Help your little fall in love with February 14th by trying out a few of these thoughtful Valentine’s Day activities from former early childhood teacher Katie Baumgartner of Make to Celebrate.
Create a Family Heart Collage
This is a bonding activity you can do with your little for years to come: cut out a heart from a large sheet of construction or plain white paper, and have your child draw pictures of everything you love as a family—your favorite brunch spot, foods, movies to watch or books to read, family vacation destinations… the options are endless! (We love kid-friendly Ooly Chunkies Paint Sticks for this one—they dry super fast and look like paint!) Each year, you can pull out the memorable valentines and talk about how you’ve grown as a family unit.
DIY Your Teacher Gifts
Your child’s teacher or caregiver will feel oh-so-loved with a custom card—have your little color in a cut-out heart, then punch a hole and use a piece of string to tie it around a small bunch of flowers or a $5 gift card to your local coffee shop.
Have a Loved-Themed Reading Party
Snag a Valentine’s Day book from your local library (or order one online—Amazon links below!), grab a pair of heart-shaped sunnies, and snuggle up for a love-filled reading sesh! Here are a few of our favorite books:
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek
The rainbow heart on the cover of this sweet book is just the beginning of a cute story about all the different feelings you can have in your heart, like happiness and bravery.
Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! by Doreen Cronin
An adorable little duck works hard to create valentines for all of his friends, and the story reveals a message about spreading love and kindness to all.
Love Monster by Rachel Bright
Cute but hairy little Love Monster looks hard to find the perfect gift, and realizes you can find love in the most unusual places.
Paris: A Book of Shapes by Ashley Evanson
What better place to learn about shapes than the city of love? This tale is great for both babies and little tots.
I Like Me by Nancy Carlson
You’ll fall in love with this cute little piggy who is just trying to love herself, and spreads the great message that love starts from within!
Plan a Special Outfit
Pow wow with your little on their favorite red and pink looks for school or daycare next week! Here are a few of our favorites: