Explain All Kinds of Love
When celebrating Valentine's Day with the kids, parents can help them understand by explaining the various ways their kids can love. They can talk about the kind of love between Mommy and Daddy, which involves lots of hugs, kisses and roses, but even more important for a child is the ways in which they can love! Parents can talk about the love a child has for their family, their parents, siblings, grandparents or even pets. They can also explain the love a child can have for friends or teachers. Ask the kids to name all the people (or animals!) they love and let them write the names on a large poster that they can hang on the wall for the holiday festivities.
Giving Gifts through Love
A great way to help the kids show love is to give gifts from the heart. This does not have to be expensive, some of the best gifts are homemade. Help the kids make Valentine's Day crafts for the class party or homemade hand-print cards for their grandparents. If a child can make something from the heart they can truly understand what it means to give a gift through love.
Enjoy the Day!
Sometimes it can be hard for young children to fully comprehend what it means to love someone, but that is OK. Let the kids have fun with the day and feel love in their own way. Throw a party where the kids dress up in their best red or pink Valentine's Day getup, complete with a festive hook-and-loop toddler belt. Kids can enjoy their valentine cards, candy, games and friends while celebrating a love that they may not understand, but can certainly feel.
To get things started, here are a few craft ideas!
This one involves some heart-shaped stickers, large pom poms and some googly eyes. Let the kids choose a sticker and place one large pom pom on top of the sticker. Once that is done, turn the pom pom over so the sticker is on the bottom and then glue two googly eyes on the top and poof! Each child has their own fuzzy love bug.Another fun option is to cut out a ton of paper hearts, gather up tons of stickers and glitter and let the kids create their own cards. Happy Valentine's Day, grab the kids and share the love!