Do you celebrate Valentine's Day?
There are good reasons to do so - with ALL ages! (Remember, I'm a huge proponent of keeping the wonder alive in your children at any age!)
The best reason is being able to sneak a few more memories into our children's memory banks. You can even sneak a little homeschooling in between the Valentine and candy swapping.
In order to increase the fun factor and minimize the schooling factor, keep it sweet and simple with these fun activities.
Keeping Valentine Activities Simple with Preschoolers
Little hands and chubby fingers brand new to holding crayons need simple activities. They crave hands-on type fun. Getting messy might be at the top of their list. Move beyond coloring pages and busy worksheets. Try out some of these simple activities that are sure to bring out sweet smiles and giggles.
Pom Pom Painting - Pom poms, clothespin, paint, and a fun printable and you're set.
Shaving Cream Painting - Little hands can get as messy as you're willing with this super fun yet contained painting craft.
Roll & Fill Hearts, Stained Glass Hearts, and Heart Stamps - All activities paired with fun books to read for lap time
Valentine Station - Set up a fun assembly line of valentine art making for little ones.
Candy Heart Play Dough - Pair sight word learning with play dough for a memory-making schoolish activity.
Sweet and Simple Valentine (Food) Activities for your Younger Children
Once our younger children are old enough to hold a pencil correctly and have moved on to reading, the complexity of craft making changes. But, not the fun! The simple part of these activities can be found in the simple but sweet treats they create with little help in the kitchen, or the joy found in a game or Valentine given.
Valentine's Day Paper Chains- Scissors, glue, and a fun printable create Valentine's decor
Oven Bake Pinch Pots - Clay and glitter create a treasure to keep or gift to give.
Minute to Win It Games - Create an atmosphere of fun and giggles with these quick-paced games that have an added bonus of burning of the sugar from the sweet treats.
Heart-Shaped Rice Krispie Treats - No heat needed if you use the premade pan sized version. Cookie cutters, candy melts, and sprinkles are the sweet, simple ingredients.
See the Sweet in Your Middle and High Schoolers
It might be tempting to think that our children have outgrown the bit of fun that Valentine's Day affords in the middle of winter. Not true! Don't be afraid to revert back to the homeschool crafty mom. Your teens will love sharing time with the family with dedicated crafts and treats especially for them.
Washi Tape Hearts- Even the angstiest of teens will get join in this activity. They might even surprise you with one as a Valentine.
First Corinthians 13 Bible Study- Use the Valentine's Day holiday to share the true meaning of love.
Valentine's Day Unit Study - Learn about St. Valentine.
Yarn Wrapped Hearts - These are just plain fun. You can add a string and hang them. Add a magnet and pop them on your fridge or locker. So many possibilities!
40 Fun Valentine's Day Crafts for Older Kids - This epic post rounds-up all things fun and simple for middle school and older.
Don't Forget the Notebooking!
We notebook across all subjects, holidays, and more. Notebooking Pages has FREE Valentine pages - feel free to grab them and let your children get creative while learning!
Free Valentine's Day Notebooking Pages from NotebookingPages.com.
Something Sweet for Mom
It wouldn't be Valentine's Day without giving a Valentine! Here's one for you.
With a little planning, perspective, and an eye on fun you can create a memorable Valentine’s Day for your entire family.