Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Family
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so we’ve gathered some fun ideas fit for the entire family! Celebrate love of all kinds with your kids through these crafts, family bonding activities, and delicious recipes. Once the kids go to bed, spend some quality time with your partner treating each other to a relaxing evening in. And equally as important, you can celebrate love for yourself by practicing self care.
Make Valentine’s Day Origami
Decorate your home with colorful origami creations! Origami is one of the easiest (and cleanest) crafts you can make; just grab some origami paper and get folding. Furthermore, you can explore origami’s origins and tradition rooted in Japanese culture. For specific instructions on how to make an origami heart, flower, or love knot, follow along with Kaela. Conversely, get creative and see what you can make without any directions! While having direction is satisfying, it might be just as fun to create your own mini sculpture.
Show Your Love
Take time with your family to take stock of all that you’re grateful for. Valentine’s Day is a great time to check in with what you value in each other and what makes you happy on a daily basis. Try spending time over lunch telling your family how much you love them and what they mean to you. Then invite your little ones to open up a conversation about what they love. Even more so, you can take it to the next level and make a game out of it. Write down three or more things you’re grateful for, read them out loud, and guess who wrote which thought!
Take a Drawing Class
Activate the right side of your brain by learning to draw! Make it love and Valentine’s Day themed with flowers, lips, or a rose, or think outside the box with a more abstract challenge. Let your creative juices flow by free-handing a masterpiece, or use a coloring book and shade inside the lines. Alternatively, take it to the next level by grabbing markers, colored pencils, and paint to create a mixed-medium masterpiece. Rather than buying decorations, hang up your creations for the world to see.
Practice Self Love
The ultimate way to celebrate a holiday centered around love is to show a little love to yourself! Instead of getting overwhelmed with the holiday, feel free to take it easy. Practice meditation to calm your mind, or take a workout class to appreciate all your body can do. Try bullet journaling to spark your creative organized mind, or just go for a long walk and spend some time outdoors. Self care can be as simple as watching a great movie or reading your favorite book. Furthermore, it’s as important to your overall health as taking a vitamin or going to a check up.
Bake a Valentine’s Day Sweet Treat
Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like a delicious dessert, and what better way to celebrate than to bake something up! First, spice up a simple recipe and try out cookie dough infused cupcakes, or challenge yourself with a brand new recipe. Baking with kids is a great way to instill the importance of fractions and math. Plus, it’s a fun way to get your hands dirty with a sweet reward at the end! Finally, if you make too many sweets, drop off the extras at a friends house and continue to spread the love.