Valentine’s Day is one filled with love and romance. Well, that is before you have children of course. While you may still want some alone time with your spouse, it is important to remember that kids love holidays and traditions too. Here are some fun ways that you can make Valentine’s Day special for the whole family.
1. Everyone loves to eat, so why make meals together that everyone will not only enjoy eating but enjoy making as well. You can make hearts out of toast and add some strawberry jelly on top. You can also make heart shaped French toast topped with powdered sugar. For dinner, you can make stuffed shells with marina sauce or heart shaped meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes.
2. Let your kids and spouse know that you are thinking about them all day by leaving notes in the lunch, jacket pockets and backpacks so they can find them throughout the day.
3. Many people only do family pictures for Christmas but take advantage of Valentine’s Day as well. You can use fun props and backgrounds such as chalk boards, candy, red and pink streamers, hearts and red and pink balloons.
4. Gather up the family and settle in for a night on the couch with some great family movies. Some great movie ideas include PG rated movies like The Princess Bride, Shrek and Enchanted and G rated movies such as Beauty and The Beast and Wall-E.
5. If you know a neighbor or friend who is alone on Valentine’s Day, this is a good time to do something nice for them. You can bake up a batch of heart shaped sugar cookies or bring over a bouquet of flowers with a card the kids created. You can also take little goodie bags with treats to places like homeless shelters, hospitals and nursing homes.
6. Why not host a party for the entire family? Have the kids pick out their favorite stuffed animal to join the party as well. You can create fun games like Valentine’s Day Bingo, make some cupcakes with red frosting and make some cool crafts. Don’t forget to serve the food on red paper plates.
7. Before the kids head to bed for the night, choose a story to read to them with a Valentine’s Day theme such as I Would Tug You In by Sarah Asper-Smith or Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart by Jane O’Connor.
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids?