This is the second post on celebrating Valentine’s Day. Today I have some ideas on how to celebrate the day in your family. One of these I looked forward to every year and am excited to do with my daughter this year.
Valentine’s morning, draw names in your family to be a secret pal. You then get to (sneakily):
- Do acts of service for them: – Make their bed – Do their chore – Clean their car – etc
- Give little gifts: – Draw a picture – Write a note – Leave a favorite candy bar on their chair
That evening before bed, everyone can reveal their secret pal. Even assuming that everyone has already figured it out, it’s still a good time to reminisce and share stories and thanks.
This is one of my favorite Valentine’s memories growing up. Each year my mom would come up with a series of clues. She handed us the first clue and off we went. Each clue would lead to a piece of candy with another clue taped onto it. We went to six different places to find our treasures. We didn’t want it to end.
- Pre-Reading/Toddler: This is actually easier with younger kids. All you have to do is draw a picture to send them on their way. For instance, draw a picture of their toy box. They walk to their toy box and find a piece of candy with a picture of their pillow pet on it. The next piece will be on the pillow pet. You get the idea!
- Reading Kids: Write a riddle. Here’s where you have to get a little more creative. Adjust the difficulty of the clues based on age. For a little older pre-reading kids you can read the clues aloud.
To begin, go to whereof a visitor you are made aware.In the bedroom, you will seeUnder your pillow, something from me!Next to your chair, you will findAnother treat of a different kind!You got to that one very fast,Run to the bookshelf to get the last!
Be creative. I’m sure you can come up with so many options.
- Form food into a heart – last year we did this with homemade pizza – heart shaped sugar cookies – heart shaped pancakes – cut brownies with a heart cookie cutter
- Make dishes with lots of red – spaghetti – lasagna – soup
- Eat by candlelight and turn your normal fare into something special or make a fancy dinner even more over the top.
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day in your house? Do you have any of the same traditions you did as a kid?
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