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Fourteen Sweet Ideas for a Fantastic Valentine’s Day

Fourteen Sweet Ideas for a Fantastic Valentine’s Day

Since many children are still missing out on their usual traditions, why not make Valentine’s Day extra fun this year? Here are fourteen ideas to help make this the best Valentine’s Day ever, despite the pandemic.

1. Make a Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board

While a simple cheese plate used to suffice, today the charcuterie board is all the rage. Technically a charcuterie board means a board of prepared meats, but these days anything goes! You can cut cheese or salami into heart shapes to make a beautiful food presentation. 

2. Send Valentines in Many Ways 

By email! Sites such as Blue Mountain Cards, American Greetings, or Punchbowl allow you to email fun cards for free.

Postcards. For a small charge the Touchnote app lets you send postcards and add a picture. They do the printing and mailing for you and your valentine receives a special postcard.

Or go the old-fashioned route. Some post offices will have more selection than others, but children love picking out their own stamps and mailing out valentines. Depending on your child’s age you can address the envelopes for them or use this as a time to teach the finer points of letter writing.

3. Decorate in Hearts

So many items can be found in heart shapes these days. Heart shaped balloons or simple pink and red balloons for Valentine’s Day will make your child’s day!

4. Do a Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Put clues around the house and let your kids search high and low for a box of candy hearts or similar treat.

5. Have a Valentine’s Day Photoshoot

Admittedly this may be more for you than for the kids, but a heart is an easy shape to cut out of construction paper for props. Dress the kids in red and have a Valentine’s Day photo shoot! 

6. Surprise Your Kids with Love Notes

Leave Post-It Notes of love or encouragement for your kids on the fridge, their bathroom mirror, or other places around the house. For extra fun use pink ones for Valentine’s Day or put them together into the shape of a heart.

7. Put Up a Valentine’s Day Tree

Haven’t taken down that Christmas Tree yet? Don’t despair! Just switch the decor form ornaments to hearts! 

8. Break a Heart-Shaped Piñata 

Kids love the fun of breaking a piñata and these can be easily incorporated into your celebration. Heart shaped piñatas are available on Amazon if you can’t find one locally.

9. Play Tic Tac Toe

Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like the x’s and o’s in this game that kids already love. Winner gets the number of kisses and hugs on the board!

10. Get Baking

Of course, there’s the old standby. Pink frosted cupcakes or sugar cookies are sure to be a big hit.

11. Get Creative with Heart-Shaped Food 

A heart-shaped pizza is a lot of fun! Whether you make the dough yourself or buy prepared dough, kids will love having their own personal sized heart-shaped pizza. Sandwiches can be cut into hearts, too. Or simply use a cookie cutter.

12. Make Pink Smoothies or Milkshakes

Recipes for strawberry smoothies or milkshakes are plentiful online.

13. Read a Valentine’s Day Themed Picture Book

There are many, many great picture books that complement Valentine’s Day. Try “Mama, Do You Love Me” by Barbara M. Joose or “Henry In Love” by Peter McCarty. 

14. Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries

These are actually easy. Just melt chocolate chips in the microwave, dip the strawberries in the melted chocolate and then place on wax paper. They’re beautiful, delectable and definitely make a special treat.

Jill Morgenstern, a freelance writer, has 13 years teaching experience and is a mother of four.

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