Valentine’s Day Facts and Craft Activities

valentines day facts

The origins of Valentine’s Day are rather hazy, but popular legend is that St Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. During that time, Emperor Claudius 2 decided that single men made better soldiers than married men and outlawed marriage for serving soldiers. St Valentine thought that this was very unfair so he married the young couples secretly. When Claudius found out, he had St Valentine imprisoned and later put to death. Legend has it, the couples who Valentine had married gave him letters and flowers when they visited him in prison.

Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14. Traditionally it is a day to tell someone you love them. People often send each other cards and gifts on Valentine’s Day, sometimes anonymously. It’s a great time to encourage children to express love and friendship in ways that transcend materialism. Young children are concrete thinkers and it’s hard for them to understand a concept that can’t be represented by objects, but by observing gifts of kindness, time, compassion, respect and thoughtfulness throughout the year, they will begin to understand the true value of, “I love you”.

Valentine’s Craft Activities

Valentine’s Day activities present many creative and exciting learning opportunities for young children.  Simple handmade gifts or cards can be created and given as thoughtful keepsakes.

At Early Years Resources, we have a range of free Valentine’s Day card downloads in 5 different designs (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) which make great craft projects for children. All you’ll need is a few art and craft supplies to complete the designs.

Art and craft supplies

We would love to see how you get on! Send us pictures of your masterpieces on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and don’t forget to use the hashtag #EYRhub.

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