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It’s hard to miss Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air, and plenty of people have their own ways to celebrate this holiday. You might even remember some of your childhood memories! From candy hearts and postcards, there are so many ways to get your little ones excited for Valentine’s Day.
That’s why we’ve rounded up our top five ways to celebrate!
1. Make a Festive Meal
Here’s a classic!
A festive Valentine’s Day meal can be as simple as heart-shaped cookies. But you don’t have to stop there! Think outside the box and think of ways to incorporate common symbols into your meal.
Heart shapes are obviously at the top of the list. But what about colors? Snag some jelly-filled donuts to add festive reds and pinks to your morning meal. You can also find plenty of pink sprinkles and frosting mixes to satisfy your family’s sweet tooth.
A Note About Sharing
If you plan on sharing your creations at school, check with your child’s teacher beforehand. They’ll tell you about any allergies or food sensitivities. That way, everyone feels included!
One of the first steps to creating a sharable treat is cutting out the nuts. However, your child’s classmates may have additional dietary restrictions. Do your research to ensure everyone has a fun-filled day!
2. Create Some Heartwarming Art
Everyone remembers making Valentine’s Day cards! Festooned in red and pink, these no-frills-spared expressions of affection are the undeniable staple of the holiday.
Of course, you should expect to get a little messy! Our easy-to-clean Pop N’ Go™ Play Mat cleans up in minutes and offers plenty of space for kids to express their inner Picasso.
3. Get Thoughtful
The origins and specifics of Valentine’s Day are a muddled mess, but the true meaning is clear. We know it’s about being with the people you love and spreading joy to those around you.
So, talk about it!
Break out that Pop N’ Go™ and prepare for some mindful discussion. Sit together — inside or outside — and discuss the importance of love and kindness. While romantic love is the most obvious feature of Valentine’s Day, you can include little ones by talking about platonic love and friendship.
Need some help?
We’ve thought of a few questions to get the conversation started:
- How can we show our friends that we love them?
- What do others do to make us feel loved?
- Who in our lives showcases love every day?
4. Go Outside
Now, we’re getting more abstract.
A family outing may seem like an odd choice, but kids always appreciate the park! Find a beloved spot or pick somewhere new to picnic.
This idea melds well with holiday-themed foods. Pack some heart-shaped cookies and sandwiches to fill your bellies. You can also add lovingly color-coded snacks. Plenty of fruits — including cherries, raspberries, and strawberries — are the perfect shade of heartwarming red. Pink is trickier to find, but you can snag some pink food dye or mix colorful smoothies!
5. Keep It Simple
Finally, you don’t have to go all out!
Kids are more than happy to be around us! Take the time to slow down and appreciate the moment. Snuggle up on the sofa and watch a movie or read a book together. It’s just as important to be present as it is to provide those big, memorable moments.
So, don’t be afraid to keep things lowkey.
Regardless of how you celebrate, your kids are sure to love their day with you!