Valentine’s Day is a special holiday to celebrate with those you love. Children get so excited to celebrate almost anything. At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, we love to celebrate our students and enjoy hosting holiday parties in the classroom. During those special days, excitement and joy are spread from all the children to their teachers.
Preschool children may not be able to fully grasp the concept of sentiment but here are some fun activities you can do with your child to celebrate Valentine’s day at home and at school.
Rise and Shine My Sweetheart
Place a special note, treat or small gift on your child’s nightstand. When your child wakes up in the morning, he or she will be greeted with a special sentiment of love. If you want to go all out, decorate their room while they sleep with paper heart cut-outs and streamers.
You can hide small paper cutout hearts throughout the house, in your child’s backpack and even in their pocket for a small surprise later. Children love to object hunts in the classroom.
Look for love.
Play the “I love you to pieces” game: Cut out a big heart from construction paper, and tear it up. Hide the various pieces around the house for kids to find and then reassemble with tape.
Heart shaped pancakes with fresh fruit and whipped cream served with pink strawberry are sure to be a hit for breakfast.
For dinner, have your child help you prepare a delicious meal you know the whole family will enjoy. You can decorate the table to make it festive with homemade heart shaped placemats and confetti hearts decorated on the table. Maybe have dinner by candlelight or a vase full of fresh flowers that your child helped you pick out at the grocery store. Having your child help set the table will make them feel important and teach them to do simple tasks around the house. Children love to help adults with small tasks in return helps build positive self-esteem in them.
For dessert, you and your child can make homemade chocolate cover strawberries or decorate heart-shaped cookies with icing and sprinkles.
Cuddle together on the couch and watch Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown. Here is a list of special Valentine’s children books to read while you’re cozied up on the couch together too:
- Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George by N. Di Angelo
- Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool by James Dean
- My Fuzzy Valentine (Sesame Street) by Louis Womble
- The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
- Olivia and The Perfect Valentine by Natalie Shaw