Show Your Kids How Much You Love Them
This Valentine’s Day, show your children how much they mean to you with more than just a hug, kiss and some candy. These family activities, special meal ideas and thoughtful gifts are sure to make any child feel loved on Valentine’s Day — and always.
Valentine's Day-inspired meals
Say "I love you" with red, heart-shaped foods, love notes and special meals.
Breakfast: After toasting a piece of whole wheat bread, cut the toast in the shape of a heart and spread some raspberry or strawberry jelly on top. You can also make heart-shaped pancakes, top with fresh strawberries cut in the shape of a heart and drizzle strawberry preserves over the top.
Lunch: Because Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday this year, put together a special school lunch full of love — literally. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut your child's sandwich and write a love note on your child's napkin.
Dinner: Make stuffed red bell peppers, spaghetti with red sauce or another "red" food to make Valentine's Day dinner special for the whole family.
Valentine's Day scavenger hunt
Pre-plan a Valentine's Day-themed scavenger hunt for your child. This activity gets the whole family involved and is extremely fun for children. Don't forget to get creative with your words — include lots of Valentine's Day words like love, heart, cupid and red.
Valentine's Day I Love You book
This Valentine's Day I Love You book can be made ahead of time as a gift for your child or on Valentine's Day as an activity with your child.
Let your child pick his or her favorite family activity for the evening. If your child needs help with some ideas, try suggesting a few of these, then let your child pick which one he or she would like the family participate in.
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