Celebrating Valentine’s Day with kids is a lot of fun. See how you can make the day extra special with activities and crafts for kids.
Who is ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the classroom or at home!? I know it can be an exciting and fun day for the kids (and an exhausting day for teachers and parents!). It’s a fun day to share candy, activities, and, of course, a little extra love with your little ones. Here are 10 kids activities for Valentine’s Day to help bring some excitement to the learning that goes on at this time of year.
- Look at these adorable Valentine boxes created by kids as a family project! This is a fun way to get kids thinking creatively and expressing themselves. You can see their personalities really come through with their personalized boxes. Try making your own with a shoebox and art supplies.
- Have your kids or students write a personal letter to somebody they love — their best friend, sibling, or even a parent or grandparent. This is the perfect way for young kids to get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day and make somebody in their life feel really special.
- Enlist your kids in helping you with regular tasks, like cleaning, making dinner, or laundry. Valentine’s Day is a special time to express how much you care about each other. Mundane daily tasks are just one of the ways you express this love all the time. You can spend quality time with your kids while teaching them everyday skills. At the same time, you’ll be demonstrating just how much you care about them with the tasks you do every day.
- Reading and Writing Red Head has some great ideas on NO Candy options for Valentine’s Day. Sometimes kids are overloaded with sugar on holidays like Valentine’s and Halloween! It’s great to have alternative options that will still put a huge smile on any kid’s face.
- Do something special that your kids are always asking to do. What is that one thing your kids are always asking for — to go to a movie? Play in the park? Valentine’s Day is a perfect day for spontaneity! Seize the moment and get out of the house for a special activity.
- Read a Valentine’s Day-themed book.
- Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper is an adorable story for young kids about friendship and problem-solving. When a couple of hedgehogs struggle to express their affection for each other through hugging, they put socks on their bodies to achieve maximum hugging possibilities!
- Oh No, Little Dragon! by Jim Averbeck is the perfect story for any momma’s boy! When a dragon loses his fire, he feels himself growing warm again at the prospect of his mother’s love. This story is both funny and sweet with great illustrations to match.
- One Love by Cedella Marley emphasizes using your love and caring nature to help those around you. Based on the song by Bob Marley, this book is perfect for young kids who love to groove!
- Teaching poetry? Check out this Valentine’s Poetry activity by The Watering Hole. When you think of Valentine’s Day and expressing love, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Love poetry! This is a great poetry activity for kids.
- Want your kids to make the plans for the Valentine party this year? Check out this Project Based Learning activity from Performing in Education that does just that!
- Valentine’s Day is on February 14th. Fact. It is a fun holiday. Opinion. Get your kids practicing this skill with this fun Fact and Opinion activity by Teaching Momster. It’s a great way to integrate the holiday into a learning activity!
- Bake something! There’s no way around it, sweets are everywhere on Valentine’s Day! There’s something just a little extra special about baking with your kids that a box of chocolates can’t replicate.
Have fun! Remember that today is all about expressing love, through whatever means you have. Your children’s relationship with friends and family is one of the most important things in their lives. Maintaining positive relationships with everybody in their lives and expressing sincere feelings will only help them later in life. What do you do for Valentine’s Day? How do you make the day special for kids? We would love to hear your ideas, tips, and tricks!