This article will cover virtual Valentine’s Day ideas for kids, but it will also dig deeper into these ideas and give you even more food for thought while planning your online party. I’m also providing a long list of ways to combine virtual and real-life connections, what to include when you send a Valentine card in the mail before your online party (flat gifts that are easy to send!), different ways to connect (for the virtual party newbie), and finally some thoughts on why we’re doing all of this in the first place. So get ready to scroll and learn about all the reasons why you’re going to love virtual parties with kiddos.
16 Virtual Valentine's Day Ideas for Kids
I hope you’re ready for the most comprehensive list of virtual Valentine’s Day ideas for kids online, because I’ve scoured the internet and dug deep into my own creativity to come up with best, most fun, silliest, and the sometimes downright craziest ideas for your online get together. Let’s go!
Get the kids to make virtual Valentine’s Day decorations, like paper chains and hearts they can hang up around their house. You could even send them craft kits in advance with all the supplies they need so everyone has everything on hand when you start crafting together. Fun family activities like this heart shaped string art lantern give children something they can hold on to and even do some learning outside of the classroom.
Prepare clues that the kids will have to follow or solve to take them on a virtual adventure around the house. You can choose to have them find things that you can tell a story about or that they can look up some facts on to squeeze in a little learning. Make sure you throw in some funny jokes and surprises along the way. This encourages kiddos to get exploring – even if it’s just inside their own home. Young children learn about their world chiefly by experiencing it, so let’s get these kids moving and learning!
It’s time to show off your moves! Play your favorite Valentine’s Day songs, then get everyone moving with games like virtual Musical Chairs or Freeze Dance. This is perfect for a virtual Valentine’s Day party for friends where kids are meeting up with other children. But hey, if Grandma and Grandpa want to get in on the dance action, I support that! You can even set up a team dance-off if you have enough partiers!
E-books are easy, inexpensive, lightning fast to give, and they’re good for the environment – no trees are harmed! Simply find the book you want to give on Amazon.com. On the right hand side of the page locate the “Buy for Others” box and hit the “Buy for Others” button. Enter the recipient’s email address, edit the gift message and select the delivery date. Hit “Place Your Order” and your gifting is done! They will get an email with the gift confirmation. The book can be read on any computer, smart phone, or tablet. If the recipient doesn’t have the Kindle reader app, they can download it for free. It’s a great way to give a last-minute gift!
Make virtual Valentine’s Day treats together, like heart-shaped cookies, cakes, or cupcakes. With laptops and cellphones at the ready, it’s easier than ever to connect in the kitchen. It’s even better if you can send them the ingredients in advance so they have everything ready to go for your virtual baking session! You might consider making some of the robot-themed recipes found at the back of Tip the Lunchtime Robot!
Get some popcorn and drinks ready and have a virtual movie night with your favorite kiddos. Make sure to pick a family-friendly flick so everyone can join in the fun! Scroll down for a list of recommendations if you don’t already have a family favorite in mind as I’ve made some suggestions to get you started. Depending on the attention span of your audience, you can choose a shorter video or a full-length movie.
At the end of the party, consider surprising your party guests with an email gift card. It’s fun, fast, and lets them do some shopping for themselves. Electronic gift cards delivered via email are perfect last minute gifts and can be given toward a wide variety of stores and games. If you’re feeling extra generous, why not make it a shopping spree? They’ll be sure to thank you for that one!
With Valentine cards that you send through email, Valentines take on a fun new twist. Get animated with Hoops & Yoyo or other silly characters. Watch as the “cards” come alive to entertain little ones of all ages in a way that paper Valentines simply cannot do. E-cards can be free, but you’ll find the best selection if you’re willing to pay a nominal fee. Consider Hallmark Video Greeting cards for some great choices.
If your kiddo loves Minecraft and you’re up to the challenge, create a Minecraft world just for them and build them a giant in-game Valentine. Maybe add some “gifts” like cats or cows! Make it funny or sweet, but be sure to make it big – and don’t forget the flowers! You’ll be officially the coolest parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or friend with a Minecraft surprise Valentine.
Who says costumes are just for Halloween? Dress up like silly matches made in heaven like salt and pepper, a cat with a ball of yarn, a dog with a bone, or cheese and crackers. Have fun with it and get creative, because all different kinds of friends can create a team and be a silly match up in this costume party.
