Ways You Can Make Valentine’s Special for Your Kids
When you think of February 14, images of romantic dinners and couples’ getaways probably come to mind. But Valentine’s Day is more about just you and your partner when you have children. And there are plenty of things you can do to make the day fun for your whole family and special for your youngest valentines.
Start the Day in the Kitchen
Start the day off on the right foot with heart-shaped pancakes. You can include other red and pink foods on the breakfast table such as raspberries, whipped cream tinted pink with red food coloring and cranberry juice in fancy goblets to remind your kids they’re loved. If they’re old enough to help in the kitchen, surprise them with their own personalized aprons decorated with hearts and their name to assist in a special baking project.
Get Crafty With the Kids
One of the best parts of Valentine’s Day is all of the fun craft projects you can create. Young kids will love making paper heart chains to decorate their bedroom or the mantle. Older kids can get a bit messier and create a one-of-a-kind flour sack towel craft using red and pink fabric paint and heart-shaped stamps to gift their teacher or surprise grandma. Kids can also let their creativity shine on blank canvas tote bags — try decorating them using fun stencils to create unique patterns. You can also help your child create handmade cards for their classmates, including these simple heart-and-lollipop flowers or these more involved secret-message valentines.
Random Acts of Kindness
Parents can use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to teach their children to spread the love. Encourage them to make a valentine for the mailman, bring cookies to their favorite teacher’s aide or shovel the sidewalk for an elderly neighbor. Remind kids that these random acts of kindness don’t have to be limited to just one day but can make them feel good about helping others all year long.
Read and Watch Together
Visit your local library with your child to borrow a book or two with a Valentine’s Day theme that you can read together. Look for titles such as Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool and Clifford’s First Valentine’s Day or opt for love-themed books that feature your hometown, such as Love Is All Around Virginia. You and your tot can also snuggle up on the couch with hot cocoa to binge-watch their favorite Valentine’s Day cartoons. PBS Kids will start airing their episodes on February 10. It will surely be a Valentine’s Day to remember for your little one!