February is consistently labeled as the month where all homeschoolers want to quit. The dreary weather often makes those of us in the Northern Hemisphere want to head for warmer locations and sunshine, and get rid of school altogether!
But really, Valentine’s Day can be our little spot of sunshine! There are all kinds of things to make and do, and it can be a lovely pink and red time of showing love for one another. I love Lisa’s Valentine’s Day post over at Celebrate the Rhythm of Life and would like to add some resources so you can have an amazing handmade Valentine’s Day celebration!
Good morrow to you, Valentine.
Curl your locks as I do mine,
Two before and three behind,
Good morrow to you, Valentine
-From “Festivals, Family, and Food: Guide to Seasonal Celebration” by Diana Carey and Judy Large, page 9
Games: The book mentioned above has a suggestion for a Valentine Ring Game ( so you would need a group large enough to form a ring). It is sort of a version of “Duck Duck Goose” involving a handkerchief and song.
Stories: The book “Tell Me A Story” from WECAN has the story “A Million Valentines” by Suzanne Down; Suzanne Down’s Juniper Tree Puppetry website also has an entire book of Valentine Day stories here.
Activities: Making Valentines out of red, white, and pink paper, lacey doileys or leftover lace is a fun activity. Also, making little felt hearts with a string, sort of like a pendant necklace is fun, or to sew two little felt hearts into a brooch. One year we found heart shaped buttons and made little bracelets with buttons.
You could also consider the Swedish-type hearts made out of paper that sometimes one sees around Christmastime. They are really sweet and may appeal to older children.
“All Year Round” has a suggestion of making bird biscuits and hanging them from a branch. You can try my Pinterest Board for more suggestions, including biscuits to feed the birds, felt heart garlands, little lanterns, and more.
One thing we like to do is to have a pretty breakfast table with flowers and fun decorations. Little garlands of red felt hearts are easy to make last minute and are very sweet hanging up. Many of the crafts on my Pinterest board would make a pretty table.
When we think of activities, we also include acts of service. If there is anyone in your neighborhood that is alone, elderly to visit, or a food bank that needs donation, those are all great ways to spread Valentine’s Day love and cheer.
Food: Having a tea party seems to fit in well with this day. On The Parenting Passageway Facebook page, I posted a picture of the flowering tea we had at Candlemas. These would be fun at Valentine’s Day too, and everyone enjoys watching the flower unfurl in the hot water of a clear tea pot.
If you have wonderful pictures of your Valentine’s Day fun, please do post it over on The Parenting Passageway Facebook page or share a link below.