Did you know that you can create a YouTube video and make it private? That means that only people who have the link can view it. Create a secret message for your loved one or friends and send them the link. They’ll be able to watch and re-watch as many times as they want.
Little girls especially love tea parties. You can send kid-friendly teas ahead of time so they are all ready for the big event. Kids love fruit flavored teas like apple, peach, and berry.(My son loves mint tea with a little honey!) Why not practice some tea party etiquette so little ones can start learning that manners can be fun? Get those stuffed animals set up to join in the fun, too!
Kids love getting mail – especially if it’s full of treats! Put together a package for each guest with a few of their favorite things: chocolates, stickers, a cute stuffed animal. The possibilities are endless! Then do a live unboxing with them over Zoom or another video platform. It’s fun for everyone and you get to see their faces light up when they see what they got!
If you’ve got more than three participants in your virtual Valentine party, consider playing secret cupid. Have everyone draw a name ahead of time and mail that person a Valentine card with a small gift (see the list of flat gift ideas below). Once you’re all on video, share what you got and see if you can guess who your secret cupid is! This is a fun one to try in a school setting with ten to fifteen students.
I’ve saved the best (or worst?) for last. Is your group extra brave and daring? Think about throwing down the Naughty or Nice jelly bean challenge. Get every participant a Jelly Belly Naughty or Nice jelly bean gift box. During the virtual party, have each person spin the wheel and taste their bean. Will it taste like rotton egg or buttered popcorn? Dirty dishwater or birthday cake? You won’t know until you bite into it! Warning: activities like this are NOT for the faint of heart!
What Games are Best to Play Virtually? 11 Ideas for Your Team of Kiddos
A virtual version of the classic party game where one person has to act out a phrase or word without speaking and everyone else has to guess what it is, virtual charades requires no pre-planning and is absolutely free. Bonus points if you can make your words or phrases Valentine related! Start off with something easy like heart, hug, or love to give the kiddos a head start!
A twist on the classic game of “Simon Says” where one person has to give commands and everyone else has to follow them, this one is a classic as well. This is an easy game for younger children to follow along with and helps them with learning listening skills as they need to remember not to follow directions if the leader doesn’t say “Simon Says!”
Draw pictures or objects and have your buddies try to guess what you’re drawing! Kids love drawing and showing off their artwork, so this is the perfect game for all those budding Picassos. You can use paper and pen to hold up to your web cam or – even better – share your screen and use a paint app like 3D Paint to draw directly on your screen.
One person can start a story and have the next person continue it, campfire style, up until the gripping conclusion. Here’s an idea to get you going: Cupid wakes up on Valentine’s Day morning and discovers that his bow and arrow are missing! What does he do? Where does he look? Did someone take it? How does Cupid get it back?
Print out some BINGO boards and have a virtual game night with the kids. The winner can get an online gift card or virtual high five! This is a great game for students to help with listening, and can even be played as a team. You can generate BINGO boards and draw numbers using this website.
Try virtual word games like Scrabble, Hangman, Boggle, or Crosswords. You can share your screen on platforms like Zoom so everyone can see what’s happening on the online gameboard. Students can even learn some new words with these games!
Everyone is on the same team for this one! Mad Libs is an all-time classic that is easy to play! Just grab any Mad Libs (although Valentine-themed would be great), have the kids give you the nouns, verbs, and adjectives, and read the silly story back to them!
Have virtual board game night with online versions of classic games like Monopoly, Life, Battleship, or Guess Who. You can find a list of games available online for free here. Play as a team or individually and you’ll be able to have game night whenever, wherever from now on!
Did you know you can play virtual matching card games online? You can find a fun one here with lots of options for even the littlest of players. Take turns and see who can get the fastest time!
No matter what game you decide to play or if you play in teams or not, the key is to have a good time and make virtual Valentines Day extra special for the children! And don’t forget to send virtual hugs and kisses before the party is over.
