Have each person in your family decorate a “mail box” with a slot or opening. It could be a box, bag, or large canning jar. Clearly put your name on each of them and place them in the family room, dining room, or kitchen; someplace that easy to access and lots of family traffic. Take turns leaving notes, pictures, coloring pages (based on ages and abilities) for each other for the days leading up to February 14th.
On Valentine’s Day, open all your boxes together and take turns read the notes. Help younger children to read theirs. Some examples of things in the jars could be:
- You look so cute today in your purple outfit
- Thanks for helping mommy set the supper table
- Thanks for reading me a story, daddy
- Good job on your spelling test today
- I love how you always wake up with a smile
This is definitely a fun activity that the kids will talk about and ask to do again and again. I hope you can adapt it to your family and continue to find meaningful, fun, low cost, and non-clutter ways to celebrate the holidays!