While we aim to show love to our family every day, Valentine’s Day gives us an excuse to be a little more intentional and create some memories to strengthen our family culture.
However, this can be difficult since Valentine’s Day often falls on a school day during an already busy week. Here are some fun, yet easy ideas to make memories with your family, simply.
Learn the True Story of St. Valentine
While there are many versions available, we prefer listening to the Adventures in Odyssey version. Find it at WhitsEnd.org on Valentine’s Day and for a week after!
Pink and Red Food
Many foods can easily be dyed pink or red (naturally!) for a fun twist on your normal menu. Blend a few strawberries or raspberries into pancake batter; make a strawberry or raspberry smoothie or add dried (or fresh) cranberries to your favorite chocolate chip cookie or muffin recipe.
Serve a Special Dessert
Dessert isn’t a normal part of our meal plan. Since I save desserts for special occasions, even a simple dessert makes a meal a celebration! This year I’m making Trim Healthy Mama Cheesecake (from the cookbook). Cheesecake is my husband’s favorite, and when made in a pie plate instead of a springform pan, is super easy too! I’m also making my non-cheesecake loving child Brownie Pudding Cake (very similar to this recipe); it’s super quick and easy, and he loves it!
Love Scavenger Hunt
This idea of a love scavenger hunt by Big Family Blessings is cute and easy to do with all ages. Use a different color of construction paper for each member of your family. This would be a fun one to prep during the day with the kids as a surprise for Dad when he gets home from work.
Family Movie Night
Stuffed Suitcase lists 25 movies to choose from for a family movie night. Our favorites from this list are Tangled and Wall-E.
Valentine’s Day Craft
Valentine’s Day Science
Less crafty and more science fun, I know my kids would love these STEM activities from Little Bins for Little Hands.
Share the Love
Are you still looking for Valentine’s gift ideas for the school class party? These applesauce cups (by Savoring the Good) and these chips bags (by Meet Penny) are a creative and much less sugary option than candy!
Do you have a favorite Valentine’s Day idea? Please share in the comments!