Looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family? With fun activities, crafts, and games, you and your children can get into the spirit of love and enjoy the holiday together. Plus, our Sawyer educators like Splat Lab have online, free Valentine’s Day activities that you can participate in on a playdate or as a family.
In this guide, we’ll outline some of our favorite Valentine’s Day activities for kids, including games, crafts, and even free printable Valentine’s Day cards that your children can decorate and give out at school or to friends.
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Valentine’s Day activities for kids
Celebrate Valentine’s Day all week long with these activities for your whole family! With these activities, you can help your child explore something new and have fun while learning about the holiday.
- Bake Valentine’s Day treats. Get in the kitchen with your little one and have fun! Valentine’s Day lends itself to lots of great baked goods. You can go as simple as heart shaped sugar cookies and decorated pink cupcakes or you can try something more complicated like red velvet chocolate truffles. There are many benefits of cooking and baking with kids, like stronger math skills, better hand eye coordination, and more.
- Read a Valentine’s Day book. One of the joys of Valentine’s Day with children is celebrating all of the people you love, not just romantic relationships. Enjoy a Valentine’s Day book with your child that shows the power of love for everyone. Some of our favorites are When I’m With You, Porcupine Cupid, and This Is Not a Valentine. Check out more of the best books for toddlers to add to your bookshelf.
- Watch a Valentine’s Day movie. The Charlie Brown Valentine’s Day episode is a classic for a reason! Your child might not connect with Charlie Brown like you did when you were younger, but they will still enjoy this episode. You can also watch Frozen, Trolls, Gnomeo & Juliet, or The Princess & the Frog for more updated versions of classic stories for children.
Valentine’s Day games for kids
Games make everything more exciting! If you are hosting a Valentine’s Day event for families or other children, including some Valentine’s Day games is a great way to keep the fun going and all of the children entertained. Here are some of our favorite Valentine’s Day games for kids of all ages to enjoy.
- Chocolate kiss tic-tac-toe. This is tic-tac-toe except instead of writing x and o in each box, you and your child can use different colored chocolate kisses! At the end of the game, you can treat yourself to a chocolate kiss to celebrate the chocolatiest holiday.
- Pin the arrow on Cupid. A Valentine’s version of pin the tail on the donkey that will have all of the children at the party giggling and celebrating. You can also play pin the arrow on the heart or any other version of the game.
- Valentine’s Day BINGO. Create a BINGO card with common Valentine’s Day items and phrases and then have your family see how many they can find in the week leading up to the big day. It’s a fun way for your child to see the many Valentine’s Day tropes as they gain their own perspective on the holiday.
- Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunts are a fun and exciting way to get your family outside, exploring the neighborhood and community. Ask your children to find heart shaped rocks, red leaves, and more Valentine’s-themed items in nature and all around them. Check out more scavenger hunt ideas for kids.
- Name that tune (love songs). If you have older children, name that tune with love songs is a fun way to get them thinking and learning about different styles of music. Plus, it might turn into an impromptu dance party and you can’t beat that!
Valentine’s Day crafts for kids
Valentine’s Day and art go hand-in-hand. Whether you are making DIY gifts, cards, or something in between, these Valentine’s Day crafts for kids are perfect. Share the love and have fun at the same time. Plus, we have printable Valentine’s Day cards and crafts that can make your arts & crafts time even simpler.
- Footprint hearts. If you have a toddler, you can create a little heart out of their footprints. Stamp one of their feet in red paint and then place them in the shape of a heart. You can write a cute message along with the heart like “I love you from your head to your toes” and give the print as a card or gift.
- Paper flowers. Why spend money on real flowers when you can create beautiful flowers out of paper as a family. This is not as difficult as it sounds and your child will be thrilled with their work. Use our guide to learn how to make DIY flowers out of paper for this Valentine’s Day.
- Heart cards. You can also make hearts out of paper and use them as decoration for Valentine’s Day or give them as cards to the people you love. We have a guide with the instructions to make a heart out of paper.
Printable Valentine’s Day crafts for preschoolers
With little ones, printable crafts are often a lot easier. There is less mess involved and it takes less time to do the activity, which is perfect for their shorter attention spans. Here are some of our favorite printable Valentine’s Day crafts for preschoolers.
- Our own printable Valentine’s Day cards. This is the perfect craft for your preschooler because you can print the cards and then let them run wild on the decorations. The real beauty is their creations, so let their creativity be the star.
- Astronaut puppets. Your toddler will love decorating these printable astronaut puppets and then creating a puppet show with them! You can even use this as a teachable moment to explain the phrase, “I love you to the moon and back”.
- Hedgehog Valentine’s card. Hedgehogs are prickly on the outside but warm and cuddly on the inside. With this printable card template, you can help your preschooler learn not to judge a book by its cover.
Looking for more winter activities for kids, including indoors, outdoors, and everything in between? Check out our full guide! Plus, be sure to check out the wonderful classes that educators offer every day on Sawyer. Let’s make this winter the best one yet!