One of the most special things about being a new parent is setting your own family traditions into motion. When your little one reaches the toddler stage, they start to understand the different holidays and get excited about them. Valentine’s Day with your toddler is so fun because it is a day of celebrating love! I will take any excuse to love on my toddler a little extra.
Valentine’s Day Date with Your Toddler
Although it might not be the romantic date you were imagining, a date with your toddler can still be super special! Here are some awesome toddler date ideas!
Make Valentine’s Day Snacks Together
You can turn nearly any snack into a heart if you try hard enough, and if you can’t do that you can top it with red and pink sprinkles! From cookies to frosting dipped pretzels and heart-shaped fruit this will be a delicious way to spend the holiday with your kiddo.
Have a Valentine’s Themed Game Night
When it is snowing outside and you have a little one at home, there is nothing more fun than a cozy night in playing games. Pretty, Pretty Princess, Hasbro Connect 4 Neon Pop, and Candy Land all make for the perfect Valentine’s themed game night with your little one. This cute bingo print out would be a great addition, as well!
Go on an Ice Cream Date
I can pretty much guarantee that your toddler would love to go on an ice cream date for Valentine’s Day! I know you might keep your rambunctious toddler away from sugar on most days, but Valentine’s calls for a special treat.
Create a Cookie Bar
Why spend Valentine’s Day with just your own toddler when you could have a whole toddler party? Invite over a few other families that you know and have a cookie party with all the pink frosting and heart sprinkles you could possibly imagine.
Valentine’s Day Movie Night
Snuggle up with your toddler and pop some popcorn, it’s movie night! Below are some kid-friendly movies with a little bit of romance.
- Gnomeo and Juliet
- Lady and the Tramp
5 Valentine’s Craft Ideas
Crafts are another great way to bond with your toddler. They are learning the basics of creating their own art, but they still need plenty of help from mom. Below are some of our favorite ideas!
1. Make a Love Bug
You and your own little love bug can work together to make this adorable craft! I love crafts that you can just gather supplies around the house from, because who wants to go to the craft store with a toddler? A paper plate, construction paper, googly eyes, and glue are the only things you need.
Here’s how to make a love bug!
2. Stained Glass Heart
These stained glass hearts will make for a cute piece of decor to hang in your windows. You just cut a piece of contact paper into a heart and cut tissue paper into little squares. Then your toddler can help by laying the squares onto the sticky part of the heart. Cute and easy, just like it should be!
Get step-by-step instructions from Pinterest here!
3. Finger Painting (with a Twist!)
Get a little messy this Valentine’s Day with some finger painting! Spell out love or make a heart with painter’s tape and then let your toddler loose with the paint. I recommend putting canvas or an old towel down on the ground to minimize the mess.
Check out this idea on Pinterest!
4. Bee Mine Paper Plate Craft
Another paper plate craft because they are just so adorable and practical! I love the bright and cheery yellow and the little stinger.
5. Make Sensory Foam
Toddlers LOVE sensory activities, and this bright pink foam is sure to captivate them. Fill up a tub with the homemade foam and give your little one cups, bowls, and trays that they can fill with foam!
There you have it! Wishing you the very best Valentine’s Day with your little one this year whether it involves cookies, a movie night, or DIY foam.