A Valentine's Day Countdown for Kids
  

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A Valentine's Day Countdown for Kids

For Valentine's Day this year, I wanted to do some fun things with my kids so we put together this Valentine Countdown for Kids! There is a little envelope for each day and inside is a little note, with a valentine activity for the kids or the family to do together that day, in preparation for Valentine's Day!  I'm excited about the things on our list (which I will share in this post)!

Valentine's Day Countdown Activities for Kids



Valentine Activity Countdown or Advent for Kids

Valentine Envelope Countdown Supplies:


  • Scrapbook Paper
  • String or Twine or Ribbon
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Clothes Pins
  • Small Envelopes
  • Stickers
  • Pens or Thin Markers

Kids Valentine Countdown Tutorial Supplies
I found the stickers at a dollar store, the envelopes and clothes pins at Michaels, and we already had everything else we used.

Valentine's Day Countdown Instructions:


Here's how we put together our countdown. I love how it ended up looking like a little bunting, so that it doubles at Valentine's Day decor.

1. Decorate the Envelopes


We started by decorating the envelopes.  You could number the envelopes or decorate with stickers, markers, drawings, etc. There's no limit to what you could do to make your envelopes pretty!  I found these cute stickers that were just the right size for our envelopes, so we just added the stickers to the envelopes.

February Valentine Advent Activities for Kids

2. Make the Cards


For this step, I just measured the envelope and used my paper cutter to cut the scrapbook paper just a little smaller so that it would fit easily within the envelope. I wrote an activity on each paper and put them inside the envelopes.

Family Valentine Advent Activities

3. Plan the Order of Activities


I carefully arranged which activity went into which day's envelope because I wanted to do certain activities earlier in the countdown, or on a particular day of the week.

Valentines Day Crafts for Kids

4. Put It All Together


The girls had fun helping me to assemble the countdown. It turned into such a cute little piece of Valentine decor for our home! I'm excited to get started on the activities (some of which were suggested by the girls, and some will be surprises).

Valentine Advent Banner for Kids

Here's a list of the kid-friendly Valentine activities we'll be using as well as a few extra ideas you might want to incorporate into your countdown!

Our List of Kid-Friendly Valentine Activities



  • Make a heart bunting and hang it up to decorate!
  • Make Valentine Cards to mail to far-away cousins
  • Write 2 or more things that you love about each family member on their own paper heart (don't look at them yet- these are for a future day!)
  • Make Valentine Cards for School Friends (we bought cards this year, so we'll get them all addressed & decorated & ready to go!) Here are a few different Valentine posts for ideas and  inspiration!
  • Valentine Mad Libs (I'm going to print some pages & do them with the kids for fun)
  • Make a Family Back Massage Chain
  • Make a "Heart Attack" for someone's door
  • Make heart shaped cookies or Rice Krispie Squares
  • Deliver the Valentine Treats we made yesterday to someone we love
  • Make heart shaped pancakes
  • Valentine's Day Treasure Hunt (we'll make up some clues & send the girls around the house. At the end, their treasure will include the notes we write to each other on Day 3 of our countdown.. and maybe we'll throw in some surprise treats from Mom & Dad, too!)

More Valentine Activities and Free Printables for Kids



Valentine's Day Idea Roundup


And while we're sharing Valentine's Day ideas, I've teamed up with 30 bloggers to share some great ideas with you from kids' activities to recipes to home decor!  Check these out! (links are below the images)

Canadian Bloggers Valentines Day Blog Hop


Valentine's Day Cherry Pie by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life

Valentine's Triple Berry Breakfast Parfait by Joanna at Lazy Moms Blog

Valentine's Day Mini Bouquet with Printable Wrap by Lucy of Craftberry Bush

DIY Iron-On Mini Tote Bags for Galentine's Day by Joann of Woman in Real Life

DIY Clay Valentine Heart Wall Hanging by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Valentine's Day Smoothie Bowl by Kristeena of Motherhood in Stilettos

Chunky Crochet Heart Banner by Christina of The DIY Mommy

'I'm Stuck On You Valentine' Free Printable by Chandra of HashtagBlessed Blog

DIY Love Tees by Colleen of Lemon Thistle

Red Velvet Cheesecake by Kim of Kim Power Style

Custom Floral Dishware DIY with Temporary Tattoos by Christine of Amidst the Chaos

Valentine's Day Keto Cheesecake by Thalita of The Learner Observer

How to Host a Mother/Daughter Galentine's by Kelsey of Kelsey Diane Blog

Free Printable Farmhouse Style Valentine's Day Cards by Shannon of AKA Design

GALentine’s Day Tea Party by Shauna of Satori Design for Living

Valentine Heart Necklace by Christine of The DIY Dreamer

Simple Valentine's Day Decor by Alicia of A Burst of Beautiful

Valentine's Sushi Recipe by Stefania of From the Playpen

Valentine’s Day Decor by Dannyelle of Life is a Party

Valentine Countdown for Kids by Heather of Raising Memories

Love Sign by Meagan of Row House Nest

Valentine's Day Kindness Countdown Calendar by Jen of Rambling Renovators

Rustic Valentine's Day Decor by Sarah of The Project Pile

Peach Raspberry Crisp by Brittany of My Daily Randomness

How to Make Pine Cone Roses by Jane & Sonja of Sustain My Craft Habit

Handmade Paper Gift Boxes by Jessica of The Vanderveen House

DIY Valentine's Day Pouch by Lidia of Design Inside the Box

Valentine Oreo Cookies by Kendra of Joy In Our Home

Valentine's Day Lunch Idea by Adriana of Chaos and Caffeine

Chocolate Cherries Baileys Cookies by Emily of daydreaming of elsewhere





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23 comments:

  1. What a fun way to countdown to Valentine's Day! I'm certain my little Ema would love this craft! Thanks for sharing!! Pinned!

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  2. We love counting down to Valentine's Day. What a cute idea!

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    1. Thank you Jen! :) I'm excited to start the countdown!

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  3. So freaking cute!!! My daughter would be all over this!

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    1. Thank you Lidia! :) My daughter reminded me this morning to make sure I was ready to do our first activity after school! ;)

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  4. This is such a nice idea for kids! How fun and exciting to countdown!

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  5. I love activities you can do with your kids! Putting the craft together is half the fun.

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    1. Me too! I totally agree :) I loved the countdown you shared, too!

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  6. This is so fun! I love all the bring pink colors too, I have a few little girls that would love this

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    1. Thanks Jessica! :) I hope you can use it with your girls!

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  7. What a fantastic idea! I'm totally doing this for my kids next year.

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    1. Thank you Adriana! :) I hope you have a lot of fun with it :)

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  8. Wow - there are a bunch of great ideas here! Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. This is such a cute idea and my daughter would enjoy it a lot!

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  10. I love activities for the kids to participate in!!!

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  11. This is the sweetest craft and I love that it means lots of family fun leading up to Valentine's Day! Adorable.

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  12. This is really cute. We've made Halloween and Christmas (of course) countdowns, but never Valentine's. Should give it a go!

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  13. These are great crafts and I look forward to creating.

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~Heather Lynne

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