– by Mary May Larmoyeux – Valentine’s Day is almost here with its countless reminders of love. This year, on February 14th, why not do something special with your children or grandchildren? Here are 7 Valentine’s ideas for kids.
- For a special treat, take kids/grandkids out for ice cream; take a selfie with them while someone is holding a large cardboard heart. Send the picture to the kids’ grandparents or parents.
- In a Valentine’s card, send money to out-of-town grandkids or nieces and nephews for some ice cream. Ask the kids to take a selfie while eating it, while one of them holds the Valentine’s card that you sent. Also ask them (or their parents/aunt or uncle) to text or email that picture to you.
- Make Valentine’s Day cookies together, decorating them with red icing and sprinkles. Share some with a friend or neighbor who lives alone.
- Using a small notebook or photo album, help your child/grandchild make a “Book of Love” for another person—a parent, grandparent, brother, sister, favorite teacher, etc. Include favorite pictures and notes of appreciation and love.
- Encourage your child/grandchild to write a poem about one of the people from biblical times who modeled love. Young children could draw a picture. Insert the poem and/or picture in a magnetic frame and put it on your refrigerator. Or, type the poem on your computer with a calligraphy font. Print it, place it in a nice frame, and display it in your home.
- Give your kids/grandkids a small bear and call him “love bear.” Tell them that they can have fun taking turns hiding the bear in dresser drawers, under couch cushions, etc. Whenever someone finds the bear, they will be reminded that they are loved. And whoever discovers the little bear will hide it for someone else to discover.
- Discuss 1 Corinthians with older children/grandchildren: “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”
What are some of your favorite Valentine’s ideas for kids?
Check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. It’s filled with creative ways that grandparents near and far can connect with their grandchildren every month. Written by a USA Teacher of the Year, Nancy Downing, and Mary Larmoyeux, a writer for FamilyLife, paper and electronic versions are available. (Great for parents, aunts and uncles, too!)