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25 sweet ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids

For so long, Valentine’s Day has been about celebrating your romantic and friend relationships. But now that you’re a mama, there are so many fun new ways to celebrate the cutest Valentine of all—your kiddo! They probably won’t cover the tab at dinner, but they may give you a crumpled up dandelion and two pennies as a present (which is still pretty great) .

We rounded up 25 ways to make this your best Valentine’s Day yet:

1. Give fun + inexpensive gifts

Katie Ketterick told us, “We try and make Valentines a fun day to show our littles how much they are loved! Nothing big and extravagant but they all have a large felt envelope from the Target dollar aisle! They make each other cards, and a card from Mom and Dad go in each one as well. We get them a little something fun like a new hair accessory, or a new pad of paper and crayons and Dad and brother give the girls tulips!”

📷: Katie Ketterick
📷: Katie Ketterick

2. Daytime hot chocolate date

📷: Thanh of Love and Sundays
📷: Thanh of Love and Sundays

3. String sweet decorations

4. Start a fun snack tradition

How cute is this?! Get the full recipe at Gimme Some Oven.

📷: Gimme Some Oven
📷: Gimme Some Oven

5. Watch a movie

A Charlie Brown Valentine or Lady and the Tramp would be perfect choices!

6. Plan a STEAM-themed activity

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. This one is perfect for a little scientist:

7. Host a tiny tea party

8. Make heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast

Psst: You can even sneak some healthy food into them.

9. Read Valentine’s Day themed books

We love Llama Llama I Love You and Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!

10. Take lots of photos

Need ideas? Check out Motherly’s Photography Class!

📷: Diana Spalding
📷: Diana Spalding

11. Tell your kids what you admire about them

This is such a sweet idea from Coffee Cups and Crayons:

📷: Coffee Cups and Crayons
📷: Coffee Cups and Crayons

12. Galentine’s Day out

Cait Thrashers shared, “My daughter and I have always done a Galentine’s Day outing! We get fancy, drink hot chocolates and treat ourselves to a little shopping!”

📷: Cait Thrasher
📷: Cait Thrasher

13. Put a love note in your kiddo’s lunchbox

Handmade Mood has these adorable ones you can print for free!

📷: Handmade Mood
📷: Handmade Mood

14. Dress them in hearts

Amanda Lynn told us, “My son was born on February 13, so he’s my Cupid! He’ll be two this year. I plan on making heart-shaped sugar cookies and making a simple craft with him and my youngest son. The picture below is my son on Valentine’s Day when he was born. The hospital provided heart hats for the Valentine babies.”

Psst: For the crafty among us, check out this pattern for a heart themed hat from dailycrochet.com.

📷: Amanda Lynn
📷: Amanda Lynn

15. Have a silly dance party

We know you Can’t Stop the Feeling.

📷: Janey Pakpahan
📷: Janey Pakpahan

16. Spend time as a family

Don’t forget to grab your partner and get them in on the fun too. This is also a great time to model #relationshipgoals for your child.

17. Homemade Valentines

Kira Broccolo shared that she plans to “[Send] out homemade Valentines from my 4-month old “love bug.” ❤️ With that face, how could she resist?

📷: Kira Broccolo
📷: Kira Broccolo

18. Play!

We love this adorable DIY Valentine’s Day ring toss from Little Family Fun:

📷: Little Family Fun
📷: Little Family Fun

19. Anything involving donuts

20. Mommy + me outfits

Matching pinks and reds are too adorable to resist.

21. Craft, craft, craft

There are so many cute ways to let even the littlest of artists celebrate the day of love.

22. Volunteer

What better way to teach your child about love than offering to help someone in need?

23. Bake (or buy) heart-shaped cookies

24. Count down in (delicious) style

How cute is this Valentine’s Day countdown from Eighteen25?!

📷: Eighteen25
📷: Eighteen25

25. Snuggle

Because at the end of the day, YOU are your child’s favorite Valentine. And we have a hunch that the feeling is mutual. Enjoy, mama!

Diana is Motherly’s Digital Education Editor. She is a midwife, pediatric nurse and founder of Gathered Birth. She loves all things birth, and is passionate about empowering women to trust themselves and embrace their inner rockstar. Diana lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and 3 amazing, goofy kids.


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