Countdown to Valentine’s Day with Your Littlest Loves

We are in the home stretch to Valentine’s Day and I have a great little activity that you can with your kiddo(s)! I don’t know about you, but as my kids grow,  I find myself trying to create new little traditions for us. Countdowns to a holiday/special event have been a big hit around here! In the last year, we’ve made countdowns for the World Tour Poppy movie premier, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and now, Valentine’s Day!
When Bella professed her excitement for a Valentine’s Day countdown, I was silent. This wasn’t something we talked about…ever. I was unprepared to come up with this little activity. That’s motherhood, #AmIRight?! So off to Pinterest I went to get some inspiration. I wanted the countdown to be more than just something to count the days. In true Pinterest fashion, there were a ton of pins to weed through and I combined a few ideas to create ours. What was even better is that I had most of the supplies on hand. There were a few extra things I needed to get.
Valentine's Day Countdown

What We Used:

  • Red and pink construction paper
  • Brown paper bag (ours was from an Amazon Fresh order!)
  • Red pompom garland (Dollar Tree)
  • Clothespins (Dollar Tree)
  • Paper doilies (Dollar Tree)
  • Markers and glitter glue

What We Did:

  1. Draw, trace, and cut out equal amounts of red, pink, and brown hearts. You don’t have to do this the full two weeks. I used glitter glue to write the numbers.
  2. I decided the “something extra” would be a fill in the blank/question. After I wrote them, I shuffled them up, then randomly paired them with a numbered heart. I made sure the bigger activity ones would be on a weekend. So anything that might involve baking or when the fill in the blank was “A movie that makes me happy…”, since it would be a movie night.
  3. Find an empty space to hang your garland, then use clothespins to pin your question heart behind the number heart.
  4. The fun begins whenever you decide to pull the first number and ask the questions.

Questions to ask for Valentine's Day

Tip on question/fill in the blank writing: ask about various favorite things, “why” questions, different traits she likes about herself, friends, and family. Try to make some lead to an activity. If you ask what food they could eat everyday, and she loves to eat is pizza and ice cream, make sure you have all the things to make homemade pizza (or just order!), and all the fixings for a sundae bar.

Let me know what questions, and activities you did for the countdown!

Have fun and enjoy learning a little more about your kiddo!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day chain countdown

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Lydia Guillory
Lydia grew up in a small town in northwest Ohio. She traded in that small town for another small town when she went to college at Ohio University in Athens, and majored in magazine journalism. Much like any Bobcat you will meet, Lydia had the time of her life at OU! It is also where she met her husband, Deon. He is basically her polar opposite but he keeps her balanced and sane, and he’s been keeping up with her since 2007! They got married August 2015. Lydia became a mom in October 2016! She is the perfect mix of her parents: a chatterbox with a bit of sass like her mom, and at times relaxed and quiet like her dad. Watching Isabella grow, learn, and experience things for the first time has been some of the coolest things about being a mom. Full disclosure: Lydia wasn’t exactly thrilled to find out they were going to move to Columbus when Deon got a new job in 2012. She was excited for his new opportunity, but Columbus just seemed too big; after all, she is “just a small town girl.” It took some time but Lydia came around! She enjoys exploring even more now that she has Isabella. She is always looking to see what is happening around the city that is kid friendly. When Lydia isn’t working at her job in marketing, she enjoys getting her nails done, taking Isabella to different parks, relaxing watching The Golden Girls, attending WWE wrestling events, and browsing through social media. You can find her posting stories and pictures of Isabella on Facebook, and Instagram. On Twitter you’ll find her tweeting about WWE wrestling, and trying to get The Rock to notice her (he has already tweeted her a few times in the past!) WWE is a common interest for her and her husband and they have attended many events in Ohio. They even made a trip to Texas in 2016 to attend the grandest stage of them all... WRESTLEMANIA! Lydia is excited to share her stories, and experiences as a first time mom with you. She knows she will learn a lot from everyone and hopes her stories can help others.