10. Surprise All of Your Valentines
Give each child a small treat or gift, along with one for yourself and your partner, if applicable. My husband picked up a baby zhu zhu pet as our daughter’s Valentine gift, and she was pretty excited to receive it early this morning!
9. Serve Only Red Food
Get creative and serve up apples, cherries, strawberry milk, cherry tomatoes, and any other red foods you can think of. Use natural food coloring if you wish for some fun heart-shaped pancakes.
8. Make Up Your Own Valentine Punch
There’s something about Valentine’s Day that makes you want to just drink punch. We like to mix Hawaiian punch, sherbet ice cream, and Sprite to make a simple, kid-friendly fruity punch. Develop your own special family punch that you only make this day of the year.
7. Bake Something Delicious
Celebrate both Valentine’s Day and Bake for Family Fun Month with some of these ideas.
6. Have a Valentine’s Movie Marathon
We went all over looking for Valentine films (such as those from the Charlie Brown universe or the Alvin and the Chipmunks series) the other day with nothing to show for it; however, we can all easily watch these films by searching for them over at YouTube. You will have to click a couple of times to watch each part of Charlie Brown chasing after the little red-haired girl, but you’ll still get to see it—and for free.
5. Wear Red
This is a simple activity that everyone can do. Help toddlers learn their colors by making today Red Day. Draw red or pink hearts on each other’s faces with nontoxic marker or face paint.
4. Get Crafty
Valentine’s crafting is even more fun than Christmas crafting (though not as much as Halloween crafting!) in our household. Make hearts with tissue paper and put them on the windows like sun catchers. Use pink mini marshmallows and toothpicks to create your own valentine sculptures. Make red and white paper chains, tons of little folded hearts, and other lovey-dovey stuff.
3. Make a Tree of Love
Create a tree out of construction paper and write all of the things you love on hearts together to hang on it. Use sticks in a vase for a 3-D effect if you prefer.
2. Read Valentine Books
From Clifford to Charlie Brown to the Valentine Mice, there are plenty of selections. Just visit your library. There are also plenty of books about love and loving one another, such as I Love It When You Smile and Guess How Much I Love You.
1. Sing Silly Love Songs
Make a mixed tape and teach your kids all of your favorite romantic hits, even the groan-worthy ones! From “Love Me Tender” to “Chasing Cars,” there’s bound to be at least one song that will appeal to both your toddler and your teen.