Valentine’s Day activities for kids
by Melissa Brodsky
Winter fun doesn’t have to end once New Year’s Day has passed. Valentine’s Day provides the opportunity to get back in a festive mood! Here are some fun ideas you can use whether it’s your turn to be room parent or you just want to do these at home with your little Valentines (kids).
Valentine’s Day Crafts
What fun is Valentine’s Day without crafts involved?
Set up your child’s class or your kitchen/craft area to include craft stations at which children can make not only traditional valentines but also other gifts that show friendship, love, or appreciation.
For example, one station could include construction paper for cutting out hearts, glue, glitter, confetti, foam or felt cut-outs, and other accessories for do-it-yourself valentines. Another station could include card-stock paper, glue, and embellishments for making cards.
Friendship bracelets can prove a big hit this time of the year, so set up a station for making them as well. You might even set up a station for crafting frames out of popsicle sticks, allowing students to paint and decorate them as desired. Once they’re dry, all the kids have to add is a favorite photo.
Valentine’s Day Sweets for the Sweet
They say food is the way to a person’s heart, so why not let the kids have a great time making and sharing some tasty Valentine’s Day treats? Maybe they’ll even share some with you.
Some good ideas include cut-out treats in the shape of hearts, heart-shaped cookies, Valentine’s Day cupcakes, and marshmallow pops (heart shaped, of course) or other heart shaped food ideas. You can even get the kids involved in making homemade Valentine’s Day mints.
Goodies for the Less Fortunate
Choose a homeless shelter or hospital ward (such as one with children) and package up goodie bags or boxes to give to the less fortunate. Travel over as a class or family to hand them out.
This idea does require some planning, as you’ll need to contact the shelter or hospital in question and find out what you can include in the packages and when you can hand them out. You’ll also need transportation and permission from each child’s parents if planning as a classroom trip, but it’s a worthy cause.
Make the gathering of goodies simple by creating a list and having each child/family contribute something on it.
Visit Michaels or Hobby Lobby for all your Valentines Day craft needs.
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