This Valentine’s Day will be a little different for us. We usually celebrate it by making or preparing Valentines during the day, then surprising each other with them at suppertime. Our grandma comes over for a special meal, and we end the day with a lot of chocolate.
This year, however, my husband will be working late, so the kids and I have been wondering what to do. The consensus is that we’ll have a special Valentine’s Day snack instead of a supper during the few minutes in the afternoon he can come home so he won’t miss it. And we’ll still end the day with chocolate.
There are lots of ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day. Here are a few more ideas:
- Find picture books at the library about St. Valentine, or look up information about him online. Share his story with your children.
- Spend some time baking together! Make Valentine’s Day treats from scratch with your kids. You can find all sorts of recipes to try at KidsCookingActivities.com and Kaboose.com.
- If you have some crafty children, work on a simple project together. There are lots of fun and easy ideas online. Check out FamilyFun.com and Danielle’sPlace.com.
- Decorate a room in your house – Cut out paper hearts and tape them around the room. Our favorite room is our kitchen, and the paper hearts are going up all over the windows. Have the kids write messages on the hearts or the names of the people they love.
- Create homemade cards for grandparents or neighbors.
- Make valentines to share with the residents of the local nursing home or for children in the hospital.
- Write a letter to a friend you don’t see very often.