Fun Facts for Valentine’s Day
Everyone knows (or at least I assume so) that Saint Valentine’s Day falls on February 14th. The majority of people refer to this holiday simply as Valentine’s Day. However, others refer to it as the Feast of Saint Valentine. The origin of this holiday was a day to celebrate Saint Valentinus who was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry.
How much do you really know about Valentine’s Day? There’s more to this holiday than candy, flowers and cards that profess love and admiration. Children view this holiday as a day to pass out Valentine’s Day cards at school and share sugar filled candies that say “Be My Valentine.” Chances are there’s much we, as well as our children, don’t know about this holiday. There’s no better time than now to put on our learning caps and dig into the what and why surrounding this holiday.
In the spirit of learning, let’s take a look at some fun facts about Valentine’s Day. See how many of these things you already knew and test your student’s knowledge on the subject as well.
Here are some things you probably didn’t know about Valentine’s Day:
- If you signed your name to a valentine card or letter during Victorian times, it was considered bad luck.
- Retail statistics say that about 3% of pet owners will give their pet a Valentine’s Day gift.
- Around 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. That’s 1,000,000,000 cards!
- In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to choose their Valentine. They then wore this name pinned to their sleeve for a week.
- Valentine’s Day is the second busiest card exchange season of the year. The busiest day is Christmas.
- Red roses were the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
- In Finland, the holiday is more about celebrating friendship than romantic relationships.
- The first Valentine’s Day chocolates were boxed by Richard Cadbury in the late 1800s.
- England’s King Henry VII declared February 14th St. Valentine’s Day.
- In the 1800s, doctors commonly advised patients suffering from lost love to eat chocolate as a remedy.
- Over 35 million boxes of heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold each Valentine’s Day.
- 27% of people who buy flowers on Valentine’s Day are women.
- 73% of people who buy flowers on Valentine’s Day are men.
- Over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased on this day in the US.
- The color red stands for strong romantic flowers and is often used to celebrate this holiday.
- 189 million roses are sold in the US on Valentine’s Day.
- Women purchase approximately 85% of the gifts sold on this day.
- Each year, teachers get the most Valentine’s Day cards.
- Alexander Graham Bell applied for his telephone patent on Valentine’s Day in 1876.
- Penicillin was first introduced as a medicine on Valentine’s Day in 1929.
Now that you know these fun facts about Valentine’s Day, you can share with your kids and family as you celebrate together. What are some ways though that you can celebrate with kids? I have a few below I want to share-
Now that you know these fun facts about Valentine’s Day, you can share with your kids and family as you celebrate together. What are some ways to celebrate with your children? I have a few suggestions below to help celebrate this day.
5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Kids
If you homeschool, then you know that every holiday is another situation in which you can teach a lesson. It’s also a great opportunity to make learning fun. You can incorporate fun facts and information about the holiday during your celebration and Valentine’s Day is no exception. It may not seem like one of the largest holidays celebrated, but it’s still a fun one you can celebrate with your kids.
- Make your own valentine’s cards. Don’t be afraid to pull out the bin with the arts and crafts and get messy. Lay out some newspaper or old bed sheets and let your kids apply glitter to their cards. You can also get creative by encouraging your children to write out family love notes or praises about each other. Pass out some paper and pens (or markers) and everyone take turns writing notes to others in their family, or saying what they love about one another.
- Study the history of Valentine’s Day. What better time to teach and learn the history? Take time to study how different cultures celebrate the holiday.
- Create a Valentine’s Day song playlist. Another fun idea that can also be educational is to spend some time researching and finding songs about Valentine’s Day, both past and present. Then create a playlist of the songs and notice the changes to the music and the expression of love and admiration in the lyrics. Don’t be afraid to research songs from around the world and printing out translation of the lyrics. If you want to make it a little more fun, dance to the playlist you created.
- Have a game night. This is also a good time to come together and do something fun as a family. Consider a family game night and share special Valentine’s Day snacks, such as heart-shaped cookies or chocolate treats.
- Cook dinner together. Another great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the kids while also teaching them useful skills is to make a nice dinner together. Plan the meal together and allow the kids to help with age and skill appropriate tasks. Consider lighting some candles and enjoying the meal together. It will be something your kids remember for a long time. HINT: Use the instant pot 😉
You can also make a special treat!
Now that you have a few new ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day, you can begin planning your curriculum and your fun day together. There are no right or wrong ways to celebrate this holiday with your children. Forming your own traditions by trying new and different activities each year is a great way to begin. Based on their own interests, allow your children to guide your lesson plans and incorporating activities based on their likes and dislikes to get the most enjoyment from this holiday.
What are your Valentine’s Day traditions? I’d love to hear more about them in the comments! Don’t forget to grab your free Valentine’s Day Tags! Just click here– or click on the image below—