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									Valentine’s Day Fun                                                              Compiled by Csibi Erzsébet
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A warmer

Throwing the Smile
In this game, players are forbidden to smile, but trust us--giggling and laughing will abound.

WHAT YOU NEED: A place where everyone can sit in a circle

1. Players sit in a circle, making sure they can see everyone else. One player who is It starts
the game by smiling widely, while all the other players are sombre. It then uses his hand to
wipe the smile off his face and throw it to another player who has to catch the smile with his
hand and put it on.

2. This new “It” can then wipe off the smile to throw to someone else--though he will
probably choose to mug wildly at everyone for a few minutes before relinquishing his happy
role. Meanwhile, all other players must sit stone-faced. One smirk and they're out.

The youngest players are the least successful at winning this game (they simply can't stop
themselves from laughing), but they also tend to enjoy it the most.

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A gift for the classmates

Valentine Charm Pencil

      Materials for 1
      About 1 foot of narrow ribbon
      New pencil
      4 beads (we used 12-mm heart-shaped beads and 6-mm round beads)
      Red card stock
      Tacky glue
      Marker or pen
Time needed: Under 1 Hour

1. Tie the ribbon around the top of the pencil and secure it with a tight double knot, leaving 2
fairly even ends.
2. Thread the beads onto one end of the ribbon, knot the end at the length you want, and trim.
3. Cut 2 identical hearts from card stock. Glue the hearts together with the other half of the
ribbon sandwiched inside as shown. Knot and trim the ribbon. Write a message on the heart.
If the ribbon slides down the pencil, glue it in place.


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And a gift for Mom

Tissue paper flower

These flowers are made from folded tissue paper (crepe paper). You can make an entire
bouquet of them for a great gift or decoration.

Materials needed:     Tissue paper (crepe paper)
                      Green pipe cleaners

                            Cut a few pieces (about 4-6) of tissue paper (crepe paper) about 8
                            x 10 inches (the exact size doesn't matter).

                            Put the paper in a pile and fold it like an accordion.
                            Tie the centre of the folded paper with a green pipe cleaner.

                            Gently pull each piece of paper towards the top centre of the
                            flower, separating each sheet of paper from the others (forming
                            the petals of the flower).


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A book about feelings

A Printable Book for Early Readers

Draw heart-shapes to make a My Heart...A Book About Feelings -
early reader book for early readers. Have the students cut out each
page and write the following unfinished sentences on them:

I feel happy when…
I feel sad when…
I feel silly when…
I feel angry when…
I feel scared when…
I feel good when…
I feel bad when…
I feel loved when…

Staple the pages together on the left, then read the book, write a short answer to each
question, and draw a picture illustrating the answer to each question.


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Two short lesson plans

Valentine Cinquain Poems

By Sue Mo.

1. Write the steps of a cinquain poem on the board, with an example:


Line 1: Write a noun.
Line 2: Write two adjectives describing the noun on Line 1;
Line 3: Write 3 words ending with -ing (action words) that describe what the noun on Line 1
might do;
Line 4: Write a phrase describing the noun on Line 1; and
Line 5: Write a synonym of the word on Line 1.


"My Wonderful Valentine"

        kind, helpful
   caring, loving, sharing
- a special person in my life

2. Cut out a red-construction paper heart. Write the cinquain on white-lined paper and cut it
out in the shape of a heart, a little smaller than the red-construction heart.

3. Glue the white-lined paper, with the poem on it, onto the red-construction paper heart.

4. To give the valentine some pizzazz, glue on a white, paper doily onto the back of the red-
construction paper heart.

5. On the back, write the date, a closing, and signature.



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Valentine’s Day Fun                                                       Compiled by Csibi Erzsébet

What a wonderful way to say... "You are special and I am special!"

All names in the classroom are put in a hat. Each child cuts out a paper heart. Each student
draws a name. (You must put your name back if you draw yours.)

Now, when you see the name you have, write nice character traits about that person. For
example: Caring- friendly to all- pretty smile- helps me when I am having trouble, etc. (You
could let each student write something about the other and not sign their name. The children
surely want to know who wrote those nice comments about them!)

