Hubs and I have a dinner date lined up this Saturday – without kids thank you very much! Of course Valentine’s Day is traditionally for couples, but my kids really get into it too. My four-year-old has been doing tons of Valentine’s Day crafts and activities at preschool, and she’s crossing off the days on her little calendar. Even my two-year-old knows something is afoot, possibly having to do with hearts and cookies. So for them, here are some ideas for how to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the toddler and preschool crowd too.
1. Read A Valentine’s Day Book
Snuggle up and read some books about love. This list should help you get started.
2. Make Valentines Together
Make homemade valentines for the family. Grab some card stock, red and pink crayons, paint, paper doilies, glitter, heart stamps, seasonal stickers, and whatever else you have around and set your kid’s creativity loose!
3. Watch Valentine’s Day Specials
While there aren’t anywhere near as many as there are for Christmas, there are a few Valentine’s Day TV specials and movies to be found. Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You is one of our favourites, and A Charlie Brown Valentine and Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown can still be picked up on DVD.
4. Organize a Valentine’s Day Chocolate Hunt
Hey, why should Easter get all the hunting fun? It’s so easy to organize a Valentine’s Day chocolate hunt. Hide Hershey’s kisses around the house, give each child a little basket, and set them loose. I make our chocolate hunts interactive and less frustrating for the younger set by giving hot and cold clues while they’re searching.
5. Make (and Eat!) Valentine’s Day Cookies
Bake and decorate heart shaped sugar cookies together. Even the littlest toddlers can help put sprinkles on, and older kids can help make the cookies themselves.
6. Have a Valentine’s Day Tea Party
Throw a Valentine’s Day tea party with the aforementioned heart shaped cookies and some pink lemonade.
7. Fancy Dress
Dress up all in pink or red for the afternoon. Be creative with clothing and your accessories to get this bright Valentine’s Day look.
8. Think of Others
Share the spirit of love and charity by doing something kind for someone else. Surprise an elderly neighbour living alone with some flowers or chocolates, or visit your local food bank with a donation. Role modeling is one of the best ways of passing along your values to your children.
9. Go for a Valentine’s Day Walk
If the weather permits, go for a walk together. This is a wonderful opportunity to take a break from the busy everyday tasks that can get in the way of really appreciating family time together. Explore your neighbourhood hand in hand and look for things that remind you of Valentine’s Day or love. See if you can spot a heart-shaped rock, two trees entwined, or some early flowers.
10. “I Love You!”
Learn how to say, “I love you!” in another language.
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