Valentine’s Day: The Day of Love and Family!
While it’s usually considered a holiday to go on a date and focus on your romantic partner, there’s all kinds of love in our lives. Our friends, our families, and even our pets are all part of our hearts too. But what love is stronger than the love we have for our children? It’s only natural to want to show our children some love on Valentine’s Day, and kids love to feel included! But many parents aren’t sure how to involve their children in a holiday primarily about romance. So what are some things we can do with kids to show them some extra attention on a day all about love? Well, here’s a few ideas to get you started!
1. Create Homemade Valentine's Cards:
Chances are you already thought of this one, but it’s a classic for a reason! Gather some colorful paper, markers, stickers, and glitter, and spend the afternoon creating homemade Valentine's Day cards together. Encourage your children to express their love and appreciation for family members through heartfelt messages and creative designs. This activity not only allows for quality bonding time but also helps teach children the importance of expressing gratitude and affection.
2. Family Book Club:
As avid readers ourselves, we have to suggest this one! Choose a book that resonates with your family, whether it's a classic love story or a heartwarming tale about friendship and kindness. It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day themed, but bonus points if it is! Set aside time in the evening to cozy up together and take turns reading aloud (if your kids are reading yet!). After each chapter or section, engage in discussions about the story, characters, and themes. This activity not only promotes a love of reading but also encourages meaningful conversations and strengthens family bonds through shared storytelling.
3. Bake and Decorate Valentine's Treats:
Get creative in the kitchen with your little ones by baking and decorating Valentine's Day treats together. Whether it's heart-shaped cookies, cupcakes with pink frosting, or chocolate-covered strawberries, involve your children in every step of the process. Let them mix, measure, and decorate to their heart's content. The joy of creating something delicious together will create cherished memories and reinforce the importance of teamwork and cooperation.
4. Love Notes Scavenger Hunt:
Spread love and laughter throughout your home with a Valentine's Day themed scavenger hunt. Write heartfelt love notes or clues on colorful paper and hide them in various places around the house. Encourage your children to work together to solve the clues and find the hidden treasures. Maybe the prize at the end can be some candy or a game! This playful activity not only promotes teamwork and problem-solving skills but also adds an element of excitement and surprise to the day.
5. Family Movie Night Under the Stars:
Set up a cozy outdoor movie night in your backyard, or take it inside with twinkle lights! Snuggle up together under blankets and choose a selection of family-friendly Valentine's Day movies or classics that everyone will enjoy. Don't forget the popcorn and hot cocoa! As you watch the movie together, be sure to share plenty of laughter and cuddles. This magical experience will create lasting memories and reinforce the importance of spending quality time together as a family.
As parents, we have the power to shape our children's experiences and create lasting memories that they will carry with them into adulthood. This Valentine's Day, let's embrace the opportunity to celebrate love in all its forms – the love of each other, the love of reading, and the love that binds us together as family. Together, let's make every day a celebration of love and connection.