Top 5 Valentine Tradition Ideas for your kids

I’ve been talking with some friends lately about creating memories, not moments. What I mean is trying to find ways to step away from the quick and easy and create something that will have a lasting impression on our kids. This doesn’t have to be difficult nor does it have to be expensive. Actually, it’s often the gift of time spent rather than anything monetary that has the best impressions. So this Valentine’s Day instead of candy, create a new tradition. Here is a Top 5 List of Tradition Ideas I compiled so your kids can feel special and loved on this fun day:   valentines 1

  1. Scavenger HuntOur Best Bites has a really cute take on a scavenger hunt. She uses construction paper to create conversation hearts. You could have them lead anywhere but hers led to a Valentine breakfast…#2 on my list. If you want to still do candy for Valentine’s day this would also be a fun way to add excitement to it. Cute right? Here’s the link for her whole idea… http://www.ourbestbites.com/2011/02/valentine-breakfast-surprise/  valentine breakfast
  2. Valentine Breakfast. Use your best china to let your littles know that they are special too. Think berry smoothies, heart shaped pancakes or french toast, and red napkins. Or 247Moms has a list of 7 different breakfast ideas if you need further inspiration. The full link is here: http://www.thedatingdivas.com/you-me/show-him-the-love/50-fun-daddy-daughter-and-fatherson-date-ideas/
  3. date jarMake a date-your-kid jar. I saw this cute idea at The Dating Divas. Not only do they give you 50 great ideas to start with but also step by step instructions.  This would be so fun to compile with your kids to use on weekends, school holidays, or vacations. And it doesn’t have to just be for Daddy. You could even color code it…white is free, purple is under $10, pink is more expensive. For the full link and instructions go here: http://www.thedatingdivas.com/you-me/show-him-the-love/50-fun-daddy-daughter-and-fatherson-date-ideas/   vday-dinner-2
  4. Offer to watch your friend’s kids and host a Pizza Night. Offer to watch your friend’s kids so they can have a date night. You can make homemade heart shaped pizzas with the kids, watch a movie and have popcorn. It’s a treat for the kids AND a huge blessing to your friends that can enjoy a quiet and romantic evening. Then you and your hubby can enjoy a different night out :) Completely Type A has a great tutorial on how to make these darling pizzas. Spread out the toppings and let the kids each decorate their own. Fun! Full link here: http://completelytypea.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/valentine-dinner-easy/    val pic
  5. Find a way to Love Someone Else. I love the idea of finding ways to show kids how to bless others. A short list of examples: Make a blessing box for a neighbor and fill it with cookies. Love your neighborhood by picking up garbage. Make love notes for the grandparents. Make a Love Box for someone you know that is alone this Valentine’s Day and fill it with cookies, homemade cards, gift certificates, movie, candy. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Walk some animals at the local humane society.

What are YOUR plans for celebrating Valentine’s Day? 

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