10 Valentine’s Crafts and Activities to Spread Kindness on Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is all about spreading love, making it the perfect holiday to teach kids about kindness and the importance of caring about others. This year, think beyond the chocolate hearts to find unique ways to show friends, neighbors, and even strangers an act of kindness. Here are some cute Valentine’s Day kids’ activities and crafts your kids will love to make.
Craft a Valentine’s Day Card
You can always buy Valentine cards, but it gives the message you’re sending even more meaning when you make one yourself. Plus, it makes for a fun craft project and an excellent opportunity to have a conversation with your kids about kindness and gratitude. Cards are fun and easy to make for kids of all ages and you likely have everything you need at home to get started.
Do you live in the LA area? If so, you can donate your homemade Valentine’s Day cards to our Valentine’s Kindness Project. Otherwise consider sending them to a local nursing home or hospital near you to spread kindness.
Get Caught Being Kind
You don’t need to be awarded for kindness, but it does feel good when your kind acts are noticed. Design little cards that say “Caught Being Kind” and keep them on hand to pass out to anyone you see doing something nice for someone else. This simple paper craft is guaranteed to make their day while they make someone else’s.
Read Between the Pages
Fostering a love of reading is vital for kids as books are a gateway to so many things. They can also be the perfect spot to share some love. Craft some heart bookmarks and pass them out to friends or donate them to your local library to give out to avid young readers. Check out the directions on making heart bookmarks here.
Did you know volunteering can actually make you happier? Science shows giving back has an amazing impact not only on the people you help but on your own mental well-being. Find a local organization with special meaning for your family and spend Valentine’s Day making a difference.
Bake Treats for Others
Nothing says I love you quite like a sweet treat, but the meaning is even more significant when you take the time to make the treat yourself. Bake up a batch of this easy Valentine’s Day dessert and deliver it to a local fire station or hospital for the hard-working essential workers.
Kindness rocks are a fantastic way to spread joy all year round. For Valentine’s Day, decorate rocks with hearts and messages of love. Then go on a walk through your neighborhood and deposit the rocks for others to find and enjoy. This is a fun and engaging Valentine’s craft that both older and younger kids will enjoy.
Give a Hug
In the world of Covid, giving hugs or even high-fives can feel scary, but there’s still a way to show your friends how much you care, even if you’re avoiding contact. Make a smiling heart hug like these and pass them out to your pals when they need a hug.
You’re probably familiar with coupon books. Those adorable little printed cards kids make to give you a hug or finish a chore. You can download a printable or use some construction paper, markers and little creativity, to have your kids make coupon books with acts of kindness. This is an easy DIY craft for kids that makes a create conversation point for kindness.
Plant Some Love
Skip the cut flowers and instead give the gift of a plant that friends and family can enjoy for years to come. To make this simple Valentine’s Day craft, grab a new pot from the dollar store or repurpose. Get kids to paint a design on the outside of the pot. Fill it with soil and a small succulent.
Upcycle a Sweater
Spread love and minimize waste by upcycling an old sweater into an adorable heart shaped pillow, like these Sweater Heart Pillows from eighteen25. This is a great Valentine’s Day craft for older kids looking for something a little more crafty and challenging and an excellent way to use old clothes they’ve outgrown. The DIY pillows make for cute gifts or to use as decoration.
What are some acts of kindness you have planned for Valentine’s Day? Share your ideas with us on our Local Anchor Facebook group.