What To Write: Valentine's Day Messages For Kids

For those of us lucky enough to be grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, it’s only natural to want to make Valentine’s Day special by giving those kids who mean so much to us a Valentine’s Day card.

What may not always come so naturally is creating the right message to put in those cards — whether it’s for your six-year-old grandson, 12-year-old daughter or newborn nephew. Of course, you want your personal messages to reflect the uniqueness of each child, and the special relationship you have with him or her. But no one knows what you want to say better than you do. Sometimes all we need is a little inspiration to get us from staring at that blank space inside the card to finding the perfect words.

Here are a few ideas to get you started on your valentine messages for kids.

Valentine's Day Card Messages For Preschoolers

Maybe your child or grandchild is still too young to read. That doesn’t mean they don’t like being read to! Here are some ideas on what to write in preschool valentine cards.

  • Sending great, big hugs and kisses to the littlest, most lovable Valentine I know.
  • Don’t ever forget how special you are…and how much your grandma and grandpa love and miss you.
  • Wish I could be there to give an amazing niece a Valentine’s Day hug.
  • [You can even let your inner poet out!] Candy is sweet, and cupcakes are too, but no one is sweeter or loved more than you.
  • Happy Hearts Day, my sweet little one!
  • You’re my most favorite love bug in the whole wide world!
  • I can’t think of a cuter cutie-pie to wish the happiest Valentine’s Day to!
  • I love you THIS much … plus even more!
  • You’re cute, smiley, sweet and fun — when it comes to valentines, you’re #1!
  • Hey Cutie! You put the happy in Happy Valentine’s Day!

Heartfelt Messages For Kids

Maybe you want to remind them how proud and grateful they make you feel. What child doesn’t want to be reminded of that?

  • Watching you follow your heart makes me proud to be your aunt.
  • In case I haven’t told you lately, I’m so thankful that I get to call an amazing,lovable girl like you my granddaughter!
  • You make our family more loving in your own awesome ways…and that makes me grateful to be your mom.
  • You’re the sweetest sweetheart that a [momma/daddy] could ever have!

Valentine's Day Quotes For Kids

Valentine quotes for kids are another way to connect meaningfully. You could insert a line from their favorite children’s book, song or poem, for example.

  • Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. — Antoine de Saint-Exupéy, “The Little Prince”
  • I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be. — Robert Munsch, “Love You Forever”
  • “How do you spell love?” asked Piglet. “You don’t spell it, you feel it,” said Pooh. — A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”
  • I love your happy side, your sad side, your silly side, your mad side, … I love you through and through … yesterday, today and tomorrow, too. — Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak, “I Love You Through and Through”

Funny Valentine Messages For Kids

Maybe your little person has a great sense of humor. Valentine's Day isn’t just about being sweet. Let your fun and silly side out with funny valentine jokes, puns and other silly sayings. Or try one of these funny messages!

  • I love you more than a million scoops of [their favorite ice cream].
  • Even if I had a whole bunch of cute, cuddly puppies and kitties and lamas and pandas, I’d rather hang out with you!
  • What’s better than [their favorite thing]? You of course! Love you lots!
  • Guess what else this valentine has in it? Opens your arms wide, now here’s a great, big Valentine’s Day HUG! That’s what!
  • You’re the peanut butter to my jelly, cutie! [Insert what the child loves most -— spaghetti to my meatball, etc.]
  • You’re sweeter than Valentine’s Day candy.
  • Roses are red. Violets are blue. You’re my Valentine’s Day sweetie, and I’ll always love you!

Valentine's Day Message For Son or Grandson

A valentine message for son is an opportunity to tell him how dear he is. Here is a list of valentine quotes for son and other ways to say, “Happy Valentine’s, Son.”

  • You’re smart, funny, caring, talented, hard-working and an all-around good kid. But most of all, you're a great son because you’re you. Happy Valentine’s Day with love!
  • Having a wonderful son like you has brought more pride and happiness than words can ever say. Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • Until you have a son of your own, you will never know what that means. You will never know the joy beyond joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks upon his son. — Kent Nerburn, “Letters to My Son”
  • Sometimes when I need a miracle, I look into my son’s eyes, and realize I’ve already created one. — Unknown
  • There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart. — Washington Irving
  • And she loved a little boy very, very much — even more than she loved herself. — Shel Silverstein, “The Giving Tree”

If you’d like to send a “Happy Valentine’s to my grandson,” we’ve got him covered, too!

  • Grandson, you’re incredible, smart, talented, awesome and cool … Happy Valentine’s Day from your #1 fan!
  • Having you for a grandson means more than you’ll ever know, and there’s no better time than Valentine’s Day to wish you all the happiness and love in the world.
  • A grandson is someone you’re proud of, someone you’ll always love. Thinking of you on Valentine’s Day.

Valentine Messages For Daughter or Granddaughter

Daughters are all one-of-a-kind! Explore Valentine’s Day quotes for daughter and find the perfect words to express what makes her so well loved.

  • Today and always, I'm so proud of you and I love you with all my heart. Happy Valentine's Day, Daughter
  • Beautiful mind. Beautiful spirit. Beautiful heart ... and those are just a few of the things that make up beautiful you. Happy Valentine's Day
  • The most precious jewels you’ll have around your neck are the arms of your daughter. — Altaf ul Qadri
  • A daughter is a rainbow — a curve of light through scattered mist that lifts the spirit with her prismatic presence … A daughter is a promise, kept. — Ellen Hopkins, “Triangles”

And what better way to say, “Happy Valentine’s Day to my daughters” than with a quote from Marmee in “Little Women”?

  • Your humor, your kindness, and your moral courage. These are the things I cherish so in you. I so wish I could give my girls a more just world. But I know you’ll make it a better place. — Louisa May Alcott

If you want to offer valentine wishes for granddaughter and write thoughtful granddaughter valentine messages, she’s sure to appreciate one of these:

  • This world is a little nicer because of special granddaughters like you. Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • Granddaughter, you are beautiful, you are special, you are unique, you are loved, you are such a gift to everyone who knows you and to everyone who loves you. Wishing you a Valentine’s Day as wonderful as you.

Write Your Message in a Kid's Valentine's Day Card

No matter what you say, as long as it’s loving and fun, they’re sure to smile when they read your card. And hopefully you get a great, big hug after, too! It’s easy to write your own message into any American Greetings Valentine’s Day ecard or Creatacard™. Personalize one for every kid who has a special place in your heart!


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