We’re just now getting the remnants of our Christmas decorations put away, and now Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! I’m still not sure exactly how we’ll be celebrating – it all depends on whether baby-on-the-way is going to allow me to eat or not! Whether we go out to a fancy dinner or just stay home and enjoy time together as a family, Valentine’s Day is always a fun holiday. I’ve spent some time browsing Pinterest and am so excited to show you my top 10 easy and fun Valentine’s Day ideas for the whole family!
For the kids’ classrooms: Free Printable Valentines
- Free, printable “You’re A Cutie” Valentines
I made these for my preschool class last year and they were a hit! They are super simple to assemble, a whole box of Cuties is inexpensive, and it gives kids a healthy food alternative to all the candy they collect at school!
Print here: Click here for link!
- These free, printable pencil Valentines!
I printed these labels the other day to use for Logan’s first grade classroom. I’m going to order some cute pencils from Amazon and might pair them with little notebooks. Or I might attach the labels to a dry-erase marker and pair with a wipe-clean card from my Usborne bookstore (www.c6052.myubam.com). This is another great candy alternative that kids will love. Send me a message if you’d like help ordering a package of wipe-clean cards!
Print here: Click here for link!
For the budding artists: Easy Valentine’s Day Art Projects
- Cardboard Roll Heart Stamp
I did this project with Logan when he was a toddler. All we needed was construction paper, red paint, and a toilet paper roll! It was a super easy project for him at that age and turned out really adorable for making cards for grandparents and relatives.
Heart Stamp: Click here for link!
- Pencil Eraser Heart Painting
I think we are going to try this project this year. I won’t use a canvas bag, but we’ll use construction paper instead to make cards. All you need is paint and a pencil! Can’t get an simpler than that!
Eraser Heart: Click here for link!
On the bookshelf: Best Valentine’s Day Reads
- The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman ($9.59)
I read this book with my husband and it was definitely a relationship-changer. This book has remained at the top of the charts for years, and its popularity is well earned. If you’ve ever felt frustrated in a relationship, this book will change your life! The “love languages” are simple to grasp, but the concept that not everyone shows and receives love in the same way takes a while to absorb. Once you are able to decipher your partner’s love languages (and vice versa), it is much more likely that both parties will feel more satisfied, more appreciated, more valued, and more loved!
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- Love You, Hoo by Kane Miller ($12.99)
This book by Usborne Books looks so cute for the kids for Valentine’s Day!
Little Owl and Big Owl are cuddled up at bedtime. Big Owl reminds Little Owl about all the special times they’ve had together and all the exciting adventures the future holds. It is a joyous, call-it-from-the-treetops rhyming salute to the love between a caregiver and child.
Love You Hoo and Big Owl give voice to what every child deserves to know: that they are, and always will be, loved; that life is a journey; that there will be good times and bad, but that their Big Owl will always, “Love you Hoo.”
Valentine’s Day Fashion For Mom and Munchkins
- These cute, bright Valentines nails using O.P.I polish
These bright and cheerful nails are perfect for Valentine’s Day!
- These awesome kids shirts from Free To Be Kids
I love clothing that embodies positive messages about the world. Honestly, all the “Mommy’s Little Stud” and “Heartbreaker” boys’ t-shirts are a little disturbing. I like the sentiment of love being a superpower!
Easy Recipes For Families
- Valentines Day Pretzel Rods from 5MinutesForMom
These kid-friendly colorful dipped pretzel rods are an easy way to get kids in the kitchen and make great little Valentine’s gifts for friends and family.
- Mini Heart-Shaped Pizzas from SarahHearts
What better way to show you love someone than through the best food ever invented? These are super cute and easy!
I hope you all have a fantastic Valentine’s Day and feel loved!