How To Celebrate Valentine's Day with Kids

Updated: Mar 8


Happy Valentine's Day!



Valentine's Day is a day full of LOVE.


Should children celebrate Valentine's Day too?


Yes! - But, it should not be commercially forced onto them.

Instead, it can subtly be used as an excuse to have a day all about loving and caring.


Snuggling-up. Making DIY cards, playing games and singing songs together. Baking heart-shaped treats and making red coloured drinks with heart-shaped ice cubes in them!


Only choose to buy a little gift if you think it's necessary. We'll give you a few cute ideas!


In this Valentine's day Blog Post, you will find ideas on how to approach the subject of Valentine's Day with young children. You will also find:

  • 3 top children's books to read for Valentine's day. (See all our books for special occasions here: Children's Books for Celebrations )

  • A Valentine's cookie recipe for iced shortbread hearts.

  • Exciting activity suggestions.

  • 5 great, inexpensive gift ideas.

  • Craft ideas - DIY Valentine's Day cards. A winged papier-mache heart.

  • The best songs for children to sing for Valentine's Day!



How to approach the subject of Valentine's day.


Give your child a brief and simple explanation as to what Valentine's day means:


Every year we celebrate our love for one another. This happens on February 14th. We express our love to those close to us by sending them a loving message, giving them a special card. Or we show our love by sharing the old tradition of giving them a gift such as chocolates or flowers.


Highlight the fact that for sure, we need to love and care for one another every day, but on Saint Valentine's day, we can express it more by doing special things and showing it physically.


Red love hearts are the classic symbol of Valentine's Day - Children can look out for them as you'll start to see them everywhere just before February 14th.


How did Saint Valentine's day start?...


...The origins of Valentine's day


Here's a summary - you can shorten it some more depending on the age of your child...


Well, not much is known about Saint Valentine.

It is thought that this Saint had arranged marriages between soldiers and women when it as not allowed to do so. He was thrown in jail, where he fell in love with the jailer's daughter. Saint Valentine left a letter to her signed 'From Your Valentine'. (He was put to death on Feb 14th)


The Romans started to celebrate the coming of Spring with a festival (Called Lupercalia in the year 496)

Boys and girls would dance together for the festival and say that they were boyfriend and girlfriend for the duration of the festival.

Later on, the Christians decided to use this festival as a day to remember Saint Valentine!



After you've let your child know that Saint Valentine's Day is a day to show love to those that we care about, let them have some fun making small heart gifts or cards.

They can listen to and learn easy, fun songs about loving one another. Plan a few age-appropriate heart-themed activities. Why not cuddle-up and share a special Valentine's Day story.



Pour your heart into storytelling

3 perfect storybook recommendations for Valentine's Day.


Love From The Crayons

Ages 5 - 8 years

By Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers



Pete The Cat Is Cool

Ages 4-8 years

By James Dean & Kimberly Dean



Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse!

Ages 0 - 4 years

By Laura Numeroff



Get baking!

Yummy Valentine's Day Hearts


Shortbread heart cookies - with icing



Recipe


Makes 12 shortbread cookies

Ingredients...

  • 150g of unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 75g icing sugar powder

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

  • 250g of plain flour

  • 1/2 tsp of salt

Icing...


250g icing sugar powder

2 egg whites

  • Food colouring in your desired colours

  • Optional - 5 drops of white wine vinegar (to make the icing shiny)

  • Optional - sprinkles!

Print the full recipe...


Recipe_Valentine Cookies
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Download PDF • 121KB

If you don't want to ice your cookies - no problem -

Play around by colouring the shortbread dough!




Games and activities for Valentine's Day...


  • Face painting!

You don't need to be an expert artist. How about just painting hearts on your little one's cheeks?

Both girls and boys will love having these hearts painted on their faces.



  • Make a valentines card

All you need is:

Some card, crayons, felt-tip pens, or coloured pencils. Sheets of white paper. Scissors and glue. Glitter (Optional)

  1. Fold the card to make it into a stand-up card.

  2. Draw and colour hearts onto white paper any way you like.

  3. Cut them out and glue them onto the front of the card. (Your child could also use paint to do heart shapes by pressing down their painted fingertips in 2 slanted positions!)

DIY valentine's card for kids. Finger-paint. Using finger tips
Finger-tip heart shapes

Optional:

You can use glitter to add some sparkle to your card if you like!

Let your child draw inside the card - small children love to attempt to write even if they don't know how to - it looks so cute and makes a memorable keepsake.


Keep it simple and sweet - Let your kids say it with love

funny Valentine's day card by kids
Mum and Dad, you are lucky you are alive!


DIY valentine's day card for pre-schoolers.
Valentine's Day cards made by pre-schoolers

  • Air-dry salt dough hearts

We made these salt dough hearts with a group of pre-schoolers.

After making the no-bake salt dough recipe, red food colouring was added - my dough turned out pink!.

I let the children stamp out the hearts with a cutter. Now is the time to prick a hole into them if you wish to make them into pendants)

I let the dough air-dry for 2 days. Then I coated both sides with white glue and let them dry again. You can choose to do one more coat of glue and sprinkle them with sparkly glitter! </