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Easy Valentine’s Day Ideas For Kids

By Victoria Whipple.

Although the Day of Love may come from somewhat bloody origins (St. Valentine was beaten, stoned, and beheaded for performing illegal weddings in Ancient Rome in 270 A.D.), Valentine’s Day has cemented its place in western culture as a rosy day of decadent appreciation that brightens the otherwise gloomy winter months. Plans with a romantic partner are always exciting, but it’s important to make sure that we also celebrate with the other loves of our lives—our children.  Here are a few Covid-19 friendly ways to make February 14th a special occasion for the whole family.  The best part?  They make a big impact and require minimal effort.

 

Begin with Breakfast:

Depending on the dietary preferences of your child, the menu may vary, but a fun and healthy way to incorporate a rosy hue is to include fresh or freeze-dried strawberries in any sweet entrees (think: steel cut oatmeal, French Toast, and Yogurt).  Do the kids prefer to start their day savory?  Add red spices like paprika or cayenne pepper (if they like heat) to their plate.

 

Flower Facts

Buy your cherubs a bouquet of roses, then read up on a chart like this one (Rose Flower Meaning and Symbolism – FTD.com) so you can explain the symbolism behind the use of each color, according to historical flower gifting. Not only will your children feel loved with their new flora, but they will learn some cool flower facts that are unlikely to be taught in school.

 

Make Valentines for Family

This one may already be on your list, but there is something so special about sitting down with your child and a pile of construction paper to create a glitter-covered card from the heart. Pick a family member or friend (other than yourself) to receive the card and work out a design plan with your child before getting started.

If your child is younger, this might just mean taking the time to practice heavily supervised fine-motor skills like cutting and gluing paper.  As for pre-literacy aged children, it’s a super fun opportunity to practice their spelling.  And if you have older children, it becomes a project to create a meaningful note or detailed picture for someone special.

This is multi-purpose, because it builds that parent-child bond, and can also be a learning experience.  Additionally, it is a way to lead by example in the art of selflessness (remember, we are taking the time to create something special to give to somebody else).  This is also a great way to begin building up their work ethic.  I’ve had my daughter make cards for loved ones since she was first able to hold a crayon.  She would sit there and tell me about how hard she was working.  But at the end of the project, she would be so proud of this thing she created.  My daughter would run around showing her card to everyone and was excited to give it to the recipient.  And I built a wonderful memory with her.

 

Land of Sweets

Did somebody say chocolate?  If your child likes chocolate, this is the perfect day to give them a heart shaped box of it.  Bonus points if you can find some sugar with an ethical angle.  Whether your sweet surprise is made by a small local business, gives back a percentage of sales to support a good cause, or is made with fair trade ingredients, it’s meaningful to find a cause that is important to you.  This creates a great opportunity to teach your mini-me about the bigger picture in life, and the importance of acting in a way that helps others.  Talk about why you chose this brand of chocolate and what it means to you to do so.

 

Have A Valentine’s Dance Party

Make a Valentine’s-themed playlist for you and your little one to have a dance party to.  No matter the weather, a jazzy playlist full of songs about love will help to make the day special.  Even just ten minutes of dancing will create a bonding moment.   On top of that, moving around will help to give both you and the little one cardiovascular health benefits.  Don’t know where to begin?  Some great family-friendly options are: “All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles, “My Girl” by the Temptations, and Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend”.

 

FaceTime StoryTime

If circumstances prevent you from spending St. Valentine’s with your child in person, whether it’s because of work or because they are spending time with other family, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make them feel special and loved.  Give them a call!  If you both have access to a smartphone or computer (Zoom is also an option), a video call will be much more meaningful.  Additionally, FaceTime will allow for a fun way to celebrate while apart.  It can become an interactive Storytime.  Just keep a Valentine’s-themed storybook on hand (check out The Today Show’s list for inspiration 24 best Valentine’s Day books for kids – TODAY) and put fifteen minutes aside for a read aloud.  Hold the pictures up to the camera so that they can visualize and enjoy the story more fully.  Close enough to snuggle?  Finish the day with that Storytime in-person.

Cheers and Happy Valentine’s Day from EverReady Mom!


 

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