Valentine’s Day Fun for Kids
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Isn’t it fun that we can incorporate holiday books into our school reading, especially if they increase our understanding of why we celebrate the holidays the way we do?
History of the Holiday
One of our favorite books, Saint Valentine, presents the origin of the holiday by telling the story of the “humble and gentle” physician, Valentine, who lived in ancient Rome during the time when Christians were persecuted by the Romans.
Robert Sabuda, known for his paper artistry through his pop-up books, wrote and lavishly illustrated Saint Valentine with intricate paper mosaics that capture the feel of ancient Christian art. This story of Valentine depicts him as a kind, caring, and unselfish man of great faith.
Sabuda’s book might inspire you to do a little reasearch to learn more about him and the origins of this holiday.
Our favorite Valentine Books for Kids
I love to pile up a bunch of holiday books in an easily accessible basket during different seasons. It’s a great way to ensure that they aren’t just gathering dust in our bookcase. When books are available and easy to reach, little ones will begin to explore them and want to bring them to you to read aloud. My little ‘ready-to-read’ munchkin would often ‘read’ his books to himself from memory. Or, he’d bring me a book and say, “Read, Mama???” Just melt my heart!
Here are some of my favorites to read and re-read each year:
- Saint Valentine
- Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink
- Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine
- Lilly’s Chocolate Heart
- Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!
- Day It Rained Hearts
- Clifford’s Valentine’s Day
- Hug Time
- The Biggest Valentine Ever
- My Fuzzy Valentine
Valentine’s Day Activities
Our Printable Valentine’s Activity Pack is loaded with activity starters.
This free printable pack includes Library Checklist, Scrambled Word Activity, Writing Prompts, Coloring Pages and Card Template, and Valentine Themed Notebook Pages (Elementary, Middle School) 11 pages.
Be sure to bake some holiday cookies or cupcakes together, and set aside some time from your normal homeschool studies to enjoy some books and activities to make the day fun. Kids of all ages love learning about and celebrating holidays all year long. Happy Valentine’s Day!