Kids delight in the little things, so there’s no reason to break the bank to make their Valentine’s Day special when you can easily incorporate small surprises throughout their day or week.
While the kids are sleeping, string heart garland across their doors for something fun to wake up to in the morning. Made with construction paper and string I already had on hand, this couldn’t have been easier.
Food is one of the easiest ways to add a festive touch. Heart-shaped bowls are great for cereal (and cost effective if you use the same ones year after year) …
Or heart-shaped pancakes if you have time to cook breakfast.
It’s easy to dress up lunch, too. Someone gave me these heart-shaped silicone baking cups years ago, and I don’t know if I’ve ever baked with them, but I do frequently use them as snack cups, especially in February!
Cookie cutters come in handy for fun food shapes, too. For a school lunch, pack heart-shaped sandwiches and veggies. For an afternoon snack, cut cheese into heart shapes.
I like to keep seasonal books tucked away so they feel new every year when each holiday rolls around. This is one of my favorite Valentine’s books from when I was a kid that I found online to give to my oldest when she was a baby. My favorite poem from the book, “I Love You More Than Applesauce,” is framed and hanging above her bed (pictured).
A few more choices from the library provide us a little more Valentine’s variety without spending anything.
Does your family have any Valentine’s traditions?