Valentine’s Day is a day for romance celebrated around the world.
Considering the millions of roses and cards sold around this special day every year, it’s definitely one of the most universal days for sharing affection.
However, it’s not just a day for lovers and couples. You can use Valentine’s Day to shower anyone important to you with affection—kids, parents, friends, teachers, and so on. After all, you want to celebrate and uplift the ones you love! This will also remind your kids that there are many different forms of love and that they receive love from a variety of places. It is not just about how many Valentine’s Day notes they receive at school.
Furthermore, once your kids start getting old enough to navigate the turbulent times of puppy love and first crushes, Valentine’s Day is a good time to check in with them and see how they’re processing things. First crushes, best friends, secret admirers... you want to make sure they know what to do with all these new things! February 14th is the perfect time to show them you care. You can do this with the traditional little gifts, chocolates, cards, and activities, but also with a little emotional catch-up.
The day should be a joyous day for all involved! Check out some of these Valentine’s Day kids activities that you can incorporate to loop them into the fun. Or, if you and your partner have a special date night planned for the evening, you can set aside these activities for your kids to do with the babysitter. This way, everyone gets to participate in the day!
Valentine’s Day DIY Skeeball
Make your kids’ Valentine’s Day one full of games and excitement. Why not set up a skeeball game in the living room for your kids to enjoy all night? This craft involves a bit of complicated assembly, but with a little ingenuity, you can build your very own skeeball set-up (and it’s a good game to have around the rest of the year, too). Decorate the setup with cut-out hearts for the scoring holes, and let your kids aim for hearts this Valentine’s Day.
Conversation Hearts Bingo
Everyone knows and loves bingo! And if your kids don’t yet, it’s very easy to pick up. Use those famous Sweethearts conversation heart candies as bingo pieces to make a fun, holiday-themed game—with a treat at the end! If you’re really planning ahead, you can also get customized candy hearts made for the day. This way, you can personalize your messages for your kids specifically, and let them know just how much they are loved.
The “Kissing Booth”—With a Sweet Twist
The kissing booth is a Valentine’s Day classic, but how do you make it family-friendly? Why, with Hershey’s candy kisses, of course! Riffing on the name, this activity doesn’t involve anyone actually kissing each other. Rather, you set up a kissing booth with a jar of Hershey’s candies. Deck out your set-up with all the traditional Valentine’s Day decor—the hearts, the cupids, all of it. Take turns guessing how many kisses are in the jar. The winner gets the jar full of candy for a Valentine’s Day treat!
DIY Love “Bugs”
Everyone wants something special they can remember their Valentine’s Day with. When we get older, that usually takes the form of flowers or jewelry or a different trinket or gift. For your kids though, especially those that are preschool-aged, these cute little love bugs make an awesome Valentine’s Day gift and that little something special they can keep to remember the day!
All it takes is some toilet rolls, paint, felt or craft paper, and decorative items like shiny and colorful pipe cleaners and beads to create these cute little love bugs. Once the excitement of Valentine’s Day is over, your kids can put their special love bugs on display in their bedrooms. For an added special touch, why not stick a little love note somewhere on the love bug for them.
The Joy of Valentine’s Day For Everyone
Valentine’s Day will always be a special day for sweethearts around the world. But love comes in many forms and faces, and expressing love to your kids on this day is just as important. These expressions of affection stay with them their whole lives. Take this holiday as an occasion to teach them about the true value of expressing love for each other.
Once you’ve celebrated with the kids, however, it’s time for you and your partner to have your own special Valentine’s Day evening. Be sure to book a sitter well in advance! For obvious reasons, this is a very popular day for babysitters; they go quickly.
Using a service like Nanno to find your sitter can help you arrange the perfect Valentine’s Day. Nanno specializes in finding quality childcare, on-demand. With a network of sitters and nannies spanning across most metro U.S. regions, you’re sure to find the help you need. Every babysitter is pre-screened and rigorously vetted, too, so you know your kids are in good hands.
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