Celebrate with Kids Long Distance with These Flat Gift Ideas
You can supplement your virtual Valentine’s Day party activities with other ways to connect long-distance that don’t involve a computer. Regular mail, snail mail, USPS, whatever you want to call it, you can still make a connection the old-fashioned way. But many people don’t love to ship bulky and expensive boxes. The solution is easy: flat gifts! Any of these options can easily be sent in an envelope, a large envelope, or a padded envelope and sent with regular postage. (Be sure to calculate how many stamps you need at USPS.com.)
Here’s how to plan ahead to make children feel even more special by sending them a little something in advance that’s more than just an email. Let them hold Valentine’s Day in their hands, too!
Yes, it’s a classic. It’s not inventive or unusual. But ask any kid how much they love getting mail. They LOVE IT. So go ahead and send off a sweet card – they’ll remember that you cared enough to give them something they can hold. And there’s nothing more exciting to children than seeing their own name on those envelopes!
Want to level up that card? Make it yourself! Get yourself a few stamps, some fancy printed paper, and some stickers. Children will love the creativity and it will show them that grown-ups can make their own cards too!
Sometimes letting them choose for themselves really is the best gift. Especially for children who are older, gift cards will be very much appreciated. Show how well you know them by choosing one from their favorite store or game, such as Minecraft.
I know I’m biased, but I think books are the ultimate best gift for literally any occasion. Do they love robots or cooking? Could they use some encouragement in the growing up department, with friendships, or with their self-worth? Books for the win! Robot stories for kids are always a big winner; did you know they can even boost creativity and confidence?
Books are gifts that give themselves again and again. Shop books for your kiddos now.
Let’s face it – even adults love stickers. So if you want to tuck something into that Valentine card that is sugar-free, fun, and flat, stickers are where it’s at. They don’t have to be Valentine related either. Choose their favorite animal or superhero, or maybe just some encouraging words!
If you do want to slip a little something sweet into that card but don’t want it to get crushed in shipping, consider these flat (or flat-ish) sweets. Chewing gum, Airheads, fruit rollups, and hot chocolate packets make for a delicious surprise.
Yep. There’s no substitute for cash. If you feel comfortable sending cash in the mail, go for it! A check can be fun, too, as long as there’s a grown up around to help them cash it in. Checks can make children feel more grown up, too!
Bookmarks are easy to send through the mail and have virtually endless possibilities. From ones you buy to ones you make to ones they get to color in on their own, bookmarks are an easy addition to any Valentine’s Day card.
Coloring pages that you print at home are easy and inexpensive. You can find coloring pages online for free or for purchase. Etsy is a great source for high-quality coloring pages, and you can literally find them on any topic the child is interested in, from robots to dolphins to outer space.
Mousepads are flat and easy to mail. With more and more students doing online learning, it’s a fun and functional gift. Plus, many Etsy sellers offer personalization of mousepads so you can add their name to it! It’s a gift they will see and use every day!
While not totally flat, socks are easy to tuck into an envelope and you don’t have to worry about them getting broken. Because they are lightweight, you won’t have to use too much postage. Plus, every kid loves fun socks! Check out the bargain bin at Target to see if they have some Valentine’s Day themed socks!
Give the gift of growth! Children love to grow things, and they’re more likely to eat vegetables that they grew themselves! Drop a packet of flowers or easy-to-grow veggies like peas in your Valentine Card. Last year we got a pea plant and it turned out to be such a long-lasting and delicious gift!
Do you have old photographs of yourself or other family members? Kids get a kick out of seeing their parents as children. Plus, it’s a great way to make sure that someone who cares has those precious photos so they don’t end up disappearing as the years go by.
If you’re doing a virtual tea party for Valentine’s Day, send the tea ahead of time so the wee ones are all ready. Tea bags are flat and lightweight, so sending them along with the card is easy and may not even need any extra postage. It’s easy to send a variety of flavors, so don’t hold back!
Don’t let that secret family recipe gather dust. Send it off to the children in your life. Even better, you can both make the recipe and share it on your video call and compare notes as to how the dish turned out!
Digging Deeper for Ideas
Whew! I know I’ve already given you a lot to think about. But if you’re looking for more help on some of these categories, I’ve listed a few of the most popular options for you to read more on below.
