Valentine’s Day is celebrated every 14 February. Across the world, chocolates, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, but written Valentine’s weren't common place until after 1400. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day was first commonly celebrated around the 17th century. Around 100 years later, it became more common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small gifts or handwritten notes to show their affection, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters as improvements were made to printing technology. Ready-made cards became an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct or public expression of your feelings and emotions was not encouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.
Nowadays, in modern times, Valentine’s Day provides a perfect opportunity to have fun with your children! While it would traditionally have been associated with romantic love, you can really share it with your whole family, and it provides an opportunity to teach your children about the importance of caring for others.
Why not celebrate the holiday by trying out one of our craft and recipe ideas below with your family. There are lots of fun ways to have some fun together at home this Valentine's Day.
Check out our ‘7 Valentine’s Ideas’ craft video above, where we show you how to make Valentine’s Heart Hats, Pop-up Heart Cards, Hand-print Heart Cards, Stained Glass Window Hearts, Tissue Paper Heart Displays, 3D Hanging Hearts and Cardboard Tube Heart Prints. Pop your stained glass window hearts up on your windows and tell your friends to do them too – then you’ll create your very own Valentine’s trail in your local area. Don’t forget to send us your pictures of your makes!
Make and colour in your own Valentine's Card or write a poem for each other.
Click through below for a free bakealong with Three Bears Cookery Club – suitable for all ages. Get your ingredients together and bake some special Valentine’s Heart-shaped Chocolate-dipped shortbread together with your kids. Yum!
Local Mum of two boys and editor of Raring2go! in Solihull and South Warwickshire.