This year, Valentine’s Day falls over a long weekend for my kids. The plan is for them to be with their dad, since I got to have them over their long weekend in January. I think this may be the first Valentine’s Day that I won’t be with my kidlets. I will miss them, but I am okay with it for two reasons: they will be so happy enjoying their time with their dad, and we celebrated together before they went with their dad. We made sure they had Valentines cards for their dad and his girlfriend, and then we went to work making Valentine blueberry muffins. Its a small way for us to celebrate and share the holiday.
I usually try to figure out a way to celebrate most holidays with them, even when we won’t be together on the day itself. I started this right after their dad and I separated, as a way to show them that the day of celebrating can be arbitrary, and the holiday itself is how you spend it with your family and friends.
My kids are big fans of scavenger hunts, mazes, cooking, and games. Sounds like a lot of work, right? Thanks to Pinterest, its so easy to find printables, even the day of the holiday itself. Yes, Pinterest can allow us to wait until the very last minute and still look like a rock star parent! This year, the kidlets had these fun activities waiting for them when they got home from school:
-Scavenger hunts from Mom On The Side and Blessed Beyond A Doubt
-Word search from Simply Kelly Designs
-Maze from PrintActivities.com
I like to mix the activities inside the scavenger hunt so it makes the shorter hunts take a bit longer! This one was hiding with a clue in the dish cupboard!
Yes! I even put one under my kitchen table waiting to be discovered!
I know some of my friends are like me wondering often what to do to make the day special for their kids, so I just wanted to share some of what we did last night together. You can check out my Pinterest board for more ideas for making it a happy Valentine’s Day for your sidekicks. Do you have something special that you do with your children to celebrate Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear about it in the comments! Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!