7 Meaningful Things Kids And Parents Can Do For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is more of a Hallmark holiday now a days and it makes me so sad. It is important to step back and focus on the fact that Valentine’s Day is a day to express and share love. The spirit Valentine’s Day is so wonderful and we should really try to make the most of it without getting caught up in the commercial aspects.

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Here are 7 things you can do to make Valentine’s Day more meaningful -

1. READ – We LOVE any excuse to read. So why not to just that? Here are our Valentine’s Day book recommendations …

10 Childrens Books About Love For Valentines Day I Love You So... (Marianne Richmond): Marianne Richmond: 9781402279539: Amazon.com: Books Plant a Kiss: Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Peter H. Reynolds: 9780061986758: Amazon.com: Books Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book: Karen Katz: 0076714856585: Amazon.com: Books The I LOVE YOU Book: Todd Parr: 9780316019859: Amazon.com: Books Snuggle Puppy (Boynton on Board): Sandra Boynton: 0019628130679: Amazon.com: Books How Do I Love You?: Marion Dane Bauer, Caroline Jayne Church: 9780545072700: Amazon.com: Books Duck & Goose, Goose Needs a Hug: Tad Hills: 9780307982933: Amazon.com: Books Guess How Much I Love You: Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram: 9780763642648: Amazon.com: Books Love, Splat (Splat the Cat): Rob Scotton: 9780062077769: Amazon.com: Books I Love You Through And Through: Bernadette Rossetti Shustak, Caroline Jayne Church: 9780439673631: Amazon.com: Books 10 Childrens Books About Love For Valentines Day MeMeTales Curator

2. LEARN

Valentine’s Day provides us a lovely theme (pretty hearts and all!) , so use it as an excuse to learn. Here is our post and free downloadable learning pack for kids/printable (just become a facebook fan and it is yours!)

Free Printables For Valentine's Day

3. CRAFTS

Valentine’s Day offers so many amazing craft ideas. A heart shape is a versatile shape. Put it to the test and have fun crafting with your kids!

Tinkerlab has a super wonderful collection of ideas.

 

Here is a clickable collage with crafts we made as well.

16 Easy Valentines Day Crafts Valentine Valentine My Kind of Baking Valentine Garland with Kids | Kiwi Crate Melted Crayon Stained Glass Hearts for Valentines Day - The Artful Parent Hearts Tree Painting ~ Putti Heart Rocks for Valentine Valentine valentine playdough Valentines Day Crafts for Kids - Daddy  Valentine Art Invitation: Self Serve Valentines Valentine Valentines Jello Hearts : The Hungry Housewife  Love Rocks 6 Eco-Friendly Valentine 16 Easy Valentines Day Crafts MeMeTales Curator

4. FOCUS ON GIVING BACK

Valentine’s Day is a day to share love. We can get all stressed about buying gifts for each other or you can focus on giving back to others. Kids learn so much when they see us give back. So make Valentine’s Day about giving back.

Toddler Approved has a series of posts on giving back called the 100 Acts of Kindness Project, so check that out for sure!

100 Acts of Kindness 2013 button

 

5. SING AND DANCE

Valentine’s Day does not always mean you have to buy stuff. Make up a song with your kids. Record it and save it. Make it a tradition. How fun would that be? To make a family song every year (for as long as the kids are up to it!). It would make a great keepsake!

6. COOK TOGETHER

Sharing a meal is all about family and love. WHy not host a little Valentine’s Day meal with close friends and family. Cook, eat, hug and share your food and love for each other.

7. JUST Say NO.

Just keep out of the chaos. Buy some Valentines at the Dollar Store or Target and be done with it. Focus on things that matter to you. Valentine’s Day might matter to some. But if it does not matter that much to you, admit it and focus on things that do matter. It is OKAY.

I LOVE this picture and quote, shared by Minimalist Parenting Author Asha Dornfest.

By Minimalist Parenting

 

So here is wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day, no matter how you celebrate!!