Valentine’s Day isn’t just about fancy dinners, chocolates, and roses. It’s a day that should be spent expressing your love for others and taking extra time out of your day to make them feel special. For children, Valentine’s Day can be very exciting, especially when they know that each year their family does fun activities together. When a family begins a yearly tradition – even something as simple as filling out Valentine’s Day cards together– they are not only making the day enjoyable and memorable for their children, but they are helping their children learn ways to express their feelings.
At Educational Playcare, we incorporate Fun in everything we do, which is why it is one of our Core Values. Here are 10 fun, family-friendly activities to enjoy together:
- Fill out Valentine’s Day cards. Even if you purchase store bought cards, children can still get creative and put a personal spin on them. Break out the arts and crafts bin and decorate the cards for each recipient. You can also create homemade cards for neighbors.
- Get crafty and collect your children’s old and broken crayons. Break them up into small pieces and fill a heart-shaped silicon mold. Bake them at 250 degrees for about 15 minutes and then leave them to cool. Now you have heart-shaped mixed color crayons! Keep them for your children or use them as part of the Valentine’s Day gifts they are giving out.
- Make mailboxes to put outside bedroom doors so that the family can “send” Valentine’s Day cards, treats and gifts to one another. Families can even have each member make a mailbox for another family member and decorate it with all the things they love about that person.
- Create homemade decorations that your family will hang up each year. Be sure to date the decorations, so you can see how your children’s creativity changes over the years.
- Add a piece of artwork to your family’s collection. Cut out a heart on a piece of paper and tape it to a blank canvas. Have your child paint the canvas however they like. Once the paint is dry, remove the paper heart and hang up your newest piece of art.
- Recycle your toilet paper rolls and bend them into heart shapes. Use them as stamps to create works of art or to sign cards.
- Looking for something a little sweeter for Valentine’s Day? Bake the classics such as cookies, a cake, or cupcakes and decorate with Valentine’s Day themed colors, sprinkles, or candies! For a healthier treat, make fruit kabobs using watermelon, raspberries, and strawberries and dip them in some strawberry yogurt.
Any of these activities can be the start of your family’s annual Valentine’s Day traditions!