Celebrating Valentine’s Day as a Family
Not sure how to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little sweethearts? Here are some fun ways to make this event a special family day for all.
Make Memorable Healthy Meals.
Holidays offer ideal opportunities to create traditions your children will remember for life. Create healthy and nutritious signature dishes you have every Valentine’s Day here on out. Some yummy ideas to get you thinking:
- Heart Shaped Fruit Kebabs.
- A berry delicious smoothie looks quite festive for a snack.
- Heart-shaped meatloaf with mashed potatoes.
- You can’t go wrong with impressive-to-look-at hart-shaped decorated cookies or brownies.
- For something simpler, try this Raspberry Cream Cheese Heart Tarts
- Accompany any meal with sparkling cider in champagne glasses and suddenly you have a fancy feast.
Create Valentine’s Day Decorations
They are bound to pull at your heartstrings when you pull them out each year. For the simplest, make paper chains to hang from the ceiling or cut out hearts to tape to windows and walls.
Special Tea Party
Host a special tea party for favourite friends, real or imaginary. A tea party takes snack time to a whole new level. Serve finger sandwiches spread with strawberry cream cheese or jam, cookies and tea, of course. Load up your table with craft paper, doilies, foils, markers, crayons and paints to create homemade Valentines to deliver to Mom or Dad, a favourite sitter, and the grandparents.
Have A Photo Shoot.
Everyone loves to dress up, especially children. A special Valentine’s Day Photo Shoot will give you some good ideas on how to use props to mark the day. Try some fun props, such as hearts, balloons, streamers or red heart-shaped confetti.
Fine Motor Skills Activities
One popular posts has been 18 Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers. Get inspired to gather some favourites. These activities are great for pre-schoolers and kindergarten aged children that need to work on strengthening those important small hand muscles. Fine motor skills help with writing and cutting and become very important when children start school. These ideas are simple to set up and will provide fine motor practice in a fun way with a Valentine’s twist! Or get crafty and check out more fun Valentine’s Day crafts online. If you need more ideas you will love all these wonderful activities on Pinterest:
Share The Love & Do Good.
Do you know an elderly neighbor or friend who might not have a Valentine to celebrate with this year? Make his or her day by delivering a bouquet of flowers and a homemade card. Talk about the history of Valentine’s Day and list ways to show love or appreciation all year long, like how to be a good friend and how to include others.
Snuggle up for a Family Movie Night.
There are many cute Valentine’s Day movies for children, including: “Beauty and the Beast,” “Ever After,” “Lady and the Tramp,” and a sweet compilation of some of Disney’s best couples – “Mickey & Minnie’s Sweetheart Stories.”
Sing A Song Together
Your children will love singing along to some of these classic favourites
Read A Valentine’s Day Book Together
Sweet stories for a sweet holiday! Children’s Valentine’s Day books are a big part of childhood celebrations of the holiday! Children love hearing all the cute and funny stories, and there are so many great books to choose from! Below is a long list of some of best children’s Valentine’s Day books. We LOVE teaching during this time of year, as Valentine’s Day can be expanded beyond ‘romantic’ love to encompass kindness, giving, letter writing, poetry, and so many other great topics. Kids Valentine’s Day books are a great springboard for all sorts of academic and a great discussion starter.
- Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious Georgeby N. DeAngelo
- I Would Tuck You Inby Sarah Asper-Smith
- Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart by Jane O’Connor
Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!