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7 Kid-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and, sure, it’s usually focused on romance—but love is really what’s at the core of the holiday. So what are some ways you can have a kid-friendly Valentine’s Day? (Other than just giving them small plush toys or chocolates?)

Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate!

WRITE LOVE NOTES

Love notes don’t have to just be romantic; you can also write them to your kiddos. Tell them what you love most about them—their humor, confidence, ambition, and so on.

HOLD A VALENTINE’S-THEMED PICNIC

Now, this may depend on the weather, but if it’s a beautiful day, head out to the park with a stocked picnic basket in tow. The kiddos can play awhile on the playground, then when it’s time to chow down, bring out the goodies. Consider serving everything on red or pink plates with heart-shaped sandwiches or napkins. Or go all out with some strawberry milk for more on-theme treats.

SEND THEM ON A VALENTINE’S SCAVENGER HUNT

This can be so much fun but will also wear them out. (Win, win.) Create a short list, about 10 items, that have a Valentine’s twist. The scavenger hunt can be done in a park, your backyard, your home or out and about. Use items that you’re already aware of, such as a red awning at that one boutique, roses at the playground or a mural with hearts in it. Get creative!

DECORATE THEIR ROOM

Having a decorated room really gets kids in the spirit. Cover their door in those love notes your wrote for them, hang pink and red streamers from the top of their door to walk through, hang the heart wreath on the door that they made with you—you get the idea.

CREATE VALENTINE’S CRAFTS WITH THEM

From a heart wreath and love bugs to Valentine paper houses and 3D heart cards, there’s crafts that everyone will love to make!

GIVE VALENTINE’S CARDS TO FAMILY OR NEIGHBORS

Now that you made those fun paper houses or 3D cards, deliver them to family or neighbors. They might put a little more effort into making the cards if they know who they’re making them for.

TAKE THEM SHOPPING FOR VALENTINE’S GIFTS

On Valentine’s Day, it’s great for kids to learn that it’s just as important to give love as it is to receive love. So take them with you when you get gifts for their siblings or for your significant other. Help them pick out something they can give them.

Need some other Valentine’s ideas? Check out 14 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids (That Aren’t Candy), 14 Ways to Make Valentine’s Day More Fun or Why Everyone Should Have a Valentine’s Day Tree.

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