Last Minute Valentine’s Day Fun for Kids
I seriously love planning and doing fun holiday stuff with my little man–and would I even be a Christian mommy blogger if I didn’t love using Valentine’s Day as an example to teach my son about God’s crazy love for us?! As much as I love to plan, sometimes life gets in the way and I find myself scrambling to find ideas and activities to make the day special. Luckily, it is very easy to pull together last minute Valentine’s Day fun for kids! Check out how you can make this Valentine’s Day special for your little ones in ways that come together quickly (with things you most likely already have on hand!).
What better way to show love than preparing food for others? Can you tell I am Italian? But seriously–there are lots of ways to use food to incorporate last minute Valentine’s Day fun for kids!
- Make a heart shaped meal: Use cookie cutters or choose something you can shape freely (think scrambled eggs, pasta…)
- Use Valentine’s Day colors: Choose foods, sauces, condiments, and anything else that are red, pink, or purple in color! There are tons of fruits you can use (grapes, strawberries, raspberries, apples, watermelon…)
- Choose one meal to set apart: Go out for breakfast, have a picnic for lunch (inside or outside if it is nice enough), do a fun appetizer style dinner, have a dessert buffet (try an ice cream or hot chocolate bar!)
Accompany mealtimes with conversation starters about how we can show others that we love them, thinking of people we love, and talking about God’s love for us! Try out some of these Bible verses about love:
- We love because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19
- Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8
- Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
- But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
John surely had a pretty good understanding of God’s love–at least as far as his humanity would allow!
You can check out this post for more kid friendly verses about love to memorize and study!
This is an easy one because you can use supplies you already have at home. Get creative!
- Make Valentines: This is usually done before Valentine’s Day, but it is still fun! Round up all of your construction paper, scissors, glue, crayons, and anything else you can think of and get going!
- Try some of these easy, adorable crafts–I bet you already have everything you need to do at least one of them!
- Make these Love Bugs from Mom Luck with just pom-poms, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes
- Write Secret Message Valentines like Better Homes and Gardens suggests for your little one about God’s love with just a white crayon and watercolor paint on paper!
- Make your Valentine a beautiful Macaroni Necklace from The Alison Show with only some pasta and paint
- Create this adorable Heart Bouquet from Arty Crafty Kids with construction paper, pipe cleaners, and whatever you’d like to decorate them with
Sharing the Love
Don’t forget to spread the love! There are so many free and easy ways to share love with others on Valentine’s Day. Making a point to brighten someone else’s day will excite your child and teach them important lessons about God’s love, being an example of Christ, compassion, thoughtfulness, altruism, and more! Need some ideas? Try one of these simple ways to brighten someone’s Valentine’s Day:
- Bring someone a homemade Valentine
- Call or Skype a relative or friend who doesn’t live close to say “I love you”
- Make brownies or cookies for a neighbor
- Visit a nursing home and cheer up the residents
- Write a letter telling someone how special they are to you
How Will You Spend Valentine’s Day?
I hope that if you are scrambling to put together some last minute Valentine’s Day fun for kids, you found a few ideas here that you can pull together and make the day extra special! You can also check out this list I compiled of fun, love-themed products for a post-Valentine’s celebration (or for next year). I’d love to hear any other ideas you come up with, so shoot me an email or drop a comment below!
*Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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