Children enjoy a holiday, especially a holiday that revolves around gifts and candy. However, it is important to teach children why Valentine’s Day is celebrated. Here are several activities that can help children learn more about this special day and inspire them to be creative.
Valentine Dinner With the Kids
Instead of just planning a Valentine dinner for mom and dad, try setting aside a special time to have a special dinner as a family or as kid and parent. Some parents do not have much time to spend with their children, and often have trouble keeping up with everything going on in their child’s life. Setting aside a time to enjoy each other’s company and have fun is very important. The best thing about a Valentine dinner with kids is, it can be less expensive and more fun.
Surprise them with ice cream for dinner or a trip to their favorite restaurant. Even better, have a Valentine picnic as a family at a local park, play area, beach, or take some toys and games to an open field and have fun. Children love to be active. Having a simple picnic and play time with the kids on Valentine’s Day is a great way to show love for one’s child. At the end of the picnic, give the kids some chocolate valentines or a card and thank them for a great day and all the love they bring to the family.
Valentine Craft Day
Children enjoy getting messy and being creative. Try to set aside some time to teach children about Valentine’s Day by letting them create Valentine crafts for the whole family. The choices of what to do for crafts is large, but perhaps the easiest thing to do would be making cards.
For Valentine cards, items needed include:
- Red, pink, white construction paper
- Crayons or markers
Help children cut out hearts or draw hearts on their cards, and let them come up with silly sayings for this special day. Let them have fun drawing and writing for each family member, and then on the big day let them present their cards to everyone. Not only does this give the parents and children a chance to spend time together, it encourages creativity and a chance to show love and appreciation to all those in their lives.
Children love cookies, and it is always fun to let them experience the joy of cooking and creating as a family. Items needed are:
- Sugar cookie mix
- Vegetable oil
- Rolling pin
- Heart shaped cookie cutters
- Red, white, and pink icing in a tube
Follow the directions on the cookie box, and place flour on a flat surface. Roll out the cookie dough and let the children cut out heart shapes. Cook for nine to 12 minutes and let cool completely. Once the cookies are cooled, help the kids decorate the cookies with icing. To add to the fun, give a cookie to friends or family with a note that says, “Happy Valentine’s Day, from (child’s name).”
Candy Heart Bags
This is a fun project that can be done for families or friends. The items needed are:
- Red and pink construction paper
- Red, white, and pink yarn
- A hole puncher
- Markers or vrayons
- Candy to put in the bags
- Cut large valentines from the same color construction paper, be sure they are the same size.
- Place them together and punch holes, about an inch apart around the valentine.
- String yarn through the holes, leave enough at the end to hold on to or to be able to hang and tie together.
- Write Valentine sayings on the bags, or just “Happy Valentine’s Day.”
- Place candy in the bags and give to family or friends.
Be sure the candy will not break the bag. To add more depth to the bag, place valentine colored tissue paper and a small card in the bag along with the candy. At the end, surprise the kids with a bag of their own.
Valentine Mail Box
This is easy and fun for the family. Items needed are:
- A Shoe box
- Red or pink wrapping paper
- Red and pink construction paper
- Wrap the lid and shoe box separately with the same color paper.
- Make a 3-4 inch rectangular slit in the lid, or one large enough to drop notes or small valentines in.
- Place the lid on the box.
- Cut hearts from the construction paper and glue on to the box.
- Place the box in a well travelled area of the house.
Encourage the family to drop daily notes of appreciation, acts of kindness, and love for each other as they pass by daily. On Valentine’s Day evening, open the box and read the notes as a family. Talk about how great it is to have such a kind and loving family. Continue to encourage children to remember the love that surrounds them daily and to always appreciate all those who care for them, and let them know they are appreciated always.
These are all easy activities to bring the meaning of Valentine’s Day to life for children. Everyone needs to know they are loved on Valentine’s Day. Children will enjoy time spent together doing the projects and learn more about this fun holiday.