Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Inspiration for Valentine's Day

The first recorded association of Valentine's Day with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer Chaucer wrote:

For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.

["For this was Saint Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."]. Courtesy of Wikipedia.

With Valentine's Day coming up next week, there have been lots of suggestions online for what to do with your children and partner to make the most of the day. I decided to pick a few of my favourites and share with you:

Whatever your thoughts on the merits of Valentine's Day, I think it's a good excuse to do some fun crafts and activities with your children. I'm planning on doing a few of those listed above with my son. Whether or not you're a romantic, there's nothing wrong with making an effort to do something a little special with your partner too :-).

Do you have any plans for Valentine's day or any family traditions for 14 February? Are there any ideas you've seen for Valentine-themed art and craft activities that you've liked or even tried out yourself?


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  1. Thanks for sharing a link to our project! Happy Valentines Day.

  2. My husband commutes to the city by train. The children and I go shopping for candy and balloons and we go to the train station and decorate the car for him. He loves it! :)

  3. Rachelle - you're very welcome. I am really looking forward to trying it out with my son.

    Maryse - what a lovely thing to do! I'm sure your husband is very touched :-)

  4. What lovely ideas! Quite inspiring - might get little 'un to help make her Daddy something crafty. Not sure what we'll be doing yet but it will definitely involve gnomes (!)

    One thing I will be doing though is baking cupcakes for the Bliss Charity for Premature Babies Cake a Difference event.

  5. What lovely ideas! I particularly like the butterflies - as you say it's a great excuse to do some arts and crafts with the children! xxx


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