Valentine’s Day is the one day in the year when couples are expected to shower their other halves with gifts and affection. Many people instantly think of roses, romance, and dating when they hear the term. However, this doesn’t mean that the day can’t be enjoyed by the whole family. February 14th is a day for celebrating love, so what better time is there to teach your children about this emotion and how important it is to care for others? Read on to find out how to make Valentine’s Day special for your whole family.
Talk about love
Many children want to know about Valentine’s Day. However, they often think it’s a day solely for adults, which deters them from taking an interest. So, spend some time talking with your little one about this special day and what it involves. Talk about love and what the word means to you. Tell them how much you love them. You may also want to ask them questions to encourage them to think about love, family, and friendship. Who and what do they love? How can they show their family and friends that they love them? You might be surprised by their responses!
Enjoy Valentine’s Day crafts
Many people choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day with kids by getting crafty and making decorations to put around the house. There are many fantastic Valentine’s craft ideas to choose from online, from heart wreaths and dreamcatchers to pretty heart candles. Adding Valentine’s day décor to your home can help get everything in the spirit of the occasion. You could also get everyone to make cards or gifts for each other and then exchange them at the end. Don’t worry if you don’t have much creative ability – half the fun is in giving it a go!
Make special Valentine’s day treats
Valentine’s Day is the ideal opportunity to try some kid-friendly baking recipes. So, pick out some easy bakes to make with your little ones and get cooking up a storm in the kitchen. From heart-shaped jam tarts and cookies to red velvet cupcakes, there are so many ideas to choose from! Most toddlers and pre-schoolers love helping with baking. They tend to be very hands-on and enjoy kneading, stirring, and scooping the batter into baking pans. Once the bakes are finished, they can put their culinary creations into boxes and give them to family or friends.
Watch a Valentine’s day kids movie
Many people think that Valentine’s Day movies are strictly for adults. However, that’s just not the case. If you’re celebrating the day with kids, there are plenty of V-Day-themed films suitable for them. Movies which focus on topics like friendship and loyalty are usually the best. We recommend Beauty and the Beast, Lady and the Tramp, Gnomeo and Juliet, Enchanted, and Shrek. Snuggle on the couch as a family, dim the lights, and feast on Valentine’s Day treats as you watch the movie together.
Do random acts of kindness
If you want to spread the love this Valentine’s Day, why not encourage your family to carry out random acts of kindness. The term random act of kindness refers to an unexpected act of charity or helpfulness. Whilst it’s usually done for a stranger, they can also be done for family and friends. One great idea for a ROAK on Valentine’s Day is to get a bunch of red roses and then encourage your kids to pass them out to people. For example, if you’re going to a café, they could pass one to the waitress, or at school, their teacher.
ROAKs can make people smile and feel good about themselves, so what better time is there to do them than Valentine’s Day? Doing something nice for someone without expecting anything in return is surely one of the best ways to show kindness and love.
Play Valentine’s Day party games
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about sweet treats and cute crafts. If you have energetic kids who need entertaining on this special day, there are plenty of active games which promise bags of family fun. One great game is ‘Hearts and Showers’. This involves making paper hearts and marking some with a special drawing, sticker, or stamp. You should then pile them on top of a sheet or blanket. Players must stand around the edges of the sheet and then hold it up in the air.
Move the sheet (very slowly at first) to get the hearts moving. Then tell them to prepare for the Valentine shower. Count to five and then get them to lift the sheet quickly so that the hearts go flying up high into the air. Everyone should drop the sheet so that the hearts fall down. Players must collect as many as they can. Whoever gets the most marked hearts is the winner! There are many more V-day-themed games to be found online.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about adults, particularly if you have children. The day becomes more about family fun, and it’s the ideal opportunity to demonstrate to your little ones the importance of love and kindness.