What kids think of Valentine's Day

Is love sparkly? Do parents go on dates to Costco? According to these kids' descriptions of Valentine's Day, that's how they see it.

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  • If you agree that love is "sparkly," or if you've ever been on a date to Costco, you probably found this video pretty relatable with how your kids would have answered.

  • For most people, Valentine’s Day is all about roses and romance. But you don’t have to reserve “I love you” just for that one special someone; you can help your kids feel the love, too. Here are just a few family ideas to make their February 14 special:

    • Make mailboxes for each family member out of cardboard boxes or a clear shoe holder. Have everyone write “love letters” to each other and deliver the letters in the mailboxes, or hang the notes from the ceiling, as one FamilyShare user described.

    • Valentine's breakfast is another fun tradition. Break out the cookie cutters and make some delicious heart-shaped pancakes. Make some eggs in the shape of a heart, and put them on toast. Better yet, mold some heart-shaped cinnamon rolls. Get creative in the kitchen and your whole family will be feeling (and tasting) the love as you gather around the table.

    • "Heart attack" your kids' bedrooms with little hearts. Write one thing you love about them on each heart, then hang, hide, tape and show off the hearts all over their room.

    • Get your daughters some flowers and your sons a box of chocolates, or any other gift they love. Getting your kids a small present will help them feel special. This is important to remember in case her friends have a Valentine at school and the pressures of the day make her feel a little down.

    • Do a Valentine's-themed craft to get the creativity going in your house. Stained-glass tissue paper hearts, homemade play-doh, and sparkly spinner painted hearts are just a few ideas from the blog The Imagination Tree. These make great traditions and cute keepsakes, too.

    • Send your family on a Valentine's Day scavenger hunt in a fun game that teaches them problem-solving skills. Leave clues sending your kids into every corner of the house until they finally stumble upon their favorite sweets.

    • Decorate heart-shaped cookies with pink frosting, sprinkles, or Valentine's messages. As a family, deliver the cookies to neighbors and friends, especially those who are feeling lonely or need a pick-me-up.

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  • February 14 doesn't have to be all about planning a date or eating at a fancy restaurant. Instead, it can be a relaxed, fun way to spend time with your family and show them why you love them. Hopefully, this "love list" will get your creative juices flowing to make your kids' Valentine's Day extra special.

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Alysa Kleinman is a journalism student and an intern at Deseret Digital Media. 

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