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While many of us are happy enough to let Valentine’s Day pass without a second thought, it’s one of those holidays that we – and our children – cannot escape.

 

And, as it’s the celebration of love and matters of the heart, why not mark the day in a special way?

 

love amor i love you peanuts hearts

 

Here are some ideas for celebrating the day and making it that little bit special for your little ones.

 

1. Prepare a Valentine’s meal

Why not kick the day off with a special breakfast? Heart-shaped pancakes sound like a delicious idea to us! And, as Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday this year, a lunchbox surprise is exactly what Cupid ordered! Brighten up your little one’s day by using a heart-shaped cutter on their sandwiches, and leaving them a ‘love note’ reminding them of how special they are.

 

time college dinner

 

2. Get crafting

A Valentine’s craft project is the perfect way to mark the day. Whether it’s a card or something a little more complex, your little one can have fun putting it together before gifting it to Mum or Dad. The most thoughtful gifts are always the best ones! Here are some ideas.

 

paper hearts

 

3. Have a family day

As it’s the holiday of love, why not celebrate with the whole family? Go on an outing to the zoo or the park, or organise a special lunch or dinner. If you’re on a budget, get the popcorn in and snuggle on the couch for a movie night.

 

movie julie andrews the sound of music christopher plummer cuckoo

 

4. Arrange a ‘friendship date’

Hold a play-date or a tea party for your child and their friends, and go all-out with the heart-themed bunting and treats. It’s nice to remind our little ones that the love between friends is important and should be celebrated.

 

tea party

 

5. Have a baking day

Get the ingredients out, don the aprons, and get those little paws messy! Decide upon a recipe to make – perhaps you could bake a cake for Mum, Dad, Brother or Sister? Step your game up with Valentine’s Day-themed cake moulds and iced decorations. This is a great way for you to mark the occasion while having fun, bonding, and teaching new skills.

 

Masterchef food yum baking tasty

 

6. Do a random act of kindness

This is the perfect occasion to show others that you care. Why not take a piece of cake around to an elderly neighbour, donate toys or clothing your child no longer uses to a charity shop, or gift a bunch of flowers to a friend who is feeling unwell? This is a great way of encouraging your child to be kind and thoughtful.

 

Dior and I flowers the orchard this is gorgeous

 

How will you be spending Valentine's Day? Let us know! 

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