Celebrating Valentine’s Day as a Family

childrens hands forming to make a heart

Happy Valentine’s Day! This annual holiday is always celebrated on February 14th, and while this Valentine’s Day may look different than those in past years, it doesn’t mean it can’t be a great day. We’ve got some great ideas to help make the day fun and loving for the entire family. So get your heart eyes on and get ready to celebrate!

Make a Day of It

Don’t wait until dinner time to start the celebration! Kick-off your Valentine’s Day first thing in the morning. Leave love notes for your kids and significant other on their breakfast plates. Make heart-shaped pancakes with heart cookie cutters and heart-shaped strawberries (just slice them lengthwise!). Or shake some red and pink sprinkles onto your usual oatmeal or cereal.

For lunch, use your cookie cutters again to make heart-shaped sandwiches or heart-shaped slices of cheese. Plan a heart-shaped pizza for a family dinner together complete with some deliciously healthy treats!

Spread the Love

We could all use a little more connection. Spread (safely!) the love to your neighbors, friends, and family too. Create little valentines to drop off on doorsteps. Have little hands practice writing skills by signing valentines, or by writing out all of the things they love about their friend or family member. Grab some window markers and decorate your windows with messages of love, or (with permission) leave some love notes for others on their windows.

Acts of service are great ways to share love too! Bring in a neighbor’s trash can, rake leaves, shovel a walkway, leave a funny note for the mail carrier – even the smallest act of love can go a long way!

Play a Game

Few things bring a family together than some game time! Check out these fun Valentine’s Day themed games to play together. From word searches to Pictionary, to musical chairs, these fun games will be sure to keep everyone laughing and entertained.

Get Crafty

Create some beautifully themed decorations for your home, or just enjoy some craft time with the kids. With just a few supplies from around the house, you can make some fun themed crafts – and the bonus? Lots of the movements they require from little hands are great for practicing fine motor skills too!