You should know by now, that I love a theme! If there is an occasion to be celebrated I will go hard on that theme and incorporate it in our play. It really is the easiest way to inspire new play ideas! While Valentine’s Day is traditionally about telling your partner how much you love them, there is absolutely no reason why it can’t be about saying “I love you” to anyone you care about, especially our children!
This Valentine’s Day I was inspired by a post on Skip To My Lou who ‘heart attacked’ her children’s bedroom doors. Each day for 14 days, she stuck a heart to their door with a something she loved about that child. By Valentine’s Day they had a door full of beautiful love notes from mum. A Valentine’s Day love wall for kids!
I’ve pre-written my 14 hearts out so I’m ready to go come 1 February, but don’t worry if you start late – your child will love these words of affirmation any day! You could even just plaster their door with a bunch of heart notes on Valentine’s Day itself if you can only commit to one day!
Aside from being a fun Valentine’s Day treat for your children, I feel it’s important to make sure our children always know how much they are loved without exception. Often the phrase ‘I love you’ can be lost amongst the many other autopilot phrases we say throughout the day. With so many small moments as you go about your day prompting you to say ‘I love you’, your child might stop connecting with the phrase and it could mean as much as you saying ‘don’t forget your shoes’. By mixing things up a bit and telling them exactly WHAT you love about them, you’ll be reconnecting and emphasising the truth of your love.