Surprisingly, Valentine's Day has been around for over two thousand years. During this time it has drastically changed from a religious day to a commercial holiday celebrating love, affection, and friendship. A common element of Valentine's Day across the United States, Canada, France, Mexico, and the United Kingdom is the exchange of handwritten notes or cards.
Even though people from all social classes began exchanging small gifts and handwritten notes in the 1700s, it wasn't until the 1900s when Valentine's Day cards became mass produced. Now, Valentine's Day is the second largest card-sending holiday of the year!
To celebrate this Valentine's Day, we have gathered some crafts that you can make with your kids and drop off at friends' and family members' homes while social distancing.
3 Valentine's Day Crafts
Make sure to save some extra toilet paper rolls to make these cute little love bugs! Your kids will get to use their tactile and creative thinking skills to come up with a design that's uniquely theirs. You can follow along with the instructions here.
This craft is a great way for kids to learn about shapes as they assemble a dog entirely made out of cutout construction paper hearts. You can also turn this dog into a folding Valentine's Day card that can be given out to friends and loved ones. Make sure to have lots of paper on hand because once your kids know how to make it, they won't want to stop! You can follow along with the instructions here.
This fun and messy craft can work as both a keepsake and a card for all ages. Kids will especially love dipping their fingers into paint as the texture and sensation is quite unlike anything else. Make sure to lay down some newspaper! You can follow along with the instructions here.
2 Valentine's Day Books
Love Is (2017)
Written by Diane Adams and illustrated by Claire Keane
"Perfect for Valentine's Day—or any tender moment—this story of a girl and a duckling who share a touching year together will melt hearts old and young. In this tenderly funny book, girl and duckling grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight. Children and parents together will adore this fond exploration of growing up while learning about the joys of love offered and love returned." —Goodreads
Mama, Do You Love Me? (1998)
Written by Barbara M. Joosse and illustrated by Barbara Lavallee
"In this universal story, a child tests the limits of independence and comfortingly learns that a parent's love is unconditional and everlasting. The lyrical text introduces young readers to a distinctively different culture, while at the same time showing that the special love that exists between parent and child transcends all boundaries of time and place. The story is beautifully complemented by graphically stunning illustrations that are filled with such exciting animals as whales, wolves, puffins, and sled dogs. This tender and reassuring book is one that both parents and children will turn to again and again." —Goodreads