Top 7 Last Minute Valentine’s Day Fun with Children

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Here we are, days before Valentine's Day, and I've completely lost track of time. I know I can't be the only one.

These are the perfect things for you to do on a snowy February weekend when you're stuck in the house with toddlers or preschoolers who are off school.

I call these last minute because they don't take much prep, yet they're still super fun for toddlers and preschoolers.

Valentine's Day is my favorite time of year, because I love any excuse to show my love for everyone around me. Pink is also one of my favorite colors!

Who says you can't celebrate your kids on Valentine's Day?

Here are a few of my favorite crafts, activities, printables and even some recipes you can do the night before or the morning of Valentine's day!

last minute valentine activities with kids
It's important for your children to feel loved on Valentine's Day as well

1. Yarn Wrapped LOVE letters by Rainy Day Mum

I love how easy this is for little hands to do, and this works out those fine motor skills you know we need to work on with our littles.  

All you need for this is some yarn and cardboard.

Who doesn't have a thousand Amazon boxes laying around, riiiight?

It's a cute little craft you can do in an afternoon with the littles, and then they can display them on their window sill or their dresser. 

As you can see, these make up the word “love”, but you can do so many different things with this idea! Hearts would work well with Valentine's day, or you could do shapes!

The word Love made out of cardboard wrapped in pink yarn from Rainy Day Mum
Remember, art for little hands is all about the process, not perfection.

2. Heart Shaped Bird Feeders – Via Thrifty Jinxy

These are a great way for kids to get messy and create something for the birds, because they deserve a great Valentine's Day too, don't you think?

My son loves birds, so this is a great way for him to be able to learn about birds eating and what birds stick around during the winter.  My personal favorite is the Cardinal. They're so beautiful and are easy to spot with their bright red feathers.

This should set overnight for best results, so be sure to remember while making it.

3. Valentine's Day Coloring Pages

These color by numbers are really adorable, and best of all, freeeee.

Color by Number is a great way to work on number recognition while also working on fine motor skills. All you have to do is print and give them crayons. WIN WIN!

valentines day coloring pages on a white background with colored pencils all around
these color by number are a great way to work on numbers and fine motor skills

4. Valentine's Day White Chocolate Bark Bites – Via No. 2 Pencil

This sweet recipe is great for when you have a little extra time to go to the store and get things, and you want to have something that really wows people. 

They're so simple your kindergarten pal can easily make them with you. Also, are so pretty, and only take a few minutes to prepare. 

You can also change what you put in them to make them fit different holidays. It's quick and simple, and you'll love to add it to all your holiday treats once you have this recipe!

Heart shaped white chocolate topped with pink, red, and white candy coated chocolates and sprinkles.
Elegant, yet simple Valentine's Day treat!

5. Easy Valentine Hand Pies – Via Nerdy Mamma

This is the absolute definition of easy. Not like “easy” for professional pastry chefs either. I am someone who rage quits most projects that are difficult, and I can do this.

You aren't crafting these things from scratch, you're using things you already have at home, such as SLICED BREAD and PRESERVES

It's so simple, yet the finished product is so pretty. People will think you're such an awesome mom who spends so much time on their children. 

I'm sure you are an awesome mom who spends so much time on her children, but this is a great way to silence that nagging in the back of your mind saying you aren't enough.

You can be a Pinterest mom, at least for today. 

And how fun to be like “I made hand pies today for my kids!”

a cute little pie in the shape of a heart, with a red string wrapped across the front, like a bow.
You can make these beauties, today! What?!

6. Boredom Jar

I see a lot of “date night jars” for couples, so I thought I'd create something for kids!

As a stay at home mommy, we need to “spice things up” to keep our everyday life from being too boring and tedious. I would add things like going for a walk, or getting a toy from the good listening box. 

a rainbow made out of play dough with different tools around it
Creating with play dough is my favorite activity from the Bored Jar

7. Make Fun Things out of Play Dough

This snowman play dough is seriously my favorite. Whenever we make playdough, I use this recipe.

Of course you can add colors to it if you or your child wants something else, like pink or red for the love day, but I love it in white.

Last New Year's Eve we created a lot of dough with conditioner. We tried to make everything we possibly could. White conditioner with corn starch also makes a pretty cool white dough.

So what is your favorite? I'd love to know, comment below and let me know!

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  1. The variety in this roundup is great! Each craft and recipe looks like something I want to try immediately! Pinned so I will remember this next Valentine's Day!

  2. How fun! I love the bird seed hearts to do with my son and the date jar for my hubby!! Such great ideas!

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