Watching a movie together from a distance may seem a bit strange, but it’s totally possible – and fun! Ask each virtual guest to pick out their favorite movie and vote on the winner. Follow the same timeline for when to start, and then use a video chat platform like Zoom or Google Hangouts to watch simultaneously. Here are some ideas for kid-friendly movies with a loving theme:
- The Princess Bride
- Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
- Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You
- Gnomio and Juliet
- The Little Rascals
If your virtual guests are into gaming, you can try gaming together. You can play the same game on each console or you can try an online game like Minecraft. It’s a great way to have an interactive Valentine’s Day when you can’t be in the same room! Plus, when kiddos are at the age where all they want to do is play video games, gaming together offers a way to participate in their life on their level. You may not always love it, but they won’t forget it.
Put together a virtual art project exchange. Ask each guest to make something that they can then mail or drop off for the other guests. They can be as simple or as creative as you want — from friendship bracelets to puppets to handmade cards. Whatever it is, everyone will get a chance to show off their creativity! You can pick a theme or let everyone go wild with their own imaginations.
Make virtual cooking night a thing! Ask each guest to have their ingredients ready, cook “together” and then share recipes to create a shareable cookbook. Pick out recipes that are easy to make, so no one has to worry about complicated techniques or hard-to-find ingredients. And of course, don’t forget to take lots of pictures for virtual bragging rights!
How to Connect Virtually with Kids: The Tech Side
There are so many ways to connect with technology that there’s no excuse to let too much time go by before seeing your loved ones. Here are the easiest ways to get a real-time exchange going on so you can put to work these virtual Valentine’s day ideas for kids.
Who Would Celebrate Valentine's Day Online...and Why?
Why are we doing all of this? Is it just another set of activities to add to a mom’s plate and make her crazy? And who should think about hosting a party? Let’s answer that second question first, then we’ll get into learning why we should consider these types of virtual events for our children.
Who Celebrates Valentine's Day Virtually?
Who needs these virtual Valentine’s Day ideas for kids, anyway? The easiest answer is parents who are away from their children, whether they are traveling for work, live in a different state, or if an illness is keeping them apart. It’s difficult to be away from family over holidays, and connecting online can really alleviate some of that loneliness.
But other family members and friends also enjoy celebrating virtually, including grandparents, aunts and uncles, and more. Teachers with remote students may also turn their virtual classroom into a Valentine’s Day party for both fun and learning.
Friends and cousins that live far apart also like to celebrate together and have an online party. With families able to be more connected than ever, similar-age cousins and friends who have moved far away can still maintain those relationships. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to get these friends together and have some fun.
From Online to Together Time
Hopefully your family is not all separated for this holiday. While you’re planning your online activities with grandparents or friends, don’t forget to plan for your in-person time, too. For the face to face together time you get, consider these ways to make Valentine’s Day extra special for the kiddos and for you!
Seriously, break out the candles and the jazz music, make some shrimp or whatever their favorite meal is, and really make it unique. Use a table cloth and the nice dishes. It’s a meal they won’t soon forget!
Choose a restaurant that is nicer than the usual choices for your family. Get dressed up. Help the kids pick out a special outfit and give them a nice hairstyle. Don’t forget to practice using manners!
Ask each other questions – not just about their day – but things that really matter. Discuss hopes and dreams. Talk about feelings and emotions. There’s no better time than Valentine’s Day.
Playing games as a family is often the very best way to spend time together. You can cheer the winner and console everyone else, but really it’s the experience of being together with no other goals except to have fun.
Escape rooms, roller skating, laser tag, and more – there are a multitude of ways for families to spend time together out of the home. Take some extra time to breathe and be in the moment this Valentine’s Day – you won’t get this day ever again.
Weather permitting, plan a Valentine’s picnic. Invite other families to join you and make it a park party! Be sure to bring something special, like sparkling grape juice, and toast your togetherness.
Don’t just bake cookies. Bake them, decorate them, bag them in bags with hearts, and hand them out together. Let your child see love in action by making something with your hands and then giving it away.
Making it Special on Purpose
No matter how you choose to celebrate, these virtual Valentine’s Day ideas for kids will help make it special and memorable, no matter the distance. Whatever you do…don’t do nothing. It’s not just about a pat on the head for children. It truly is the little things that strengthen the bonds we have with our children and turn them into life-long strong relationships. Happy Valentine’s Day!