5 Valentine’s Day Activities for Toddlers
Our daughter is three years old and just beginning to understand the concept of Valentine’s Day. While Feb. 14 rolls around every year, it’s this time that she is associating all those hearts and flowers and boxes of candy with love – at least for her parents. So we decided to set aside time each day preceding the big day to share an activity to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Try one of these five activities with your toddler to get him or her into the spirit of the season.
Valentine’s Day Activities for Your Toddler
- Hearts, hearts everywhere. February is the only month of the year when my set of heart-shaped cookie cutters earn their keep. Not only are there heart-shaped cookies and grilled-cheese sandwiches, but heart-shaped pancakes and slices of cheese and nearly any other food item. Not only is it festive, but it also makes our daughter more willing to eat the food. Try letting your little one assist you in the kitchen while making the heart shaped foods. Cooking with your kids can be lots of fun and a great binding experience for you both.
- Valentine greetings. While the commercial Valentines are cute, we like to let our daughter express her creativity with crafts and share it with others. Instead of store-bought cards, we’re having her decorate plain white greeting cards with pink and red crayons, then sealing them up and mail them to friends and family. Everyone enjoys having their own piece of her handiwork and she likes putting them together.
- Story time. Our bedtime stories include stories about love and Valentine’s Day this time of year. From Guess How Much I Love You to Elmo’s Valentine we incorporate the holiday into story time.
- Planting flowers. While a bouquet of flowers only lasts a few days, a plant will bloom several times. For a Valentine’s Day surprise, force flower bulbs, such as tulips or paper whites, ahead of time to bloom in mid-February. Or purchase a plant in the store with flowers already in bloom, and plant the plant outside after all danger of frost has passed. If possible, you may try planting his or her Birth Flower!
- For a classic Valentine’s experience, nothing beats the TV special “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown.” Enjoy it with your children and talk about the program, including your own memories of Valentine’s Day when you were a child.