4 activities that are sure to make this Valentine’s Day extra special

Like any holiday this past year, Valentine’s Day will probably look a little different than usual. And while the experience of dropping candies and notes into friends’ “mailboxes” at school might not be possible, there are plenty of ways to still make this holiday feel warm and fuzzy. We’ve rounded up some our favorite crafts, recipes, and activities for you to try at home with your family:

Try some sweet and savory cooking projects

Undoubtedly, one of the best parts of Valentine’s Day for kids (and some adults!) is the seemingly endless supply of cookies, candies, and chocolate. Unfortunately, having lots of little hands dipping into the same bowl of sweets probably isn’t the safest idea. Instead, try making some heart-shaped delights like these cookies or this salad, which are sure to put a smile on your family’s faces — and keep the sugar crashes to a minimum.

Play a Valentine themed learning game

Get your family up and moving, or at least up and thinking, with a fun game! Have your child play Cupid and organize an arrow tossing game with the family. Or, for something a little more lowkey, try this word game, which encourages kids to write their own vocabulary cards and memorize short words. 

Bring out your child’s inner poet

Writing poetry is hard work, but it’s a great way to be creative while practicing reading and writing skills. Poetry is especially appropriate for this holiday because poems are often about love! Have your kids try their hand at writing a limerick or pantoum poem.  

Make an at-home masterpiece 

When all else fails, fall back on these art projects. Who else remembers cutting hearts out of construction paper or making tissue paper bouquets? Pass this Valentine’s Day tradition along to your kids with step-by-step guides for making a heart wreath and tissue paper flowers.