Valentine’s Day “Heart Attack” Family Activity is simple and a meaningful way to remind our children what this holiday is really about!
Ever since I first dated my husband I would “Heart Attack” him on Valentine’s Day. I pretty much did this until a few years ago. I absolutely loved plotting my mission to fill his office, car or desk full of cheese Valentine’s Day decor and stuff.
That was fun to do for my sweetheart but I also want my kids to know Valentine’s day is so much more than a romantic holiday. It’s about serving, smiling, calling, noticing the tired cashier at the grocery store, pausing in your busyness to see the beauty that you’ve been given. It’s receiving God’s love and letting it overflow to others.
As a mom, I have the joy of planting these seeds of love in the hearts of my little ones. I want them to know love and service starts at home by giving it to each other.
For several years now we have “Heart Attacked” each other! Each year it looks different depending on the age and stage of life they are in but the basics usually stay the same: share words of affirmation with each other, give each other an act of service and share God’s love.
LOVE is a verb.
On Valentine’s Day we can visually, verbally share our and His love with each other.
Valentine’s Day “Heart Attack” Family Activity
How to “Heart Attack”
This is the basic idea: we give each other a note of appreciation (our 3yr old used to scribble his love), we ponder God’s love, and everyone in the family receives an “Act of Love Coupon” (a gift of service or time) they can redeem later. You can do it all on the day of V-day or throughout the week.
I start the “Heart Attack” on my own or with my husband! The initial attack involves my husband and I write about 3-4 notes for each of our boys telling them what we love or appreciate about them. Then we place them on their bedroom doors or bedroom mirrors. One year we inflated balloons and added the notes to the end of the balloons.
Then for the next few days leading to Valentine’s Day we heart attack one member of the family at a time. If you have less time then double up on family members in one day.
The day before choose who will get “Heart Attacked”.
At some point leave the “You’ve been Heart Attacked! note and the hearts in the chosen member’s mirror, closet or door with kind words written on them. My boys really like to hide the notes in each other’s room. My boys really like this activity. They like it so much that they have collected their hearts from previous years.
Print out the above FREE Heart Attack printable HERE. Then cut out lots of hearts.
Print out the love coupons HERE.
What to Write on the Heart
Each person will write out a note for the family member on the back of the hearts. It will say,
I love you!
You’re _______. (strong, kind, determined, creative, huggable…)
You make me laugh when…
When I see you ________ it makes me happy.
You’re really good at _____________.
God made you ______________.
It makes me so proud to be your mom/sister/brother when you __________________.
The three things I want my children to remember about Valentine’s Day is:
- Love is both spoken and shown. It’s not just a feeling it’s also an action.
- We love because God first loved us!
- Everything you do, do in love.