Thursday, January 29, 2015

Simple Way to Celebrate Valentine's Day with a Toddler

Before you have children, Valentine's Day is usually a holiday that's all about romance. Once babies come into the picture, though, things tend to change. Even if you do have romantic plans for Valentine's Day, you'll probably want to celebrate with your children too. Kids love holidays and traditions, and there are lots of fun ways to make Valentine's Day special.

Decorate Your Home
Most families decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas so why not decorate the house in February in reds, pinks and all things love? Hit up Target's Dollar Spot for cute yet affordable decorations. Let the kids pick an area in the house to decorate and see where their imagination goes.

Make Homemade Valentine's
We spend a lot of time coloring, gluing and using glitter in our home. Cut out some construction paper hearts and glue them to white doilies found at most grocery stores and let the little ones create the perfect Valentine cards for their family and friends.

Get Crafty
Don't stop with making cards, use these free Valentine's Day printables and let them color a special page for their Mommy/Daddy or grandparent. These are perfect for loved ones far way. Place the colored page in an envelope, add a stamp and snail mail a bit of love.

Bake a Sweet Treat
Head into the kitchen and create a tasty treat to enjoy with your loved ones this February. Mary over at Eat Drink and Be Mary has great ideas that will surely be a big hit: Light Triple Chocolate Brownies and Rice Krispies Treats. Simple break and bake cookies work, too!

Start a Tradition
Holidays throughout the year are filled memorable traditions. Don't make Valentine's Day the exception. Having a breakfast full of heart-shaped pancakes is an easy way to start a new tradition this year. Give a small gift to your little one, attaching a list of reasons why you love them is something that would mean so much with little effort.

Shower Them With Love
Waking up to a HEARTfelt good morning would make anyone feel loved on Valentine's Day. Simply cut out small hearts from construction paper, write a note one each sharing something you love about your little one and tape them to their bedroom door or bathroom mirror.

However you spend this Valentine's Day, know that if nothing else, saying the words "I love you" to your child(ren) a little more often is okay, too. After all, isn't LOVE what the day is all about anyway?

{Connor on Valentine's Day 2014, 15 months}


  1. So good Stephanie- I love all these ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Love this. Last year Jack was only 6 weeks old and we spent the night with our little guy at the diner. I swear it was the best Valentine's Day ever! I'm hoping to make crafts with him and give some to dad and his grandparents.

  3. Such cute ideas! I love letting the kids get crafty and then decorating the house with their creations! Paper chains are a favorite crafty decoration of ours!

  4. I have a little baking activity all ready to go for the big V-Day. We might have to make an attempt at a craft or two… We'll see, I'm not holding my breath though.

  5. I really need to step up my game on the Valentines Day celebrating department. Hope your flight went well and you arrived safely friend!

  6. Aww! I feel like a toddler would make an excellent Valentine's date! =)

  7. Valentine's crafting was so fun when I was that age. Ahh, the smell of construction paper :)

  8. i love your idea to cute out little hearts and paste them around. i am definitely going to try that!! xoxo


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