Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

by Hilary Braaksma

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids
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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and why not show your little ones some love with these sweet Valentine’s Day ideas for kids?! We know you shower your kids with love every day, but there’s just something about Valentine’s Day that makes us want to embrace all the mushy love stuff for our little cherubs!


From fun Valentine’s Day games to Cupid-inspired cookie decorating to board games, bouquets, books and more, these are some of our favorite Valentine’s Day activities for families with kids.



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Cuddle Up on the Couch With a Valentine’s Day Movie


Bring out the pillows and blankets, and get comfy for a V-Day favorite, like Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown or Lady and the Tramp. Check out these other sweet suggestions for Valentine’s Day kids movies, too.

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Decorate for Valentine’s Day


Deck out your house in hearts and arrows with fabulous, festive Valentine’s Day decorations. Blow up these sweet V-Day balloons, hang a Valentine’s Day banner or put out these cute kitchen towels. The whole family can even decorate themselves with some festive heart-shaped temporary tattoos.

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Try a Valentine’s Day Recipe


Make Cupid-approved mini sweetheart pizzas. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut pre-baked whole-wheat pizza crusts. Top crusts with tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese and toppings of your choice. Bake pizzas at 450°F for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve it with this Valentine’s Day mozzarella tomato salad on the side.

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Do a Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt


Use a diecut machine or scissors and cardstock to cut out heart shapes and write clues on them. Hide the heart clues around your house, leading the kiddos to a few sweet treats, like assorted Valentine’s Day candy.

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Build a Valentine’s Day Bouquet


Give your kids a lesson in floriculture and design by building small Valentine’s Day bouquets together. You can pick up loose, mixed bouquets of fresh flowers from your local grocery store or order stems in bulk beforehand, then create small arrangements in pretty bud vases. Use them to decorate the house or hand them out to your loved ones.

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Make Valentine’s Day Cards for Your Sweeties


Buy pre-made Valentine’s Day cards and send them to friends and family, put together cards for classmates or craft your own special V-Day cards out of construction paper and Valentine’s Day stickers and stamps.

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Decorate Valentine’s Day Cookies


Whip out the Valentine’s Day cookie cutters, frosting, and fun Valentine’s sprinkles and confections for a sweet Feb. 14 treat. Roll out premade sugar cookie dough for the little ones and let them help cut out shapes. Once cookies are baked and cooled, give your kids some cookie decorating tools and let the fun begin.

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Host a Sweet Valentine’s Day Family Game Night


Line up some family-friendly games like the sugary-sweet Candyland board game, a round of tic-tac-toe or Valentine’s Day bingo. Reward the winners with fun prizes like candy or these silly heart-shaped glasses.

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Read a Valentine’s Day Book Together


Sit down with a Valentine’s Day book you can read to your little ones or have bigger kids take turn reading passages from. Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine will have elementary-aged kids rolling with laughter, and this Valentine’s Day flip-book will keep babies and toddlers engaged and entertained.

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Say ‘I Love You’


Go around the table and have everyone share five reasons they love each member of the family, or have them write down their lists beforehand and pass them out at dinner. (Help smaller children with this.) You can also encourage family members to leave these Tiny Love Cards hidden in lunch boxes, pockets and bags for each other.