy treats on a stick and decorated them with pink cookie icing and red smarties. Our diet includes no refined sugar or food additives including colour; our efforts were for others.
We wrapped them up and tied a few together with a ribbon -they were the cutest darn bouquets you ever did see! The kids really liked making things to give to people we care about – we even dropped off some to the teachers and medical professionals who care for us on a regular basis. The people we gave them to felt special; they appreciated the time we took to make them and drop them off as much as the bouquets themselves!
Let them learn firsthand that the best gift you give to yourself is how you feel when you give to others.
The Best Gift of All: Simple Lessons in Love
Celebrating Valentine’s Day with kids in simple ways, they learn that affection is shown and celebrated every day in the simple things we do for one another and the time we spend together. That ‘I Love You’ isn’t always wrapped in a fancy bow or found in a box of sweets. Our children learn that gifts of kindness, respect, thoughtfulness, and time are how we show people we care for and appreciate them.