We all know that Valentines Day is a great time to plan romantic outings for couples, but what about if you have kids. There are many fun and affordable ways you can celebrate Valentines Day with your kids and still have time for that romantic outing. Here are some of our favorites ideas.
In this post we have highlighted some of our favorite Valentines Day ideas for families and kids, but we have many more free printables, recipes, deals and more to help you save when celebrating on this page here!
Creating Invitations for School Parties
When I was young, we ran to the store and bought a box of printed Valentines cards for a few dollars. We then spent the night before Valentine’s Day, writing the name of each kid in our class on the card and handing them out the next day. And that was that. These days, there are many wonderful creative options that allow you to spend time with your kids creating Valentines and then you child gets to hand out DIY Valentines cards that are sure to be a hit with the entire class.
DIY Dinosaur Valentine with Free Printable Cards – these are so much fun for little dinosaur fans to hand out at school!
Free “You’re A Great Catch” Valentines Day Printable. We like this one because you can use candy fish or fishy crackers if you are hoping to avoid handing out more sugar.
Free “You’re A Winner” Valentines Day Printables. This one is fun because you can use chocolate coins or many dollar stores have little medals you can buy in the party favor section for a non edible option!
Homemade Valentine Cards – “You are the Highlight of My Life” – Non Candy Alternative for Kids & Adults! Looking for a non candy valentine the kids can give out? How about these Highlighter ones?
Kid Friendly Valentines Day Snacks
In addition to Valentine cards, kids often like to take treats to their school parties or have some around the house to make the day feel special. Here are some fun ones that you can have your kids help you make!
Photo Credit – Super Healthy Kids
We loved these Valentines Day necklaces made with dried fruit. They are perfect because a) they are not full of junk food, and b) the kids can make them themselves (so it acts like a craft and recipe)!
Photo Credit – 100 Days of Real Food
Heart Shaped Fruit Kabobs. Lay out different plates of fruit options (use cookie cutters to make them in shape of a heart), and then give the kids Kabob sticks and let them make their own fruit bouquet! Lots of fun and its a healthy option too.
Make a heart shaped pizza with the kids. This is another great recipe idea that the kids can get involved in making and creating their own personalized pizzas. Just get your dough set up as usual, and then at the top of the circle use your finger or a knife to bring the dough in towards the middle, until its shaped like a heart! We do this with our kids annually and they love it! These personal pizzas make a great family activity, but they are also perfect if you plan to go out for a special Adult dinner to celebrate Valentines Day. Leave the sitter with all the ingredients prepped and ready to go, and now you can relax at dinner knowing your kids are having fun too.
Fun Valentines Games for Kids
5 Free Valentines Coloring Pages – Perfect for School Parties or Homeschool – download these fun pictures kids can decorate for free.
Hide and Seek with Valentines Messages
Give your kids different colored sheets of paper and have them write special messages on them for everyone in the family. Then each person closes their eyes while the other hides the message someplace they think they will find it throughout the day (in shoes, under hair brushes, etc). The game then lasts all day as different family members find their special messages!
Turn Bath Time into Valentines Day fun
Add pink bubble bath or food coloring to bath to make it festive for kids. Grab some craft foam at the Dollar store and cut it into heart shapes. The kids can get those wet and stick them to the walls or sides of the bathtub for bath time art!
Valentines Day Match Game
This is a spin off of the standard matching card game, where all of the cards are placed upside down and kids have to turn them over and find two matching cards. Take turns doing this, and the person with the most pairs at the end of the game wins.
In this Valentines day version, you would prep ahead by printing out quarter size photos of various couples and best friends in your family. So for example, you could print a picture of you and your spouse, your child and their best friend, grandma and grandpa, etc. You will want approximately 12 pairs of people. You only need a quarter sized image of their face, and can print in black and white to keep this game frugal. Once the images are printed, simply glue them to some playing card size card stock (index cards will work too). You can have the kids decorate the back side of the card stock in hearts and other festive designs before you glue the pictures on. Once the images have dried, place them face down, and kids have to find the matching couples to get a pair (i.e., they would need to find the photo of you and your spouse to have a match).
What are your favorite ways to make Valentines Day special for your kids?
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