Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and while adults will have date night and older children will have class parties, younger children may feel left out. If you’re looking for some fun opportunities to make the day special without a lot of stress, we’re sharing some simple ways you can celebrate the day of love and friendship with the whole family.
Dress for the Day
While you don’t need to get special Valentine’s Day shirts for the whole family, it can be fun to wear red, pink, and white. Either go matching – everyone wear the same color of shirt, or let everyone get a different color: red, white, bright pink, pastel pink.
Valentine’s Day Food
Keeping with the color theme, Valentine’s Day is really easy to work into food ideas, and even better, it can be healthy! Try some of these ideas:
Pink Berry Smoothie
For 2 adult-size servings, blend together:
- 1 cup of low fat milk or (or plant-milk like almond, coconut, or oat)
- 1/2 cup of Greek Yogurt (strawberry, vanilla, or plain) – optional
- 1 frozen banana cut into chunks
- 1 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen berries, including blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.
Add a bit more milk if it’s too thick for a straw.
Berry Yogurt Hearts
If you have a silicone heart-shaped ice cube tray or cupcake mold, these raspberry yogurt hearts are a snap! Chop up 1/2 cup of strawberries or raspberries, and mix them with a cup of plain, strawberry, or vanilla yogurt. Spoon it into the hearts and freeze for at least two hours. In no time, you have a simple, healthy, festive snack!
Grab your heart-shaped cookie cutter for this simple way to turn a classic cheese quesadilla into a Valentine’s Day lunch. It may be easier to sprinkle cheese between two tortillas and cut the heart out, rather than the traditional folded variety, depending on the size of your cookie cutter.
Pair the quesadilla with red bell pepper strips, berries, and other colorful foods!
Make a Love List
While Valentine’s Day is thought of as a day of romantic love, with kids, it should just be a day to celebrate love. Sit down with the kids and make lists of what you all love and why. From family members and family pets to favorite books, places to visit, and foods, this is not only a way to celebrate the day, it opens up conversations with your kids.
Decorate the House
Most likely, it will be cold and unpleasant weather for Valentine’s Day, but you can make your home look warm, cheerful, and filled with love.
With scissors, construction paper, and string or yarn, your kids can hang garlands of hearts in the windows. Simply cut out hearts from red, pink, and white paper, use a hole-punch to make a hole near the top point of the heart, and thread yarn through them so they can hang. You can even hang individual hearts from the ceiling, curtain rods, and other places around the home.
Check out some more Valentine’s Day crafts for preschoolers for additional ideas!
Happy Valentine’s Day from Our Child Care Center in Raleigh
At our preschool, we love to celebrate holidays and special days with the kids, and hopefully, you have found some ideas that you can use to brighten the day for your family. To schedule a tour with our Raleigh preschool, call us today at 919-790-6888 for our Spring Forest Road location and 919-785-0303 for our North Hills Drive Center.