Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than to help your child or children make Valentine’s for their friends? Teenagers may not be too keen about sharing who they like and don’t like with you, but your younger children will get a kick out of decorating and addressing Valentine’s. Here are some creative ways to make them yourself and spend some time with your children.

Food Valentine’s

Depending on dietary restrictions for your children’s friends, you can make gift baggies of food for Valentine’s Day. You can use popcorn which is generally gluten free and can be made vegan if there’s no butter. If food restrictions aren’t a problem, then there are many different types of Valentine’s you can make! Granola bars, candy, chips, chocolate, you name it! You can get colored paper, markers, and stickers and make little tags for each bag. Kids will enjoy being able to snack on something while also knowing they’re a special friend to your children. 

Classic Valentine’s

There’s also a wide array of basic Valentine’s you can create at home. Cutting out heart shapes out of red and pink construction or colored paper is super easy. If you have more of an artistic flair, you can trace or draw certain characters if your children love different TV shows or movies. You can also go with the classic love-puns, for example: Are you a banana? Because I find you a-peel-ing! You can easily search for Valentine’s related puns online, and can cater them for the ages of your children. And the best part of making classic Valentine’s is the low amount of supplies you’ll need: colored paper, stickers, markers and potentially stencils, depending on how creative you’re feeling!

Toy Valentine’s

If your children want to give a little more than a classic Valentine, you can’t go wrong with a small toy. The possibilities are endless, and you can grab toys that come in a large quantity to make things easier too. Anything from dinosaurs, princesses, bubbles, small action figures, small stuffed animals, whatever appeals to your children! You can get Valentine’s gift bags or even make your own and decorate those with a small message as well. 

Kids will have a blast decorating and preparing their Valentine’s for their friends. It’s a great way to help your children show appreciation to others while using their creative flair!

Katie Kyzivat