If you are like us and homeschool most of the traditional ways to make your child feel loved on Valentines Day are not really a fit for you. Packing a lunch full of treats and notes just doesn’t work. The good news is you can really work the Valentine’s Day fun into your school day or even take a day off to have some fun.
Fun Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day with Your Homeschooled Child
Start the day out with a fun Valentines themed breakfast. Heart shaped pancakes topped in strawberries and whipped cream is a great way to make breakfast fun. You can even have the kids make their own butter.
Have your own Valentine’s Day party. Each year our preschool program Mothe Goose Time sends the cutest little party sets for the kids. While designed to be used in a classroom setting fo daycares and preschools it makes a great addition for homeschoolers day too. These parties can be as elaborate or as simple as you would like. Make a day out of it. Here ae some ideas to make it fun from Mother Goose Time.
Spreading Love Snack Idea
What you need:
- strawberry preserves
- heart cookie cutter
- spreader or butter knife
Have your child cut bread slices with your heart shaped cookie cutter then spread on the strawberry preserves before serving to others. Mother Goose Time sent a recipe for mixing strawberries and sugar but this saves time and makes the snack easier to manage with multiple young kids joining. At the kids request ours became Heart shaped PB and J sandwishes.
Matching Hearts Alphabet Game
Mother Goose Time sent this adorable heart letter matching game where each half of the heart is the upper and lower case letters of the letters spelling love. This would be so easy to make yourself and perfect for little ones.
Love Bug Headband Craft
What you need:
red construction paper
- pipe cleaners
- markers, glitter, other art supplies for decorating
What to do:
- Create a headband out of construction paper securing around your child’s head with a staple where the band overlaps.
- Cut three hearts one large and two small.
- Center the large heart on the headband.
- Use the pipe cleaners to attach the Love Bug Antenna with the little hearts for the tops.
- Decorate as your child wishes.
I love how Mother Goose Time saves me time by having everything cut so I just have to put it together. Want more Valentines activities? Check out this Valentine’s glitter playdough.
More Fun Ways to Spend Valentines with your Homeschool Child
Go on a parent-child date. Get dressed up and go do something fun. Go out to eat somewhere your child’s meal will be free or go somewhere really fun and save by just getting desert. If you live in a warm climate a picnic would be so much fun.
If going out on a fun date with your child is not an option why not cuddle up with hot cocoa and a movie for a fun family Valentine’s evening before the kids go to bed. This is a great way to get some quality family time in and relax everyone so they can go to bed easy. Then you are free for a date night at home with your Valentine.
Spend time doing acts of kindness together. Around Christmas everyone loves to do kind things for others. After the season is over many stop with the random acts of kindness. Bring the fun back to life with your child for Valentines Day. You could make Valentines for neighbors or homeless care packages to hand out to spread the Valentines day love.
Send your child some mail. Kids love mail and sending them a Valentine’s card is a great way to make them happy this valentine’s day. This is really great if you can not spend Valentine’s Day with your child for one reason or another. If you decide to do a valentines day party with your kids you could even mail the invites.