February is quickly approaching.
Every year my kids look forward to celebrating 14 days of love, a tradition I started years ago.
Family traditions are so important. They help make memories that last a lifetime, and they also strengthen family bonds.
Giving your child 14 Days of Love Notes is a super simple Valentine’s Day tradition that kids love and will remember years later.
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But our favorite activity each year is when we start with these notes of love. It’s a tradition my kids look forward to every February.
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 that doesn’t take a lot of time, but brings a HUGE amount of joy.
To make it even easier, you can prepare all the messages ahead of time.
Spouses and grandparents also love receiving this small notes.
In recent years I’ve started including my husband in my daily notes. He has kept them in a small box.
This year the kids plan on sending hearts through the mail to their grandparents as well. We will probably send all 14 at once to save on postage, with each one marked to be read on different days. It’s a simple way to remind them that we are thinking of them and can’t wait to see them again.
Valentine Notes for Kids
To make sure you don’t miss any days, you may want to prepare all your notes 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. This way the person receiving them can keep them to look back on long after February is past.
Cut the hearts from different colored paper. You may even want to use fancy scissors for some of them. 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 or an ink pen to write a short love note or poem on each heart. Pencil could smudge or fade away over time.
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.
Ideas for Love Notes for Kids
Need some inspiration?
Try starting with a few of the ideas below and filling in the blanks to make the notes more personal.
- 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…)
- You are so talented at __________________.
- You were very brave when you _____________________.
Check out the video above for even more inspiration.
14 Days of Valentines Love Notes
Starting on February 1, surprise your loved one with one of your love notes.
I like to tape the heart notes, 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 you know they’ll see them, like taping 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.
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Originally published on January 29, 2016.