Valentine’s Day is one of the most fun celebrations for parents and kids to share together. It can be a special time full of heartfelt moments and joyous experiences that your family will always remember together. However, you may be feeling stumped on how best to celebrate with your children, especially if you’re looking for quick yet meaningful ideas that won’t break the bank. Look no further! Here are some easy (yet still extra-special!) ways to mark this day of love with your kids in a way that honors tradition while also making it enjoyable and hassle-free.

easy ways to celebrate Valentine's Day with your kids

Make a homemade card together using construction paper, markers, and glitter

valentines day crafts

Making a homemade card together is a great way to express your affection for someone special and their unique talents. And it really doesn’t need to be anything fancy; using what you already have is actually a great way to show kids that there’s always creativity available! Taking the time to construct something from scratch has a charm of its own, whether we are using construction paper and markers or colored pencils and glitter! Making cards this way creates an opportunity for meaningful dialogue about ideas for the card’s design, which is sure to be as beautiful as it is creative. You could even go the extra mile by adding hand-drawn artwork or stickers as accents. Who knows what kind of amazing display you can think up? So let that creativity flow, grab some paper and get folding – making your own original card together just might become one of your favorite memories!

If your looking for a bit more structured crafting, check out our blog on Valentine’s Day Traditions from Around the World and Crafts to Go with Them!

Cut out heart shapes from construction paper and decorate them with stickers

Craft projects can be so much fun, and cutting out heart shapes from construction paper and decorating them with stickers is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. It's an activity that's suitable for children of all ages. If you have time, a quick trip to the craft store to choose some special stickers can be great! But just as with the previous activity, using what you already have goes a long way as well. Not only are these sticker filled hearts a great reminder to show someone you care, but it can be a form of self expression too! After all, there's no wrong way to make art as long as it brings you joy.

Bake cookies or cupcakes together and decorate them with icing and sprinkles

Valentine's Day cookies

There's nothing quite like spending some quality time with your friends or family in the kitchen, especially when there's food involved. And what could be more fun than making some delicious cookies or cupcakes together? Decorating them with icing and sprinkles is just the icing on the cake (pun intended). If you’re looking for some Valentine’s Day themed treat to whip up, here are a few of our favorites:

Go on a nature walk and look for things in the shape of a heart

heart in nature

What a wonderful way to spend Valentine's Day! Going on a nature walk and looking for hearts that nature has shaped can be so much fun. Whether you're in the city, countryside or somewhere in between, there are plenty of things that you may be able to find - leaves, fruits, bubbles, and even stones can take on the shape of a heart if you look hard enough! Taking pictures of all these natural hearts can also be an amazing way to capture memories. Give yourself some time away from your daily life and try going out into nature this Valentines Day to see how many hearts you can find!

Have a picnic lunch inside or outside depending on the weather

Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a nice picnic lunch with your loved ones. If it's too cold to picnic outside, you can set up a cozy spot indoors - just spread out a blanket and lay out some delicious snacks. On the other hand, if it's sunny and warm, head to your favorite park or beach and bask in nature while enjoying your meal. Little kids will especially love a Valentine's Day picnic, so pack those Valentine's themed plates and let them stretch their legs before devouring the treat-filled basket! Wherever you decide to have your Valentine's Day picnic, make sure you fill it with yummy delights for everyone!

Read stories about love and friendship before bedtime

bedtime stories about love

Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to snuggle up and read stories about love, friendship, and all of the wonderful emotions that come along with it! Before bedtime, reading stories with little kids can help them learn more about these topics before they experience them in their own lives. Through stories, children can be prepared for the future and gain a better understanding of how the world works. These stories also encourage positive thinking and fill minds with hope, by showing kids how far unconditional affection can take us. Add a good dose of love and friendship before bedtime each night – your little one will thank you for it!

Check out our blog post on 10 Children’s Books About Love to Read with Your Kids if you’re hoping to discover some new books about love for your collection! (or to check out from your local library!)

These are just a few ideas to get you started on enjoying Valentine’s Day with your child. The important thing is to spend time together and create happy memories. What are some of the traditions you and your family have for celebrating Valentine’s Day?

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January 27, 2023 — Temidayo Adedokun

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