6 Fun Valentine Ideas that Teach Reading and Kindness

Updated: Feb 4

We all love engaging in activities that bring us closer or receiving personalized gifts from people we love. Whether it’s a friend, sibling, parent or spouse, engaging in meaningful activities builds connection.

However, young children are still learning how and that’s why we need to create activities that are meaningful through personalization and conversations.

Here are 6 activities you can do to build connection and teach kindness.

1. Playdoh

Playdoh is an underestimated resource. It’s so helpful for young kids to build finger grasp skills that are needed for writing and can spark some amazing conversation through open-ended play.

Sometimes, a whole pretend meal can be created by playdoh and a little imagination. For example, children may make a pretend dinner and dessert for you to pretend to eat.

Using open-ended materials like these rolling pins or plastic tools to cut and shape playdoh can help.

To personalize, try adding in some literacy by drawing out the first letter of the child’s name like this so they can push playdoh into the shape.

Or if you want to encourage and imitate baking, you can use something like these hearts and encourage that each heart represents a cookie or ball. You can even write letters on each of the hearts to represent specific people such as M for mommy.

Don’t forget that you can always use sheet protectors to reuse these kinds of activities over and over without the expensive laminating costs.

For quick and easy playdoh at home try using this edible Playdoh recipe.

2. Baking Cookies

If kids love playdoh, they’ll love baking cookies! Baking cookies with loved ones always leaves memories for years to come.

This experience not only teaches children how to follow some step by step process, but also has them learning to wait while the cookies bake and share, to give some cookies to others.

And if you have a chance to decorate you can encourage your child to put the first letter of their name on the cookies or help them identify them if you did it.

3. Freeze Dance or Hide & Seek Hearts

Cut out some large hearts and write your child’s name on one and other names on the other hearts such as Mommy, Daddy or a sibling name. Or even a stuffed animal or doll if that’s popular in your house.