Valentine's Day Cards and Activities

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Here are other ways that families have chosen to celebrate Valentine's Day:

Hearts on Door Handles

One February, my daughter and I decided to celebrate Valentine's Day by blessing complete strangers. We cut hearts out of leather scraps, punched holes in the top and threaded a string through the hole. Some hearts we left plain. On others we wrote notes, such as "You are loved."

We spent the week before Valentine's Day leaving these hearts on door handles, in public areas and at the grocery store. We also handed them to people with the mission to "share the love."

It's been inspiring for us to see people walking around town with our little hearts hanging on their backpacks and purses long after Valentine's Day.

—Lori Zenker

Love Notes

My family makes homemade valentines for the widows and widowers in our church. We pray over the cards and for the people they are going to. On the Sunday before Valentine’s Day, we hand them out. It’s a small way for my children to begin caring for those who may be sad or lonely on Valentine’s Day.

—Robin Meade

Community Cards

Beginning when my daughter was 2, we found a way to encourage others around Valentine's Day. We made craft hearts out of paper. I wrote, "Thank you for the love you show your community" on one side and "We appreciate you" on the other. We carried these hearts with us during February, and my daughter gave them to different workers we encountered — cashiers, librarians, custodians and others. It made her more aware of the people in our community.

—Emily Yang

Double Dates

My husband and I came up with a new Valentine's Day tradition: double-dating our children. He became our daughter's date, and I became our son's. Our hope was that our children would learn how to act on a date from our examples and would eventually look for spouses who treated them like we did on these dates.

The first Valentine's Day double date consisted of dinner and a movie. My husband held the door for our daughter, which taught our son to do the same for me. The evening continued in this way, as we gave our "dates" special attention. Everyone enjoyed this Valentine's Day event so much that we've continued the tradition over the last four years.

—Heather Lynn

Love Jar

In February, I set a "love jar" on the kitchen counter. When my kids see an act of kindness or God's love demonstrated, they write it down and place it in the jar. At the end of the month, we go out for ice cream and take time to read from the pile of slips.

—Lindsey Bell

Love Notes

When my children were little, I'd have them make Valentine's Day cards out of paper and craft supplies. Then we'd mail them to those who might be overlooked — widows and widowers who were facing their first Valentine's Day without their spouse, or friends who had recently endured a rough divorce. Then all year, whenever my children complained that they were bored, I'd have them make similar cards that we'd send as encouragement to missionaries.

—Cindi Ferrini

Love in Action

During February, my family looks for "love acts." When I see my 4-year-old do something well, I say, "Wesley, you obeyed the first time I asked. When we obey God the first time, that shows Him we love Him. Way to go!" This helps Wesley hear the connection between loving God and obeying Him.

These love acts can also be done toward each other. For example, I explain to my kids that doing chores demonstrates love for the rest of the family. When we describe love in actions, we help our children begin to understand how real love is shown through more than just our words.

—Lauren Osborne

Special Delivery

My husband and I purchased a small mailbox for Valentine's Day. Each morning in February, we placed a note and a small treat in it for our son. Grammie and Grandpa were even able to get in on it and contributed a note, as well. Our son loved it! He jumped out of bed to see what was in his mailbox each day. Our notes, which often included Bible verses, told him how much we loved him, but also how much God loved him and how special God made him. (You can make your own mailbox and notes for your children in this download.)

—Amber Pike

Show Love to Others

To help our children, ages 7 and 4, understand that all people are valuable, especially in God's eyes, I planned a simple event for our family. We began with “Love Bingo” — using homemade bingo cards with a characteristic of love (as described in 1 Corinthians 13) written into each block. I called out the characteristics and my husband helped the girls mark their cards. I took time to explain how God loves us and expects us to love others and treat them with dignity.

After our game, we prayed that God would make us aware of a need so we could show His love to someone. We noticed a homeless gentleman on our way to buy pizza. After we ordered what we needed, we purchased a pizza and drink for him. My oldest daughter wrote "God loves you" on the box before my husband handed over the food.

Though our gesture didn't significantly alter this man's plight, it did help our young daughters understand that God desires for us to share what we have with others.

Print out Love Bingo cards and calling cards to use with your kids.

—Cookie Cawthon

A New Focus for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day is all about romantic love and celebrating with your "special someone." But as our daughter gets older, we want to help her focus less on the boy in the third row at school and more on the long-lasting relationships in her life that show her she is accepted and special.

So we've made it a Valentine's Day tradition to create and deliver gift boxes filled with chocolate-covered strawberries.

As we hand-dip the strawberries, we talk about the important friendships in our lives and the joy we get from giving love to others. Later, we personally deliver the treats to close family friends. This fun tradition gives our daughter a sense of belonging among a community whose love lasts long past the February holiday.

—Janna Jones

Creative Valentine Cards for Kids

For Valentine's Day, I helped my kids use candy hearts to create personalized messages for classmates, friends and loved ones. We cut red and pink paper hearts, glued on candy conversation hearts, then added words to make more meaningful and age-appropriate messages. Here are a few:

I LOVE YOUr heart for God!

I have JUST ONE thing to say: Jesus loves you!

It's SO COOL that God gave me you as a friend!

I DARE YA to sit by me at lunch! I'll make a spot for you.

I'M SURE glad you are my little sister!

—Shannon Popkin

A Valentine's Day Tradition

I set up a Valentine's Day scavenger hunt for my 4- and 2-year-old. Each clue pertained to our home or things that we'd been reading about. The answers were locations. For example: "If what you want the most is to turn bread into toast, you use this." Or "Mr. Tumnus thought Lucy was from Spare Oom. Where is our Spare Room?"

I directed the girls to the first clue. They joyfully found each clue, asked for it to be read and then went off in search of the next. The end of their adventure revealed a hidden trove of special treats.

The following year, when we changed our calendar to February, the immediate question was, "Will we have a treasure hunt again?"

—Courtney Taylor

"Hearts on Door Handles," "Love Notes," "Community Cards" and "Double Dates" first appeared in the February/March 2019 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. "Love Jar" first appeared in the February/March 2018 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. “Love Notes,” "Love in Action" and "Special Delivery" first appeared in the February/March 2017 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. “Show Love to Others” first appeared in the January/February 2011 issue of Thriving Family magazine. “A New Focus for Valentine’s Day” first appeared in the January/February 2013 issue of Thriving Family magazine. “Creative Valentine Cards for Kids” first appeared in the February/March 2015 issue of Thriving Family magazine and was titled "Candy Heart Messages." "A Valentine's Day Tradition" first appeared in the February/March 2016 issue of Thriving Family magazine. The compiled article "Valentine's Day Cards and Activities" first appeared on (2014). If you enjoyed this article, read more like it in Focus on the Family's marriage and parenting magazine. Get this publication delivered to your home by subscribing to it for a gift of any amount.

"Hearts on Door Handles" © 2019 by Lori Zenker. "Love Notes" © 2019 by Robin Meade. "Community Cards" © 2019 by Emily Yang. "Double Dates" © 2019 by Heather Lynn. "Love Jar" © 2018 by Lindsey Bell. "Love Notes" © 2017 by Cindi Ferrini. "Love in Action" © 2017 by Lauren Osborne. "Special Delivery" © 2017 by Amber Pike. "Show Love to Others" © 2010 by Cookie Cawthon. "A New Focus for Valentine' Day" © 2012 by Janna Jones. "Creative Valentine Cards for Kids" © 2015 by Shannon Popkin. "A Valentine's Day Tradition" © 2016 by Courtney Taylor. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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