There isn’t a day that goes by that most parents don’t show their kids how much they care. But Valentine’s Day gives moms and dads an excuse to go that extra mile to reiterate to youngsters how special they truly are. And since there is no such thing as too much love, showering kids with gifts on special days is always a blast. Here are some fun Valentine’s Day gift ideas that say “I love you” to children.
Give Valentine Themed Children’s Books for Valentine’s Day
Great books never go out of style. For this reason, they make great Valentine’s Day surprises for kids. Books provide a platform for early literacy, and can be passed down from child to child. If the books are in good condition when children outgrow them, they can be donated to local charities for other kids to enjoy.
During Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day themed books are perfect for the occasion. Some fun reading selections for this special day include Be Mine, Be Mine, Sweet Valentine by Sarah Weeks (HarperFestival, 2005), If You’ll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant (HarperTrophy, 2005), and The Night Before Valentine’s Day by Natasha Wing (Grosset & Dunlap, 2001).
Give Children’s Movies for Valentines Day
Movies make excellent Valentine’s Day gift ideas for children. Kids can pop popcorn, kick back, and indulge in a Valentine themed movie. Some prime selections include Mickey and Minnie’s Sweetheart Stories (2004), Barney: Be My Valentine, Love Barney (2000), and Be My Valentine Charlie Brown (1975).
Give Craft Materials for Valentine’s Day
A basket full of crafting goodies is a sure winner for the child who loves to create. The Valentine’s Day surprises in the craft basket will give kids hours of creative fun. Some of the things that can go in the basket include:
- tissue paper
- construction paper
- googly eyes
- safety scissors
- large buttons
- pipe cleaners
- card stock
- Valentine themed coloring books
- crayons and markers
- non-toxic paints and watercolors
Give Children Board Games for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day gift ideas for children are best when they bring families closer. Board games provide an opportunity for parents and children to spend quality time together, while at the same time improving kids’ problem solving abilities, and concentration.
Appropriate board game choices for young children include I Spy Preschool Game, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Cranium Cariboo, and Good Night Moon (the game).
Even though parents shower their kids with love every day, it doesn’t hurt to go that extra mile and give youngsters books, craft baskets, games and movies on Valentine’s Day just to remind them of how special they are.