Once the Christmas decorations come down and we’ve gotten some serious cleaning done, the kids start talking about Valentine’s Day. (Somebody, please, tell them to slow down!)
As February nears we have lots of fun cutting heart-shaped snowflakes and making other Valentine’s Day crafts to decorate the windows and doors.
While we are crafting, I cut out a few extra hearts to be used in my favorite Valentines activity: 14 Days of Love Notes.
I started the tradition when my kids were very young. It’s something they both look forward to each year.
In recent years I’ve started leaving hearts for my husband to find as well.
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As I said, my kids look forward to this Valentine’s Day tradition every year.
While I try to tell them I love them every day, this heart activity lets me focus on what makes each of them special.
14 Days of Love Notes
We’re all busy, right? But this is a super simple Valentine’s Day activity.
To make it even easier, you can prepare all the messages ahead of time.
Start by cutting out plenty of hearts. Use very thick construction paper or colorful card stock to keep your hearts looking nice over time.
I like to cut the hearts from different colored paper and use fancy scissors for some of them as well. Make them as fancy or simple as you wish.
If you are writing notes of love for multiple people it will be helpful to have separate envelopes to organize all the hearts.
Once you have plenty of hearts and envelopes to place them in, it’s time to write your notes.
It may be tempting to write your notes as you go each day, but writing them all now means you won’t forget a day!
Use a fine tip permanent marker to write a short love note or poem on each heart.
Try to be specific when you write your hearts. Think about what makes the person special and unique.
For my husband I like to write about all the simple things he does that I sometimes take for granted, like making pancakes on the weekends and baking the world’s best brownies from scratch.
Need some inspiration?
- I love listening to you _______________(sing, tell stories, laugh…).
- I love when you _______________.
- I appreciate it when you ______________.
- You are so _____________! (creative, funny, smart, generous…)
Starting on February 1, surprise your loved one with one of your love notes.
I like to tape the hearts, one a day, on each of my kid’s bedroom doors. They love to find them first thing in the morning and watch their door fill up with love.
If you’re writing notes for a spouse, you can tuck it in their laptop, stick it on the steering wheel of the car, or shower them with all the love notes in one location and tape them to the vanity mirror in the bathroom. It will be one of the first things they see each morning.
As a mom it is easy to get lost in the daily monotony of dishes, laundry, and taking care of kids. Sometimes we miss out on telling those we care for most just how much they mean to us.
Writing 14 Days of Love Notes is the perfect way to let them know just how special they really are.
Originally published on January 29, 2016.