Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids
3 interesting facts about Valentine’s Day
- It is thought that, during Roman times, Emperor Claudius didn’t want men to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against this and performed secret weddings. Valentine was jailed for this and executed. While in jail he wrote a note to the jailer’s daughter stating, “From your Valentine.”
- About 1 billion Valentine’s cards are sent every year.
- To “wear your heart on your sleeve” comes from Medieval times when men and women would draw names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They then wore this name on their sleeves for one week so everyone could see it!
Sophie loved creating her Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids from making crafts, eating some simple finger foods & reading her Valentine’s favourite books.
We designed & made a love bird stand-up Valentine’s Day card.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Love Bird templates
- Stiff card – your choice of colour
- Choose & print out one or both of the Love Bird templates & base
- Cut out the bird & rectangular shape.
- Fold the bird in half & crease along the fold. Unfold again. This slight shaping will give your card more rigidity & interest when standing up.
- Cut along the dotted lines on the bird & rectangle then slot together to form the stand.
The lovebird templates can also be used without the stand for cards or gift tags.
Sweet Heart Cone
Make a sweet treat for your sweetheart!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Sweetheart Cone template
- Stiff card
- Glue/double-sided tape
- Confectionery to fill cone
- Choose the size of cone you want from the Sweetheart Cone template & print out.
- Cut out the heart shape & decorate if you wish
3. Fold the card around to make a cone shape.
4. Bend over the bottom point of the cone & use double-sided tape or glue to stick down the side of the cone. This will make the cone secure enough to hold your chosen treats.
5. Put some tissue inside the cone or, like us, use a folded paper doily
6. Fill with goodies! We used Rocky Road chunks, but any dry sweet or healthy treats would work.
Healthy Heart Shapes Finger Foods
For something healthier towards your & your little one’s 5 a day try cutting some heart shaped finger foods.
We used strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes, tomatoes & cucumber.
Heart Prints Gift Paper
Get your little one to hand print some wrapping paper for a Valentine gift.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Kitchen roll tube
- Red Paint (flat based dish/plate to put the paint in)
- Large sheet of paper
- Bend the end of the kitchen roll tube into a heart shape to make your stamp
- Put paint into the dish
- Help your child dip the heart shaped stamp into the red paint
- Gently press the paint covered stamp onto the paper. Repeat!
- Let the paint dry & you should have some lovely original paper to wrap your present. We used ours to cover a small gift box tied up with red ribbon.
We made the word LOVE using shapes, hand prints & a decorative ‘hand’ flower.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- One piece of A3 card (red)
- A4 card (white/pink & green);
- Glue or double-sided tape
- Red Paint
(As you do the activity keep checking that your letters, hand prints & flower all fit comfortably onto the A3 card.)
- Make two hand prints with your child. Let the paint dry & then cut around the hand prints.
- Cut out a heart shape big enough for one of the hand prints to fit onto.
- Draw the letters L,V & E in a style you want & cut out. You can use a favourite font on your computer to make the large letters if you don’t want to draw freehand & the heart template shape from the ‘Sweet Heart Cone’ activity above.
- Cut a thin flower stalk & 2 or 3 leaves for the ‘flower’. We scored along the centre of the leaves & lightly folded to give them some shape.
5. Lay all your shapes onto the card & stick down.
We left the letters plain for the photos, but later before everything was stuck down Sophie used a red painting stick to make a dotty pattern on the letters. You could also use glitter, heart shapes stickers etc. to decorate the letters.
The design also works well without the heart & just the hand print making the ‘O’.
The finished design can be hung/pinned on the wall or put in a large envelope as a greetings card.
What Valentine’s crafts will you be making this Valentine’s Day?
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