Each student posts the heart on a bulletin board for all to see, or give them, to the person they
wrote. The children LOVE reading the traits written about them. You can do this more than

A variation:

Prepare a heart-shaped card and write the names of the students on each of them. Distribute
the cards so that each students gets the card of the student sitting on the left.

Have the students write positive messages to each other. When they have written a message,
they pass on the card to the right and write the message on the next card and then pass it on.
This goes on until each student gets their own card with their names on them.

They can read the comments. They may want to share them with the class.

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Fill in the blanks with Valentine words


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Printables (from various websites)

Print and colour for Mom and Dad.

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Valentine’s Day Wreath

Colour the hearts, write the names of people you love in them, cut out the wreath and hang it
on the window.

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Valentine’s Day maze

Find the way through the heart maze.

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Reading activity for the older ones


February 14th is Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a day for romance and love.
Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, including
Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

You see a lot of romantic symbols on Valentine’s Day. For example, many couples
give each other roses. To give someone flowers at any time of year is romantic,
and as roses are a symbol of romance, roses on Valentine’s Day are especially

Another symbol of romance that is seen frequently on Valentine’s Day is Cupid.
In Roman mythology, Cupid was the son of Venus, the goddess of love. Cupid was
often shown as a smaller, more playful version of his mother. His golden arrows
were magical and even slight contact with one of the arrow tips could make a
person fall madly in love.

One understanding of romantic love—called courtly love—dates back to medieval
times, and sending cards on Valentine’s Day dates back equally far. In 1415, a
prisoner in the Tower of London sent a poem to his wife. This is considered to be
one of the earliest recorded valentines. For over four hundred years, people
made their own valentines by writing poems like this.

In the Victorian era, in the mid-1800s, companies started producing valentines
for people to buy. Now many people buy, rather than make, their valentines.
Almost one billion valentines are sent every year. According to the Greeting
Card Association, 85% of the valentines are bought by women.

Of course, people don’t just buy cards. People buy candles and balloons and many
other things, often in the shape of a heart. You can find boxes of candy that are
shaped like hearts, or candy that is itself in the shape of a heart!
The presents might be something small and sweet or something big and dramatic.
Some people get engaged (promise to marry each other) on Valentine’s Day.

Although Valentine’s Day is generally romantic, many people like to use the day
to celebrate any kind of love—including love of friends and family.

Some schools have valentine parties. The students give each other valentines.
They eat heart-shaped candy. Some schools have other valentine celebrations,
such as dances.

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1. Valentine’s Day is a _______ day.
a. lonely and fun
b. romantic and playful
c. roman and greek
d. none of the above

2. Why is Cupid associated with Valentine’s Day?
a. He is the son of the goddess of love.
b. He has arrows, which are romantic.
c. Valentine’s Day was originally a Roman holiday.
d. Babies are cute and playful.

3. What are some symbols of Valentine’s Day?
a. Eggs, bacon, and roses.
b. Candy, roses, and liver.
c. Cupid, roses, and hearts.
d. None of the above

4. What do many people do on Valentine’s Day?
a. They have heart problems.
b. They eat their hearts.
c. They look for eggs.
d. They give presents and cards.

5. According to the article, where do we get the idea of courtly love?
a. It dates back to the Victorian Era.
b. It dates back to the Middle Ages.
c. This idea has always existed.
d. We get it from the Greeting Card Association.

6. The article specifically mentions three kinds of love. What are these three?
a. romantic love, courtly love, and friendly love
b. romantic love, family love, and courtly love
c. family love, friendly love, and romantic love
d. none of the above.

What do you think of Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day Fun                                                 Compiled by Csibi Erzsébet

Answers to Valentine’s Day (upper elementary)
1. b
2. a
3. c
4. d
5. b
6. c

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Useful websites for Valentine’s Day

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Kids’ Turn                   Online
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                                                                                    pages, etc.
Family                         Games
Fun           games/specialfeature/valentines-games-ms/
Family                                 Arts and
Fun           crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=11169                                crafts gift
Enchanted                    Activities,
Learning                                                                            crafts and
Lesson                         Lesson
Plans Page                                                                          plans on
ABC     Great lesson
Teach                                                                               plans with
                                                                                    puzzles and
                                                                                    other games

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