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Valentines’ Day Family Fun

Valentines' Day is usually thought of as a romantic holiday, but kids love it too! Here are a few simple ideas for celebrating the day with your children.

  • Valentine’s Day “Pictionary:” Write Valentine’s Day-related words and concepts (hearts, flowers, Cupid, etc.) on pieces of paper and put them into a jar (or put a bunch of colored candy hearts in a jar). Players then choose one of the slips of paper or a heart and draw it for others to guess. (Set a timer for one minute to keep the game moving and lively.)
  • Valentine’s Coupons: Cut out small “coupons” from heavy card stock and print “This Coupon is Good For” at the top of each one. Give each child a few of the coupons then have them fill in what it can be redeemed for (a hug, a kiss, feeding/walking the dog, cleaning their room, etc.). Decorate the coupons with markers, crayons, glitter and stickers before giving to grandparents or parents.
  • How Many Hearts?: Fill a glass jar with candy hearts or foil-wrapped chocolate hearts. Have everyone study the jar then guess how many candies are in it. The one who comes closest without going over wins the candy.
  • Heart Hunt: Hide candy hearts around the house or in a certain room (like you would colored eggs) and have the kids find as many as they can in a given amount of time. The one that finds the most wins a prize.
  • Scrumptious Sweethearts: Surprise your child by adding a few Valentine’s Day twists to their school lunchbox: use a large heart-shaped cookie cutter to make fun, festive sandwiches. Or make a batch of marshmallow cereal bars and stamp out heart shapes (coat the cutter liberally with non-stick spray first). You could even treat them to a before-school breakfast of heart-shaped pancakes (tinted with red food coloring or with fresh or frozen raspberries folded into the batter) or French toast made with bread cut into heart shapes!