When you’re little, holidays and special events of any kind, are a big deal. I remember the hype around Valentine’s Day back in grade school. We got to bring our chosen Valentine’s to school, which were typically centered around the popular movies, cartoons, and shows at the time, and pass them out during the annual class “party.” You had to be very selective when it came to which Valentine you’d give to your crush – flirty without being too point blank – and which you’d allocate to your best friend. It was always a grade school highlight when we got to break up the school day with a special event.
Since I have a six-year-old who gets really jazzed about everything from stickers to after-school snacks to holidays, I wanted to create a new tradition that would give Valentine’s Day an extra dose of special meaning.
London is always so eager to do nice things for her friends and classmates so I thought that instead of heading to Target to buy a box of pre-made Valentine’s, we could create our own little treat bags. This is such a fun way to spend one-on-one time with your kids and get them involved in spreading kindness and love.
We headed to the store and I let LS pick out some goodies she wanted to include. Sugar was a top contender. Shocking right? We put on some music, spread out our materials, and assembled the baggies together. Our treat bags included sweet tarts, chocolates, and little notecards, but if you’re interest in goodies that are dentist-approved, pencils, erasers, lip balm, and little notepads are all good options! I loved seeing London get excited about delivering her valentines and the spirit of giving. Plus, we got to devote an afternoon to mother-daughter bonding.
I scoured the web for cute Valentine’s Day DIYs to share with you guys in case you want to try something more advanced than our homemade goodie bags. Check them out below and you might just have a new annual tradition that your little ones look forward to each year!
Sai and London
Photography by George Elder