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With Valentine’s Day being just around the corner, you might become a little stressed out, especially if you know you can’t leave your kids at home and sneak out to a romantic weekend gateway or a dinner. Celebrating Valentine’s Day can also get quite expensive. What if I told you that you can celebrate at home, with your loved ones, while staying on a budget? This day isn’t just about expensive gifts and dinners after all!
Valentine’s Day is a reminder that you should celebrate love. Love to your partner, love to your children, love to any other family member or friend. If you don’t know how to spend Valentine’s Day with your kids, keep reading. This entire article is full of fun activities to show you that spending Valentine’s Day with children doesn’t have to be boring.
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Make your own Valentine’s Day cards
Do you remember making Valentine’s Day cards at school? If you had a crush, you would send them to them through a special Valentine post. You can also do it with your kids. Gather all of your art supplies and make cards for friends and family. Bonus points if you can deliver them in person!
Decorate your home
“Love Is All Around” sang Wet Wet Wet years ago. Let’s show it by making themed decorations and covering your house with pink and red hearts! I can promise you that your kids will be so happy to spend quality time with you while making them and keeping on a display later on. You can dedicate the entire week leading to the Valentine’s Day for doing love-themed activities and keep decorations on during that time.
Give your kids a voucher for a one-on-one date with parent of their choosing
Quality time spent with your kids is without a doubt the best gift you can give them anytime. Giving them a special voucher for a one-on-one date with parent of their choosing can be a great idea. You can make them in two different ways. Some people like to create a few vouchers, with each one having an assigned activity to them. Others give one voucher and a list of activities to choose from. It’s your decision how you would prefer to approach that.
Prepare Valentine’s Day food
If you don’t feel comfortable making home decorations or you’re sick of seeing red hearts everywhere, this might be a great alternative for you. I bet kids would love fancy pink or heart-shaped food for breakfast. Preparing such food barely takes much more time. If you’re lacking ideas, check out this website for heart-shaped food recipes suitable for kids.
You can also make pink and red food. Pink pancakes for breakfast, heart-shaped strawberries or watermelon as a snack, pizza with red vegetables for dinner, you get the drill.
Bake cookies together
If you want to spend Valentine’s Day with children a bit differently, try baking cookies together. My kiddo started helping in the kitchen with simple tasks at 18 months and she loves it. Baking can be very messy, but it’s all about creating memories, isn’t it? Let them cut their own cookies and decorate with as many sprinkles as they want. Don’t forget about pink frosting, too.
Photoshoot in pinks and reds
If you’re like anything like me, then you certainly have thousands of photos of your children on your phone and you’re not on even one of them. It’s time to change that! Dress up in pink and red and have a photoshoot at home. You can also do it outside, weather permitting, preferably in your favourite location!
Do the Random Act Of Kindness together
Have you ever heard of a random act of kindness? It was started by Anne Herbert, who wrote “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a restaurant place mat. It means a selfless, unexpectedly committed action, no matter how big or small it is.
Valentine’s Day falls on the Random Acts of Kindness Week, so you can take this opportunity to teach your children about the importance of being kind to others.
Here are some ideas of a random act of kindness:
- complement each other
- call grandparents
- help in the kitchen
- have a judgement free day
- write handwritten letters to each other
If you want to learn more, don’t forget to check out The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’s website. It’s also a great resource of ideas!
Become a tourist in your own city
Hey, don’t laugh. Even if you live in a small town, you surely have some places worth visiting! If you can’t think of them, check in Google or on Google Maps. If you live in the middle of nowhere, visit the nearest town and treat it like a real trip. Plan fun activities, pack lunch and yummy snacks, and enjoy yourselves. If you’ve always wanted to visit a museum or go punting, now it’s a great time to do it.
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Look for red game
Here’s another fun Valentine’s Day activity that your kids will love. Look for red is all about searching for red things all around you. You can make a contest of who finds more red elements and put a timer on it. This game works perfectly as a distraction and can occupy your child for a long time. You can play it all year round, just switch red to any other colours or specific item, and you’re good to go!
Spend a day with family
Last two years were tough for everyone. With never-ending restrictions, you might feel disconnected from your family. Take advantage of the fact than meeting with others is no longer illegal and organize a meetup with your family. I feel like telling you to visit your grandparents is wrong and I shouldn’t say that. Here’s the truth, we don’t know what future holds for us. If you keep postponing your visit waiting for better times, don’t do it any longer. Take extra precautions and have fun! You can bring handmade Valentine’s Day card or cookies, they’ll surely appreciate it.
Say “I love you”
When was the last time you said “I love you” because you really felt like it, not because it’s something you always say when you leave the house or end a call? Now it’s your chance to change it. Tell your children that you love them and how special they are to you! Don’t forget about your partner too.
Snuggle up for a family movie night (watch movies about love)
Teaching your kids about love is a great idea. Spending Valentine’s Day with children is a perfect opportunity to help them understand the different kinds of love and how they should express them. There are many movies that are helpful, like Wall-E, E.T – the Extra-Terrestrial, or The Little Prince. All three of them tell stories focused on friendship between different species. If you’re looking for a movie showing romantic love, you might want to check Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, or Lady and the Tramp.
Put a twist on your bedtime routine
There’s so many things to do on Valentine’s Day with kids, even during bedtime routine.
Have your little one to take a bath filled with coloured water, for example. Bath Dropz are really popular, although you can also use just a simple bath bomb. You know the rule – only pinks and reds allowed today. Your child will love it, especially if you go down the bath bomb route. There is something interesting in the way bath bomb fizzes and dissolves in the water.
If your bedtime routine also includes reading books, choose a story about friendship, kindness, or love. I really enjoy reading the Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. Almost every popular children’s series like Clifford, Curious George, or Franklin has a book focused on Valentine’s Day, so you shouldn’t struggle to find a loved themed book with your little one’s favourite characters. If you don’t want to buy anything, just borrow one from a library. It might be a great opportunity to introduce your child to the idea of borrowing books, if you haven’t explored it yet.
How to spend Valentine’s Day with your kids – Conclusion
Holidays are the best time to establish new traditions. It brings your family closer and makes your holidays more memorable. Spending Valentine’s Day with children is just another excuse to start a new tradition while teaching them about the importance of love, being kind, and doing nice things to others.
Do you have any other ideas on how to spend Valentine’s Day with your kids? Please share them in the comments below!
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