Once only a holiday that acknowledged romantic love, Valentine's Day now celebrates the love of friendship and familial love!
So let's take Valentine's Day to a new level by loving on our children with quality time spent together and some cool gifts for kids.
What was Valentine's Day like when you were growing up?
Did you receive something special, maybe a special treat or an awesome gift?
Growing up in our house, Valentine's Day was for everyone! We always received a heart-shaped box of chocolates from See's Candy. It was a memorable treat that was well-curated with all of my favorite flavors. We knew it was special because we only received it once a year on Valentine's Day.
Valentine's Day is the perfect time to express all types of love. Whether it is romantic love or love for our family and friends. We can show love to our children, siblings, parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors.
Let's look at some cool gifts for kids that will leave them feeling loved long after the sugar rush!
Give The Gift Of Time
Be generous with your time. Set aside quality time for playing a game or reading a book. How about spending the afternoon baking cookies for friends and neighbors? Or would you rather make a special snack together for movie night.
What about creating Valentine's Day cards to show love for family and friends? Check out these kids Valentine's Day card ideas
How About A Love-themed Movie Night?
Gather the family, grab some Valentine's treats, and get comfy to watch one of these family-friendly movies.
- Beauty and the Beast
- Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
- Gnomeo & Juliet
- Lady and the Tramp
- Madly Madagascar
Whatever activities you choose, focus on quality time and give them your undivided attention.
Give The Gift Of Play
Giving the gift of play is one of the most valuable gifts we can give our children. Set aside time to make scented playdough and create "pretend" Valentine's chocolates. Or engage in a variety of block activities. Try a red Valentine-themed sensory bin.
Valentine Games For Preschoolers To Try:
Have A Valentine-themed Game Night.
- Try bingo, a heart-shaped matching game, Valentine charades, or "Cupid Says" (A Valentine version of Simon Says.)
- Set out a Valentine-themed or heart-shaped puzzle the week before and work on it each night, completing it on Valentine's Day.
- Set up a block maze, obstacle course, or relays with giant cardboard bricks. Find more Gross Motor Activities for Preschoolers here.
Organize A Valentine-themed Scavenger Or Treasure Hunt.
This is a fun family favorite! Create clues to guide everyone to the final prize. It could be a gift basket with some Valentine treats like a personalized stuffed animal or "lovie." You know, something soft and cuddly! Perhaps some new love-themed pajamas. If there will be treats and candy, you may include a toothbrush in your child's favorite color.
If you prefer, instead of one big prize at the end you could include cool presents for kids along the way. For example, here are some cool toy ideas:
- Art supplies like heart-shaped crayons, markers, colored pencils
- Love themed puzzles for puzzle night
- Playdough-colored and scented to make it special
- Small stuffed animals
- Tegu Pocket Pouch
- Valentine stickers
- Valentine's book (see some suggestion below)
Here are more Valentine Scavenger Hunt Ideas.
This one is my favorite. Valentine's Scavenger Hunt to Find the Ways I Love You.
Give The Gift Of Reading
A Few Books That Make Cool Gifts For Kids:
- "I Love You to the Moon and Back" by Amelia Hepworth
- "I've Loved You Since Forever" by Hoda Kotb
- "Little Blue Truck's Valentine" by Alice Schertle
- "Love from the Crayons" by Drew Daywalt
- "Love" by Stacy McAnulty
- "My Magical Words" by Becky Cummings
- "The Love Letter" by Anika Aldamuy Denise
- "Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug" by Jonathan Stutzman
- "You Are My Happy" by Hoda Kotb
Give The Gift That Gives Back
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Give The Gift Of Love
Why not show your kids that love is first found in a family long before romantic love. Make it a special day. Cuddle and give lots of hugs. Show love through kindness. Give them a small gift that will be a reminder of how much they are loved. Let them know they are special and will always have a place in your heart. Just love on them!
Leading up to Valentine's Day, you could complete the Kindness Countdown. It is a wonderful way to invite kids to show love and kindness in a fun way. Grab the Kindness Countdown printable here.
This Valentine's Day and every day, give them your greatest gift of time, play, and love❤️.
How will you share your love on Valentine's Day?