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Love is in the air with these Valentine’s Day ideas for families.

When we think of Valentine’s day, we often think about romantic date nights with our loves. But this is also a fantastic day for the family. You can use Valentine’s Day to show love and appreciation to every member of the family. Make Valentines Day a new yearly family tradition at your house. You can use some of the Valentine’s Day ideas for families to build memories that your children will treasure for years to come.

Secret Valentine Notes

Leave secret valentines on their pillows and writes sticky notes of appreciation for them to find tacked up around the house. You can also print out these premade hearts and stick them on their bedroom door each morning. It’s like a little love gift you leave to them each day.

Another idea is to put secret valentine notes in your kiddos lunch box. These can be handwritten notes on a piece of paper or you can grab these free printable lunchbox cards here.

valentine's day ideas for families

Get Crafty

Little kids love to do valentine crafts on this day. Our house is decorated with kid made craft hearts and even valentine place-mats for our dinner table. On our place-mats, we write “I love you” in as many different languages as we can find with the help of the internet. Another family valentine’s day idea is to decorate a family mailbox. Set this mailbox in a central location and every member of the family can leave notes for each other.

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Is it Even Valentine’s Day Without Food?

Plan on having red foods for dinner such as valentine rice which you can make by just adding a little red food coloring to the water as you cook the rice. Valentine’s mashed potatoes can be made the same way. Strawberry milkshakes served with dinner are a fun way to break from the usual routine of dinner drinks. All of these are fun foods that kids love to eat and drink. Kids help to make the holiday celebration meal and snacks for an evening party. A red Valentine’s heart cake is easy to make if you have these heart-shaped baking pans. If you don’t have them you can just cut a v-shape out of the top and shave around the opposite end to form into a point. After the party, you can settle in and watch a fun-loving family type movie before going off to bed.

While you certainly can show your love and appreciation for your family all year, Valentine’s Day just makes it a little extra special. How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family?