If you’re looking for simple and affordable Valentine’s Day ideas for kids, you are in the right place!
During the season of love, these 21 Valentine’s Day ideas for kids can help your little ones feel extra special.
While we often focus on gifts, flowers, and chocolates for (and from!) our significant other, creating a few fun Valentine’s Day traditions for your kids is a great idea too!
“Valentine’s Day has turned into more than a day to celebrate romantic love, but for many, it has become a day to celebrate those we love, including our kids, parents, siblings and pets,” said Daren Blonski, in a 2020 report by The Street.
In this article you’ll find:
- 5 Valentine’s Day traditions for kids
- 5 ideas for Valentine’s Day activities for kids
- 6 ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts your kids will love
- 5 fun food ideas for Valentine’s Day
Let’s jump right in, shall we?!
Traditions for Valentine’s Day
To get started, here are five Valentine’s Day ideas for kids that can become fun traditions year after year.
Valentine’s Day doors
Starting the first day of February, write a short sentiment on a paper heart and put it on your kids’ bedroom door.
Add a new paper heart with a new compliment or sweet message every day until Valentine’s Day.
If your kids share a room, write their names on the the hearts meant for them so they’ll know who they’re for!
Not only does this help your kids feel extra special, it also turns into a festive Valentine’s Day decoration as you add more hearts everyday!
To help you start this special Valentine’s Day tradition, I’ve got a free printable for you in the Jen Bradley|MOMs Free Printables library!
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Valentine’s Day brunch
While you most likely will have plans with your spouse for dinner on Valentine’s Day, creating a fun Valentine’s Day brunch or breakfast is a great way to start the day for your kids!
Be sure to check out more Valentine’s food ideas at the end of this article!
Valentine’s Day gift basket
Creating a simple Valentine’s Day gift basket is another sweet Valentine’s Day idea for kids!
To get your creative juices flowing, here are a few simple Valentine’s Day baskets from Instagram you can use for inspiration:
To make your own Valentine’s baskets for your kids, start with any of these awesome baskets or buckets available on Amazon:
These sweet little upright rope baskets are a great option if you’re looking to put together a smaller basket for multiple genders. (They’re pretty enough you could use them for storage around the house after Valentine’s Day too!)
Valentine’s Day at home party
Putting together a Valentine’s Day party at home is another great Valentine’s Day tradition to start this year!
Believe me, hosting a simple family Valentine’s Day party doesn’t have to be complex.
Start by putting up a few pretty Valentine’s decorations, set aside a time for the party, gather a few Valentine’s themed snacks, and print out the Valentine’s Day printable games pack from the Jen Bradley|MOMs shop!
Here are a few cute Valentine’s Day decorations ideas:
Balloon garlands are fun to put together, inexpensive, and make a huge impact! This fun set with red, pink, white, and small red foil heart balloons is perfect for your Valentine’s Day party at home. (If you don’t have a balloon pump already, I definitely recommend grabbing one!)
Valentine’s Day activities for kids
Whether you have an at-home Valentine’s Day party or not, these five Valentine’s Day ideas for kids are easy activities to carry out.
Play Cupid, Cupid, Valentine
This is one of the simplest games you can play with your kids – and it’s totally free!
Have your kids sit in a large circle facing each other with plenty of space around them.
Then proceed to play duck, duck, goose, but change the words to cupid, cupid, Valentine!
Valentine’s stand up comedy
Play “Heart” potato
Similar to the popular “Hot Potato” game, all you need for this game is a small stuffed animal and some music.
Have your kids sit in a circle, facing each other.
They’ll pass the stuffed animal to each other around the circle while music plays. When the music stops, the person holding the stuffed animal is out.
Continue playing music and passing the stuffed animal until only one person is left.
Valentine’s Day bingo
Do your kids love bingo like mine do?
You’ll get six free bingo boards and accompanying calling cards too. (For additional boards, grab the Valentine’s Day Ultimate Party Pack from the Jen Bradley|MOMs shop!)
Valentine’s printable games
In one simple download, you’ll get more than 20 pages of fun Valentine’s printable games and activities for your kids:
- Word search game
- I Spy page
- First letter categories game
- 2 pages of matching game
- 4 different coloring pages
- Word unscramble
- 10 unique Bingo cards
These would be great to have on hand throughout February – or you could save them all for Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day gifts for kids
You certainly don’t need to recreate Christmas, but giving your kids a small gift on Valentine’s Day can definitely help them feel loved and appreciated!
Here are a few inexpensive and adorable ideas:
Gnomes at Night is one of my kids favorite board games – and my husband and I actually enjoy playing it too.
For 2-4 players, you get to work together to get your gnomes through a maze and collect all the treasure!
Boys and girls alike will enjoy making their own puppy stuffed animals!
You could also include some pink or red felt hearts to sew on to make them a little more Valentine’s themed.
With hearts, butterflies, and flowers to choose from, your kids will love creating their own magnets!
They could even paint a heart magnet to give to their school teacher as a Valentine’s Day gift.
If you have any aspiring chefs or bakers in your home, this baking kit is sure to be a wonderful gift!
You could wrap it with a tag that reads “For my Sweetest Valentine” – or something along those lines!
This classic toy has received a beautiful upgrade with a few brightly colored pieces that each perform a different function.
Adding a racing element makes it even more fun for the whole family!
Food for Valentine’s Day
Finally, creating a few special Valentine’s themed dishes can be a great way to make this a memorable day.
Here are five Valentine’s Day ideas for kids that focus on easy, festive food:
Start the day with a fun breakfast of heart-shaped eggs and toast! (photo source: Clean and Scentsible)
For an amazingly simple and festive snack, try these heart shaped apple cutouts! (photo source: Vintage Rose Garden)
These mini heart pizzas are an awesome Valentine’s option for lunch or dinner! (photo source: Once Upon a Cutting Board)
Or if the weather’s decent, these heart-shaped hamburgers are a fun dinner idea too! (photo source: Chasing Supermom)
Or if the weather is colder, and soup and sandwiches are better for the menu, simply cut your sandwiches into heart shapes! (photo source: Make Myself at Home)
Final thoughts on fun Valentine’s Day ideas for kids:
This articles is full of great Valentine’s day ideas for kids, but please don’t feel for a second that you need to do them all!
Choosing one or two per category (traditions, games, gifts and food) will be enough to help your kiddos feel loved and appreciated on Valentine’s Day this year!
Don’t forget to grab the free Valentine’s Day printables from the Jen Bradley|MOMs library!