Valentine’s Day provides a great opportunity to have fun with your children and shower them with love! While Valentine’s Day is often associated with romantic love, it is a holiday you can share with your whole family, and it provides an opportunity to teach your children about the importance of caring for others. You can celebrate the holiday simply by telling your child “I love you” or trying out some of the ideas below.
Spend some time at the breakfast or dinner table talking with your child about Valentine’s Day and love. Use the holiday as an opportunity to tell your child how much you love them and what love means to you. You can also ask them questions to get them thinking about family, friendship, and love. What do they love? How do they show their family that they love them? You may be surprised by what they have to say!
Take a trip to the library and pick out a few special books about Valentine’s Day. You can ask your librarian for book suggestions. Then head home for your very own story hour. Find a comfortable spot in your home and read aloud these special stories of love. You can even get crafty and create projects associated with your special Valentine’s Day stories.
Make a special Valentine’s Day treat to enjoy with your child! Some fun ideas are:
- Strawberry Heart French Toast
- Apple Heart Sandwiches
- The Color of Love: Cherry Sherbet
- Valentine’s Day Chex Mix
- Heart-Shaped Pizza
- Healthy Heart Kabobs
- Peanut Butter Heart Cookies
Model for your child what it means to love others. This can be done by showing your child how much you love them and the rest of your family. You can also show your child how to care for others and the world around them. You can do this by volunteering to help those in need, being kind to others, and donating to causes that you and your family care about. These actions will help your child see the value of love and compassion.
Have fun with your child with some special love-themed activities:
- Looking for Love Hide and Seek
- Play Pin the Heart on Cupid
- Try a Game of Musical Hearts
- Turn up the music and sing your favorite love songs together
- Make Stained Glass Heart Decorations
- Decorate Valentine’s Day cards to give to classmates and friends
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