Valentine’s Day is a great time to show your love in extra special ways. You know, the kind of ways that you wish you got to do every day but that just don’t always happen. Nothing demonstrates your love like special time together doing something fun and enjoying the moment. Here are 5 fun Valentines Day activities for kids to show your child you love them. This post is brought to you by Name Stories.
Valentine’s Activities To Show Your Child You Love Them
These special ways to show your child your love are great any day of the year. On a big day like Valentine’s Day you might want to squeeze in all 5 of these activities if you can!
1. Exchange Gifts
Exchanging gifts is a traditional Valentines Day activity for a reason. It is a universal way of showing your love. Gift giving shows that we have taken the time to consider exactly what the other person will enjoy and that we have made it or gotten it for them.
Give your child some notice that you will exchange gifts on Valentine’s Day so they don’t get caught empty handed. Let your child know that you love personalized gifts to show they were thinking of you. Suggest they make you a Valentine card or a homemade gift to remove any pressure.
When giving your child a card, consider that what you write should tell them what you love and value about them. If you just put “Love, Mom” you are losing the chance to tell them that you love the happiness they bring into your life, their sweet and thoughtful nature, their ability to work hard and accomplish goals. They really notice what you notice about them.
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Go ahead and give them a gift that makes them feel special and loved for all the parts of them that make them unique!
2. Make a Special Meal or Treat Together
Kids love to help in the kitchen if you give them the opportunity. Don’t forget to lighten up and have fun with the process. Everything doesn’t have to turn out perfect as long as you both enjoy the experience. Cooking or baking together can be a lot of fun and it teaches them important skills.
Pull out your heart shape cookie cutters and the sprinkles and get creative. You can get all kinds of ideas for special Valentine’s Day themed food. Whip up some heart shaped cinnamon rolls together or make heart shaped popcorn snacks. As long as you have fun making it together, you can’t go wrong!
3. Have a Sit Down Tea Party or Afternoon Snack
Kids love a sit down meal all together- especially if it involves special treats, maybe even the ones they baked with you! Put up some Valentine’s Day decorations and enjoy a little down time and some special treats with your little one.
Whether you call it a tea party or afternoon snack time- you can make it extra special by how you choose to serve it. Try serving it as a picnic on the porch or under a fort. Even the table works fine if you make it fancy! Make it an extra special event by having kids make name cards and use fancy napkins. Have everyone pick conversation hearts (candy hearts with short messages on them) to exchange. The more unusual, the more memorable the Valentine activities will be!
4. Do A Craft Together
Any list of Valentines Day activities for kids should include fun Valentine’s Day crafts. So pull out your tissue paper, pom poms, construction paper, pipe cleaners, and other simple materials to craft with. Now, don’t just give them a craft and run. Remember, this is a special day and spending that special time doing the craft with them will make it twice as special. Kids of all ages enjoy craft projects. Some may enjoy art projects more and that is a perfectly good substitution, of course.
You could try a making love bugs (preschool children), a Valentine’s Day centerpiece (older kids), or a paper heart chain like the one shown below. Whatever Valentine’s Day craft you choose, you can use it decorate the house or table. Use the chance to comment on what a good job they did following directions or being creative.
Making paper hearts is another great way to enjoy fun Valentine’s Day activities together. It is great for improving the fine motor skills of young children. It is so much fun to make homemade Valentines for passing out in the classroom too. Colorful hearts may seem like a simple activity but it is a great time to talk to your child and learn more about the classmates they will be giving them too. This easy craft is the perfect way to show you care.
5. Play Together
Play time is what kids live for and when parents take the time to play with them, well, that is so special. This is sure to be one of their favorite Valentine’s Day ideas. It is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some simple fun ideas.
I would say get outside and make some active memories if it is all possible- hike in the woods, build a snowman, fly a kite, or have a family game of basketball.
If you can’t get outdoors because the weather is just too uninviting, you may want to play cards or a board game, flip through photo albums together, make a scrapbook, or watch a family movie together.
Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating those we love by doing something special to show our love. You may also want to give them a great gift to brighten their day and remind them of the special time you spent together when they look at it all year long. How will you be sharing the joy of Valentine’s Day with your child? Which of these Valentines Day Activities For Kids do think your child will enjoy most?
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