Simple Valentine's Day Celebrations

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck. It originally appeared February 2011.

Valentine”s Day is just around the corner.  I”ve written before about how I believe we should always be telling our kids we love them, and showing them with more than our words, as well.

However, I also enjoy that a day has been set aside just for the purpose of celebrating love and I like the idea of an extra-special “love day.”

Like many of you, I”m thinking about budget-friendly but fun things that I can do for the holiday that will make my kids smile.  Celebrations don”t have to be expensive or extravagant to make the day a memorable one.

In fact, it is often the little things that children remember and talk about from year to year.  Those are the memories they carry with them into adulthood.

Here are a few simple ideas for Valentine”s Day …

Be Colorful

Reds and pinks are the colors of the day.

  • Get dressed in red and/or pink.
  • Set the table with a colored tablecloth – Do you have any red dishes? Cups or coffee mugs?
  • Decorate with red and pink paper hearts.
  • Make some pink and red .
  • Make red or pink smoothies (we keep frozen strawberries and cherries on hand just for pink smoothies.)
  • Write a love note in red crayon.

Heart Shaped

  • Draw a heart on the mirror with a dry erase marker.
  • Watercolor sheets of paper with reds and pinks and, once dry, cut out paper hearts.
  • Make “stained glass” hearts by layering crayon shavings between two layers of waxed paper and ironing on low heat (be careful! This is a good “grown ups only” project)
  • Cut their morning toast or afternoon sandwich bread into a heart shape with a large cookie cutter.
  • Cut hearts out of newspaper and make garlands.
  • Bake heart shaped cookies.

Do Some Crafting Together

  • Color pictures together – what can you make with just red and pink crayons?
  • Do some paper folding.  The Toy Maker has some neat things to make for Valentine”s Day.
  • Make some red and pink paper chains, use them to decorate.
  • Draw with white crayon on water color paper and then paint over it with a wash of water color paint, creating resist paintings.
  • Cut shapes from felt and make some pictures.
  • Make some tissue paper roses with pipe cleaner stems.

Other Ideas

  • Cook a special meal together.  Perhaps eating dinner by candle light?
  • Write a love note to your child, telling them why they are so special to you.
  • February weather permitting, take a walk together.  Talk to each other, and be sure to really listen, too.
  • Have dry sidewalks or a snow free driveway?  Get out the sidewalk chalk and create a GIANT Valentine.

What are your plans for Valentine”s Day? In what simple ways will you celebrate and spend time with your kids?

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. my best memory of valentine’s is getting my very own chocolate filled heart. so I already got him one that I’m giving to my son. we got valentine’s balloons we’ve been playing with all month – catch, keep the balloon in the air, etc…we’ll probably make pancakes. and some tissue or felt flowers for family. and we’ll maybe do our nails. (yes he likes them to be painted and its a great way to get them trimmed up nicely without argument)
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  2. Love these ideas!! I love valentine’s day. Even though it can be a really commercial holiday, there are some great ways to incorporate showing love to others. My meals on V-day involve heart shapes of some sort and we usually make cards for each other and my husband and I give the kids a special treat!
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  3. All lovely ideas. :) We have lots of fun on Valentine’s Day. We eat pink foods (naturally pink or tinted with beet juice), heart shaped things, wear red and pink, do crafts, do homeschooling with candy hearts and so on. It’s fun!
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  4. great ideas! we’re baking cookies tomorrow to take to friends on monday and then we’ll have a valentine themed breakfast that morning before my husband goes to work. i like your craft ideas – we’ll definitely have to do a few of those over the weekend!

  5. Love these ideas, Kara! We seem to have hearts everywhere these days – the kids are so excited about V-Day this year.
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  6. We made heart shaped pancakes for breakfast yesterday and had leftovers this morning!
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  7. Great ideas. I have a hard time getting into Valentine’s Day because I don’t want it to become a second Christmas, but these sorts of things will do the trick and keep it special!
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  8. Thank you for some more great ideas for our Valentine’s Party! we will be having a simple “homeschool party” with some friends, decorating cookies and adding some crafts for us to do together. :)
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