These cute and easy Valentine’s Day ideas for kids will make the holiday more special, without making it too difficult for you! From treats and decorations to make together and books to read, you’ll find something fun to do with kids on Valentine’s Day.
Even if your kids say “Ewwww!” at the mere mention of something somewhat romantic, Valentine’s Day can still be a fun holiday for them. After all, romantic love isn’t the only kind of love, and I think Valentine’s Day should celebrate all the love!
Here are a bunch of easy Valentine’s Day ideas for kids that will make February 14th special and fun for them!
Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids: 11 Simple Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Special
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1. Host a party, or make and decorate cupcakes just for the family
Cupcake decorating was a huge hit with when we hosted a simple Valentine’s Day party for our kids and family friends. I didn’t do a thing, except bake cupcakes from a boxed mix and set out sprinkles from our pantry and some Valentine’s Day candy.
It was messy and fun, but you don’t need to throw a party to do it! Your kids will love to help you bake and decorate the cupcakes for your own Valentine’s Day celebration at home.
2. Decorate paper bags or boxes for a Valentine’s Day card exchange
Decorating a bag to collect Valentine’s Day cards is probably the easiest way to get kids excited about Valentine’s Day. All you need are paper lunch bags and basic kid-friendly craft supplies, then just let them use their imaginations to decorate the bags!
3. Make your own heart-shaped crayons
My kids and I had so much fun making DIY heart-shaped crayons! It’s an easy project that uses up all their broken crayons and turns them into rainbow-hued new ones. You can even use the crayons as a non-candy option to accompany Valentine’s Day cards. In fact, I have a cute printable Valentine card that’s a perfect match for these DIY heart-shaped crayons.
4. Decorate a Valentine’s Day wreath together
5. Make gooey Valentine’s Day slime
As a parent, I hate slime because it sticks to all the things I don’t want it to stick to. But, my kids love it, so I may try this sticky Valentine’s Day idea for kids – glittery, colorful slime!
6. Grow cool crystal hearts
Take a STEM approach to Valentine’s Day and do a little science experiment, like growing crystal hearts.
7. Read a sweet book together
Make storytime special by reading a sweet (or funny!) book about love. These are some of our favorites:
8. Fold up some “cootie catchers” for a laugh
“Cootie catchers” (aka “joke tellers”) are a big hit with my son and his fellow third-graders. I love these printable Valentine’s Day cootie catchers!
9. Make heart-shaped pancakes
My six-year-old daughter loves to help make pancakes on Sunday mornings, and always tries to make them look like hearts! Don’t these heart-shaped pancakes look mouth-watering? A large heart-shaped cookie cutter makes it easy to cook uniform pancakes so there’s no fighting over who gets the biggest one!
10. Try a new cookie recipe
Once your kids master pancake-making, give them the challenge of baking cookies from scratch (with your help, of course). We love trying the recipes in Sally’s Cookie Addition (like these yummy chocolate chip cookies).
11. Watch a cute movie together
Watch one of these kid-friendly movies about love on Valentine’s Day evening!