Easy Ways to Build New Valentine’s Day Family Traditions
One of the unique opportunities for children in virtual school is that they are always surrounded by their support network. As your child starts virtual school, it is important to build a foundation of support for his or her schooling.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to develop family traditions and nurture your loving, supportive environment. Below are some ideas to get you started building these traditions, including meal ideas, craft activities, and Valentine’s movies for the whole family.
What to make
- Strawberry pancakes are a simple, cute morning treat that you and your child can cook side by side! If your family really likes the taste of strawberries or you just want to add extra color, you can also replace your maple syrup with a strawberry syrup and strawberry jam.
- Pair your pancakes with some heart-shaped fruit kabobs of your choice. Watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe are perfect for cutting out heart-shaped pieces. You can either do this by hand or use a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
What to craft
- Create secret Valentine’s Day messages for friends, neighbors, grandparents, and other family members with homemade invisible ink. All you need is some baking soda, water, grape juice, cotton swabs, and paper. It’s a simple way to get your child reading, writing, and expressing his or her feelings in a supportive environment.
What to make
- Tomato soup with a heart-shaped grilled cheese sandwich is a quick lunch to whip up with your child. Prepare the ingredients for the tomato soup and set them aside for your child to measure and add to the pot as you cook.
- Heart-shaped boiled eggs are a fun, safe cooking craft to walk your child through, as well as a healthy side to add to any meal!
What to play
- Plan a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt to get your family moving and working together. Hide Valentine-themed items around the house, such as red roses, chocolate kisses, and stuffed animals. Put together a checklist of riddles you and your child will work together to decipher, and search for the items together. As you find each item, check it off the list. When you are done, your child can pick the Valentine movie that he or she would like to watch after dinner. Take a look at the movie ideas in the “Evening Traditions” section.
What to make
- Homemade heart-shaped pizza crusts are a great way to get your child’s hands working. If you choose to make individual pizzas, your child, along with the rest of the family, can choose his or her own toppings and customize the pizza. Making pizzas can also help you get some vegetables in your picky-eater child’s stomach. Encourage him or her to add peppers, spinach, and other nutritious foods to the toppings.
- As your child is shaping his or her pizza dough and choosing toppings, you can get started on the pizza sauce. It only takes 30 minutes and doesn’t take a lot of preparation time!
What to watch
- As a reward for his or her hard work in the kitchen, or as a prize from the scavenger hunt or other activities throughout the day, allow your child to pick from a short list of Valentine’s Day movies. Below is a list of some of the movies we love! Take a look and see if any catch you or your child’s eye. Get out the pink popcorn and enjoy.
- Lady and the Tramp
- Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
- Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You
Throughout the day, use these activities to bond with your child and reinforce the supportive atmosphere you’ve built throughout the years. Help your child when needed, but don’t forget to encourage him or her to work through any challenges that may arise.
What are your family Valentine’s Day traditions? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below!