Once you have kids, Valentine’s Day is less about leisurely candlelit dinners and romantic getaways and more about embracing the noisy, messy, beautiful family your love has created!
If you’ll have the kids with you on Valentine’s Day, don’t despair. There are plenty of beautiful ways for your family to express their love for each other (and the outdoors!) using nature.
Valentine’s Day activities for families
Watch a sunrise
If you’re a morning person, or you have kids that are always up at the crack of dawn anyway, maybe watching a sunrise with your family is for you. Add some self love to the experience with my Nature Yoga Cards and indulge in some feel good stretching at the same time.
Make love letters with leaves
These mini leaf love letters and envelopes show that you care about the environment as well as your loved ones. Your children will be thrilled when they receive an envelope made from a leaf. They’re adorable!
Express your appreciation with leaves
If making leaf envelopes are too much work, why not try this simple game.
Go outside as a family and collect a heap of leaves together. Sit down on the grass with some pens and encourage everyone to write down something they appreciate about each individual person in their family. Use a leaf for each person.
When you’re all finished, share around the circle what you love and appreciate about each other.
Build a fire together
Fires are wonderfully romantic. If it’s the tail end of winter in your part of the world and your fireplace has had plenty of ‘love’ in recent weeks, try adding some aromatic herbs like lavender or rosemary to make it a little more special.
Make hearts using nature
You can do this with anything—stones, sticks, leaves, petals. Or you can draw hearts with a stick in sand, soil or snow. What’s the smallest heart you can make? What’s the biggest?
Enjoy a heart hunt in nature
Whether it’s a stroll around the park with your toddler and significant other, or a hike with your tweens, breath deep and embrace mindfulness as you absorb the natural beauty around you.
While you’re on your walk see if you can find natural objects that look just like hearts.
We love finding heart shapes in unexpected places!
Visit a beach or lake
Large bodies of water seem to have a soothing effect on the human soul. Enjoy a lakeside picnic or check out this list of beach activities for the whole family.
Make leafy love bugs
Follow my step-by-step guide to make these adorable little love bugs with a hidden message beneath the wings.
A 5-star night away for you and your partner might be off the cards, but what about a million-star getaway?
Stargazing is just one of the beautiful ways to share the love when you’re camping. Remember to pack some wine and cheese or chocolate to enjoy by the fireside once the kids are asleep!
Watch a sunset
This time of day is often a busy one, what with making dinners and getting bedtime routines started, so taking the time to sit as a family and watch the sunset can be a lovely change of pace.
Which one of these sounds right for your family?
Wishing you all the love this Valentine’s Day, from my family to yours 🙂