So often, Valentine’s Day is about grand gestures: marriage proposals, date nights at fancy restaurants, bouquets of roses and heartfelt greeting cards.
Valentine’s Day with our kids doesn’t have to be so big to be grand. In fact, our kids are perfectly happy with small.
Small gestures can make Valentine’s Day a day your kids will not forget. Try some of the following:
- Give them a small gift. Hallmark’s itty bittys are perfect because they’re inexpensive, perfect for little hands, and really cute. Grace loves her Anna itty bitty, but she also loves this Peanuts set. They’re adorable!
- Make a craft. You can find lots of Valentine’s Day crafts on my blog, and you can also find moreÂ on my Holidays board on Pinterest. Either way, find something to do with your kids, gather the supplies, and do it.Â Don’t let a little mess spoil the fun.
- Make heart-shaped food. Over the years, we’ve made heart-shaped omelets, pancakes, pizzas, and egg in a holes. We’ve cut brownies and cookies into hearts. We’ve made heart-shaped sandwiches. It doesn’t matter what food you’re making, you can probably either cook it or cut it into a heart shape to remind your little Valentine that she makes your heart big.
- Have a heart hunt. Help your kids to cut 20-30 hearts of varying sizes out of colored construction paper. (Keep the empty heart shapes for another craft like this one.) Take turns hiding and finding the hearts around the house. Even big kids will get a kick out of this.
- Have a scavenger hunt. My kids adore scavenger hunts, real ones with clues to read and running from one spot to the next. I found this one on Pinterest, and I’m going to use it this year to hide their gifts.
- Give each kidÂ a heart attack. Cut out 20 hearts, and write a different thingÂ you love about herÂ on each one. Hang them in a conspicuous place, like on the bathroom mirror or on her bedroom door.
- Do Valentine’s Day Mad Libs. Grace loves Mad Libs, so these are right up her alley.
- Play with them. You’ve heard that kids spell love T-I-M-E, right? Spend some devoted time with your kids, doing whatever they want.
- Give them a fun coupon book. This coupon book is so perfect. Extra screen time, ice cream on the town, soda for dinner – these are treats any kid will love.
- Go on a family date. Grace’s perfect Valentine’s Day would include a family date to go out to dinner, so I couldn’t leave that off my list!
About Hallmark itty bittys
Hallmark itty bittys are adorable little stuffed animals, perfect for all the little gift-giving occasionsÂ in your life. Youâ€™ll find iconic characters from tv,Â movies, and comics at Hallmark.comÂ and your local Hallmark Gold Crown store.
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