Remember back when you were little and Valentine’s Day was simpler and didn’t come with any pressure? Back when Valentine’s Day was just about candy and passing out your favorite cartoon character valentines with cutesy sayings to your classmates. You probably made construction paper heart cards in class or received a box of candy and a card from your parents. Somehow over the years, the day has turned into more of a Christmas 2.0
Instead of feeling the pressure to buy yet another stuffed animal or Valentine’s Day trinket at the store, I try to keep it simple and low-key. I love doing simple, cute Valentine’s Day activities with my children. Below is my list of super-easy ideas to do with your kiddos:
Sidewalk chalk art. Take advantage of a pretty day and soak up some Vitamin C. Grab a few pieces of chalk and have your littles draw hearts, rainbows, and “I Love Yous” all down the driveway. Super easy, right?
Homemade Decorations. Use construction paper to cut out red, pink, and white hearts. Help them to tie the hearts together with some string to form a banner. Pull out the glitter, stickers, and markers to make creative one-of-a-kind Happy Valentine’s Day decorations.
Game Night. There are several free printable Valentine’s Day games out there to play as a family. Our family loves playing Bingo. Check out this free printable, perfect for younger children. Once you have printed out all the pieces, have your kids help cut everything out with safety scissors. Then throw all the pieces in a small dish, shake them up, and play over and over. Pick up extra Skittles, M&Ms, or conversation hearts to use as card markers.
Festive Breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, why not make it fun and festive? Think heart-shaped pancakes or waffles. Add some pink or red food coloring to make the heart-shaped goodies extra special and on theme.
Kid-Friendly Charcuterie Night. Grazing boards aren’t just for fancy dinner parties anymore. We do a kid-friendly Valentine’s Day charcuterie board and set up picnic style in the living room. Let your kids help arrange the board. Bite-sized fruits, cheeses, and of course a few sweets are the perfect way to make Valentine’s Day feel more special.
All of these ideas are perfect for anyone who wants to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit with their children. These activities can be done in no time and most need very little materials. So go ahead and get your children involved and most importantly remember to have fun with it!