Easy & Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids


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At the risk of having my woman card stripped, I'm being completely honest when I say that I never have been a fan of Valentine's Day.  Yes, it's nice to get flowers + chocolate, etc., but I really believe that every day should be used to show those around us that we love them.  Right?

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That being said, V-Day grew in meaning for me in 2017.  My daughter's first Valentine's Day.

Growing up, my mom would always have a little something for us, and there would be cards and goodies to pass out at our school party.  We even had a coinciding week dedicated to a “secret friend” exchange.  It was exciting and all, but, was it really necessary?

Now that I'm a mama, I appreciate all the effort my own mother, the teachers, and my classmates' mothers put in to making our Valentine's Days memorable and fun, even if I didn't back then.Valentine's day can be challenging. Shortly after Christmas, who wants to spend more money! Find some inexpensive ways to entertain your kids this year. Cute and easy ideas to make it a memorable Valentine's Day with the kids. #vday #valentinesday #kids #frugal #inexpensive #fun #momblog

So, in the spirit of the season, I've been thinking of ways to make Sweet Girl's second and Pip's first Valentine's Day a good one.  While Pip will be a bit small (4 months) to really enjoy anything, I still feel the desire to make an effort for him.

Since it isn't really a true holiday, and since my husband is in school (final term, yay!), I'm brainstorming for inexpensive or free ways to celebrate the day of love.  Who knows, maybe you'll create a lasting tradition.

Tweak Your Routine

One of the easiest, simplest, and most inexpensive ways to make any day a little different and exciting is to change up the way you normally do things.  This is especially fun for kids, since they'll notice the differences immediately.

Add hearts/flowers to different items throughout Valentine's Day

  • Grab some heart-shaped balloons for when the kids get up in the morning
  • Leave a nice home-made card at their breakfast spots
  • Draw a heart + flowers on the bathroom mirrors with lipstick or window writers
  • Choose red/pink clothes for the day
  • Make heart-shaped pancakes + strawberries
  • Have strawberry-flavoured milk for breakfast

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Decorate with homemade crafts

  • Heart strings
  • Stained glass hearts
  • Painted pictures

Do some Valentine's Day cooking + baking

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  • Make heart-shaped cupcakes by plopping a marble between the baking tin + liner
  • Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter for sugar or chocolate cookies
  • Find fun ideas for the heart-shaped cutter: bread, meat, cheese, fruit
  • Heart-shaped suckers
  • Invest in a heart-shaped silicon mold (I have one similar to this one) and get creative
    • Chocolates (melt down those bunnies in your freezer)
    • Jello
    • Gummy candies

Make up silly Valentine's Day games

  • If you have a bowling set, modify it to fit the theme, if not, grab some empty beverage bottles and tape paper flowers to them.  Use those as bowling pins, selecting a stuffed animal as the “ball”
  • Make a scavenger hunt
  • Find some heart stickers and hide them around.  When someone finds one he/she must do/say something nice for another person in the home
  • Invent an interview sheet all about love.  Ask your kids to fill them out (or dictate to you) and keep them for years to come

Create homemade gifts to give to others

Grandparents and other loved ones will be ecstatic to receive some of the kids' artwork or handiwork.  Anything made with love is always a great gift.

  • Cookies
  • Necklaces/bracelets
  • Cards
  • Pictures
  • Crafts

Make or purchase some small gifts for the kids

Head to the dollar store or keep your eye out on clearance racks for some cute little gifts to have at the kids' “spot” at the table or on their bed in the morning.

  • Pencils, erasers, note pads
  • Homemade memory game
  • Games
  • Jewelry
  • Stuffy toys

Just remember, Valentine's Day doesn't have to break the bank.

