So let me start off by saying that I think Valentine’s day was created by the greeting card companies. They needed a money maker between the winter holidays and Mother’s day and Father’s day. That being said, I still like the idea of reminding your loved ones just how much they mean to you. So I’ve started a few traditions with my family and a list of ideas for when my daughter is a little older.
Special Valentine’s Basket
One of my favorite Valetines day traditions I have started with my daughter is giving her a special basket. The first year since she was so little I put in a stuffed animal, some books and a headband.
This year in a addition to books and socks I’m adding art supplies and some puzzles. Some other ideas games, doll clothes and accesories, small toys, subscrition to Highlights High Five Magazine or a subscription to Zootles (ZooBooks magazine for 3-6 year olds). Now to be honest I do have a habbit of having way too much fun and getting carried away with this stuff. So I put myself on a budget. I order a few things but most of this stuff I get at the dollar store, Five Below or the Target bins where everything is $3 or under.
I love sending and receiving homemade cards. We used constuction paper, finger paint, crayons and ofcourse lots and lots of stickers. I used a permanent marker to write a message since my daughter is too little to write. We will be sending them to family and friends.
The Hug Book by Sue Fliess
I Love You Just Like This by Sesame Street
I love you Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
Curious George Makes a Valentine
A Charlie Brown Valentine
I Love Pete the Kitty by James Dean
Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender
Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! by Doreen Cronin
Elmo Loves You by Sarah Albee
Make a special coupon book for your child
- Movie Night
- Stay up Late for a Night
- Get out of 1 Chore
- Shopping Spree for set amount of money
- Breakfast in Bed
- Ice Cream for Dinner
- Family Game Night
- Friend Sleepover
- Extra Electronics Time