Every year Valentine’s Day is celebrated on 14thof February. It is the day of love and hence we can’t leave our children behind!
But before you engage in Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids, let us delve into the history behind this day. Saint Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome.
According to the legend, Emperor Claudius II, the ruler at that time, felt that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families.
So, he prohibited young men from marrying. However Saint Valentine saw this as an injustice and performed marriages for young lovers in secret, against the will of the emperor. On being discovered, Claudius ordered St. Valentine to be executed.
Valentine’s day is about love and not necessarily love between a man and a woman. St. Valentine stood for love and justice.
So when young children ask me about this day, I prefer to say it is the day when we celebrate people who love us and thank them for making our life beautiful.
Since we are talking about appreciating people who love us, help your children write small notes of thanks and gratitude to their loved ones to show that they really value them in their lives. This helps them recognize and appreciate relationships.
Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids
1. Gratitude Notes: Since we are talking about appreciating people who love us, help your child write small notes of thanks and gratitude to their loved ones on this valentine day. This Valentine’s day activity for kids will help your children count their blessings, appreciate relationships, and show more kindness.Get them Now
2.Matching Hearts: Another Valentine’s day activity for kids that will help them sharpen their observation and reasoning skills. Print the Matching Hearts Puzzle below and let your child match up the hearts.Download Now
3. Valentine Scavenger Hunt: Make small paper hearts in different colors and hide them around the house. Set the timer for 20 minutes and let your child find as many hearts as they can. Simple Valentine’s day activity for kids which is great for enhancing their observation skills.
4.Color me Bookmarks: Print these awesome bookmarks and let your child color them. These bookmarks make excellent Valentine gifts for teachers and family members who read to your child.Click here to Download
Bookmarks are purposeful gifts. When children make such gifts, they are motivated to read themselves as well. Use these bookmarks for your child’s storybooks. They will spark joy and add fun to their reading routine.
5. Valentine Tree: This is a much loved Valentine’s Day activity for kids. This simple, thoughtful and heart-warming activity requires:
- A fallen stem
- Family pictures
- An empty cup
- Scissors and
Step 1: Spread your family photos in front of your children and ask them to pick their valentines. Let them choose family members they love most. You may add their friends as well.
Step 2: Next, cut out the faces of these family members and stick them on different branches of the stem.
Step 3: Finally, using soil stick your-very-own Valentine tree in the empty cup.
Place your Valentine Tree on your child’s table as a reminder of their blessings.
6. Valentine Memory Game: Print double copies of your family members on a cardstock and cut them in the same size to make picture cards. Keep these picture cards face down to play Valentine Memory game.
STEM Activities to Do on Valentine’s Day
STEM Jenga Hearts
Use the tiles of the classic game to structure a STEM inspired Engineering challenge for your kids. Ask them to make heart using the tiles. As simple as it sounds, it is quite a challenge for young children to make heart from rectangular tiles. Take the challenge notch higher by making a standing heart and trying domino effect.
Secret Valentine Message
Surprise your kids with invisible ink messages for them. Take a white sheet and write a message for your child using white oil crayon. Ask them to colour this sheet using water colours to reveal your secret message. Help them make Secret Valentine Notes for the rest of the family and spread joy.
STEM Lego Challenge
This is another cool STEM activity for kids. Ask your child to make a heart out of legos. There are so many iterations waiting to be discovered. Starting with the simplest ways to more complex ones, these will certainly spark creativity and STEM acumen in your child.
Brain storm with your child how you can send code messages to each other without anyone else getting to know the message. The answer is simple…have your very own code language!!
Make a simple code language by writing letters corresponding to numbers upto 26. And instead of using letters, code your message in numbers!! Much like a digital system, you have your own number based secret code.
This simple STEM activity relies on capillary action to reveal valentine gifts. Cut heart shapes in different colours, place a candy at the center and fold them neatly.
Give these folded hearts to your child and ask them to place them in bowl of water to reveal the hidden gift or love note inside. Just like flowers, these hearts will bloom when added to the bowl of water.
Use your old Geo-board and twine to make heart shaped string art. You can also use thermocol and push-pins if you don’t have a geoboard to try this string art project. This can be made into a tricky symmetry project as well for older kids. (Here’s some more about math art while you’re into it.)
STEM Scavenger Hunt
Go on STEM scavenger hunt in your nearby park and spot trees and plants that have heart shaped leaves. You will be amazed to find the number of different heart shaped leaves.
Compare their sizes, colours and textures. Paste these leaves on a black card to make a nature inspired STEM Valentine Card.