Valentine's day can be challenging. Shortly after Christmas, who wants to spend more money! Find some inexpensive ways to entertain your kids this year. Cute and easy ideas to make it a memorable Valentine's Day with the kids. #vday #valentinesday #kids #frugal #inexpensive #fun #momblog

The important thing is to spend the day showing love, affection + care to those we love.  As mamas, we do this everyday, even if it doesn't always get noticed.  Make Valentine's Day that special day for your kids to be aware of the love you show for them, and for them to learn the importance of showing love to others.

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Valentine's day can be challenging. Shortly after Christmas, who wants to spend more money! Find some inexpensive ways to entertain your kids this year. Cute and easy ideas to make it a memorable Valentine's Day with the kids. #vday #valentinesday #kids #frugal #inexpensive #fun #momblog

Got any other ideas or traditions for Valentine's Day in your home?  I'd love to hear.  Leave a comment or send me an email.

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62 thoughts on “Easy & Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids”

  1. I do make cards for my kids and husband and get them each a small box of chocolates. Since I’m home with my boys all day we’ll make valentine’s pancakes or red waffles for breakfast.

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  2. You are right – whilst it is sweet to mark Valentines day, the best gifts and activities are the ones that have invested time and thought, not overpriced shop bought tat! I’d always suggest the best gift is time, and dinner at a table with a candle (no TV!) is enough to make it a little more special.
    Thanks so much for joining #coolmumclub! x

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  3. What cute little bowls and I like the idea of making something together as the best gift for me would be us having some quality time together. Last year the boys helped Papa make me a meal, it was lovely! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

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  4. Some amazing ideas! I love homemade gifts and when it comes to cards, my gran always makes them so she has amazing things for card crafts! I may be single but love Valentines Day – just love hearts, teddy bears and the day after for half price chocolate 😉

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    • Discount treats are the best! Although, not so much for my waist-line. I love the card freebies I added in, be sure to check them out and let me know what you think!
      Thanks for the comment

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  5. I have never liked Valentines Day either… I have always felt like it is a corporate ploy and the romance feels forced. That said… I do get little things for my daughters too and I think these are some fantastic ideas.
    Thank you for joining #ThursdayTeam

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    • That’s a fantastic idea! We love books. I didn’t know it was the same day. I was planning to find a new book for Sweet Girl anyway. Perhaps a new tradition! Thanks

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  6. I love homemade presents on Valentines day. So much nicer when they’re personal. These are great ways of getting the kids involved #familyfunlinky

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  7. Last year I put little chocolate hearts on my children’s beds, they were so excited it was so sweet. Gifts don’t have to be expensive. Lovely ideas. Thank you so much for sharing this with us for #ablogginggoodtime Just to let you know that sadly Catie (Spectrum Mum) will no longer be a co-host for #ablooginggoodtime, we will have a new co-host this Thursday and you can still link up through Katie or myself reflectionsfromme.com Thanks, love Mackenzie

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  8. Aaaw some lovely ideas here. I think sometimes it’s the little gifts that are the most treasured because they often require you to be the most thoughtful. My girls love baking and I’m sure an afternoon of cookie-creating would make their day! #blogcrush

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  9. Aww some lovely ideas here. My kids haven;t done anything for Valentines before as me and my partner don’t normally make a big deal. This year though we will as it will be our only Valentines as an engaged couple (and then next year as a newly married couple but I haven’t told Chris yet…) Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

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  10. I’ve never really. Erm one for v day either. My grandad always used to send me a card in the post. Although denies it, still. But it’s s nice memory so it’ll be nice to do something similar for my children. I love your list of free things to do for them. It’s always the little thoughtful ones that are the best I think. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

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  11. Love these ideas, especially baking. So simple and easy! I’m planning to do this with the kids on the run up to Valentines Day 🙂
    Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time 🙂

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  12. Wow, this is such a fab list of ideas for Valentine’s Day! My eldest daughter is 7(8 in May) and she is now much more aware of this. I would like to help her creating something cool for her friends. I am not very good at baking but I really fancy baking some heart cookies. I might give it a try! 😉 Thanks so much for sharing this at #kcacols! x

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