Be My Valentine: Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Day Ideas

Hearts, flowers, chocolates, oh my!  Valentine’s Day may be known as the ‘romantic’ holiday, but that doesn’t mean it only has to be about romance toward our significant others.  In all honesty, my husband and I consider Valentine’s Day to be more of a Hallmark holiday anyway, so we’ve decided it would be fun to make this day more about our little ones.  Why shouldn’t our kids be a part of this holiday of love as well?

Be My Valentine: Kid-Friendly Valentine's Day Ideas

Here are some kid-friendly ways to make Valentine’s Day even more full of family love:

Hearts on the door

Cut out red, pink, and white paper hearts.  Then write an inspiring or kind word or phrase that describes your child on each one.  Hang them all over their bedroom door for a happy surprise when they wake up on February 14th!

Streamers & Balloons

Easy and inexpensive!  All kids love colorful streamers and balloons.  Hang them on their doors, sneak some in their bedroom, or spread them around the living room.  It’ll be a hit no matter what!

Valentine Themed Breakfast

For us, this usually consists of pink or red heart-shaped pancakes and strawberries with some whipped cream.  Always a hit!  You could also do heart-shaped donuts or cinnamon rolls with pink frosting and sprinkles.  Or you could even spell out the word love using breakfast items like hash browns, scrambled eggs, bacon/sausage, and fruit.   

L O V E craft

Spell out the word love by painting the letter L, using your child’s handprint for the O, their footprints to form the V, and the painting the letter E.  Super easy and such a fun and special keepsake or a great Valentine’s gift for someone!

Flowers & a Movie

My husband started this Valentine’s tradition with our daughter when she was two.  He buys her flowers and a movie each Valentine’s Day.  Sometimes he includes a fun balloon.  I think it’s adorable and she looks forward to it each year.  Maybe it doesn’t have to be flowers and a movie, but you could start your own little Valentine’s Day gift tradition. I’m hoping to start my own little gift tradition with my son this year.

Make a Valentine’s Box

I have my students do this each year for our Valentine’s Day party and it is so fun to see what they create!  I’ve seen football fields, butterflies, Minions, rainbow creations, and even a Unicorn!

Homemade Valentines for School & Daycare

Here are some of my favorites…

  1. You Make my Heart POP – using Ring Pops candy
  2. XOXO Tic Tac Toe – make a small tic tac toe game board and include a box of Tic Tacs candy
  3. I Think You are A DOH ABLE – using mini play-doh cups
  4. You Make my Heart GLOW – using glow sticks
  5. Your Future is BRIGHT Valentine – using fun sunglasses
  6. You are Ex STRAW special – using fun crazy straws
  7. I am BLOWN away by you – using bubbles or bubblegum
  8. Wishing you a COLORFUL Valentine’s Day – using crayon boxes or Skittles 
  9. I love you to PIECES – using puzzle bags
  10. Valentine, I’m DRAWN to you – using fun glitter pens or Valentine-themed pencils
Roses are red, Violets are blue
Valentine’s Day can be special, For our little ones too!

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Ashley is a ‘small town’ girl who moved to the ‘big city’ of Cedar Rapids after high school. A graduate of Coe College, Ashley is currently a kindergarten teacher and a true lover of yoga pants, cozy sweatshirts, chai tea lattes and cookie dough. Ashley and her husband, Mitch, first met each other back in middle school, dated when they were freshmen in high school, then reconnected one final time via Facebook back in 2006 shortly after Mitch returned from his first deployment. They've stood by their vows of ‘for better or worse,’ and as they approach their 10 year wedding anniversary, they aren’t afraid to admit that marriage isn’t easy. They welcomed their first child, Stella Grace Bass, in May of 2013 and their second child, Archer Mitchell Bass, in December of 2017!