What’s nicer for kids (and adults) than a day that’s set aside just for sending love? As we get through the next chapter of the COVID-19 pandemic, Valentine’s Day is perfectly time for an extra boost of togetherness – masked and socially distanced, of course.
Even if your family is in quarantine, or your child’s classroom is skipping their usual Feb. 14 activities, there are lots of creative and safe ways for your child to celebrate Valentine’s Day right at home.
1. Get creative with DIY decorations.
If your family was sad to put away the holiday decorations, this tip’s for you. Build up to the big day with DIY Valentine’s Day decorations around the house. Get your child started now as a way to keep them entertained on bad weather days. (Bonus: Construction paper hearts in the windows double as love for healthcare heroes!)
2. Make Valentine’s Day cookies.
Even better? Set up a video chat baking date with grandparents or other loved ones your child is missing, and have everyone decorate cookies together. Your child will get the connection they need to grow resilient, and build kitchen skills at the same time. Want step-by-step tips? Adapt the instructions from this holiday cookie how-to.
3. Plan heart-healthy activities.
February isn’t just Valentine’s Day – it’s also American Heart Month! So use Valentine’s Day to show some love to your child’s heart health: Check out these 23 Indoor Activities for Heart-Healthy Kids. From living room obstacle courses to a good old-fashioned dance party, let your child choose the activity, and get ready for fun.
4. Have a Valentine’s Day movie night.
You can feature a themed classic like “A Charlie Brown Valentine.” Or let your child pick a movie based on the question: What does love mean to them? (Friends? Family? Batman?) To make sure your selections are age appropriate, check commonsensemedia.org.
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