Valentine's Day is all about love. So why not celebrate it with those you love most? Your family!
Here are six ideas to make Valentine's Day fun for the whole family this year:
1. Plan "love" meals
This doesn't have to be complicated. Make heart-shaped pancakes and sprinkle with powdered sugar, or waffles covered with strawberries. Serve with hot cocoa and you'll be the best mom ever!
Ready for lunch? Break out the cookie cutters and cut sandwiches, quesadillas, or even pizza into heart-shaped yumminess. Have school-aged kids? Add to their lunchbox for a surprise!
Looking for more Valentine's themed food ideas? Check out our heart-shaped fruit kabobs, and more ideas from our friends at Macaroni Kid EATS!
2. Post daily appreciation hearts
Your kids will never truly understand how much you love them. But you can try to let them know! Tell them all the reasons you love them with special hearts posted on their doors every day of February. Involve the whole family by having the kids and adults in your house leave hearts with kind words on each others' doors. Need some inspiration? Check out these 100 Punny Valentines sure to make your kiddos laugh -- or groan.
3. Create conversation heart prompts
Get the family talking with these Valentine-themed dinner table conversation starters. Have fun!
4. Make decorations with the kids
Kids love to craft! It doesn't have to be complicated or even involve a trip to the store! Check out this fun and easy paper heart chain. Look to our Macaroni Kid Pinterest page or these fun ideas from WE Events!
5. Make homemade Valentine's Day cards
Who needs store-bought? Your kids can be adventurous and make valentines for the whole class! Or check out our free printable Valentine's Day cards, perfect for a class!
6. Volunteer in your Community as a Family
Spend time as a family AND share the love with others in your community. Visit a shelter like The Anti-Cruelty Society to spend time with the animals waiting for their forever homes, or make valentines for residents in your local nursing home or hospital.
Enjoy your true loves on Valentine's Day ... and all year long!
Jennifer Hill is the publisher of Macaroni Kid Fremont, Calif.