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:
- Simple Valentines cards that even the smallest hands can help create.
- Three unique Valentines crafts for children to enjoy.
- Fun cutting and sticking for a Deconstructed Valentines
- Quick to make Valentine butterflies
- Cute clay hearts
- One for the grown-ups: 10 Special Valentine's Day ideas that don't cost a fortune
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?