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Educational Valentine's Day Activities to Engage Your Child

Updated on February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day, like any major event in your child's life, can be used to encourage education in a way more engaging than a typical day provides. Some efforts are obvious but worth while. For example, encouraging your child to practice penmanship as he or she creates or addresses valentines. Others take a little more effort but are still worth pursuing like math or history lessons with a Valentine's Day theme. I will go through a few examples to get you started.

Poem from Gammer Gurton's Garland a collection of English Nursery Rhymes
Poem from Gammer Gurton's Garland a collection of English Nursery Rhymes

Valentine Poetry

It is a good idea to expand your child's literary horizons by introducing them to poetry. The poem quoted above is a fun choice because it will remind them of the childhood rhyme they are already familiar with. And as an English nursery rhyme it is already intended for children.

How do you teach your children about poetry? Encourage them to listen to the meter and rhyme. Have younger learners identify the rhyming words. Older readers can break down the syllables of the poem. See if they can identify stressed and unstressed syllables. Discuss the punctuation of poetry and how it should be read.

Talk about the imagery in the poem. Does the poem have any themes? Consider the author's word choices. What do they say about the author's feelings toward the subject. This particular poem is an easy poem to tackle so even you youngest learner should be able to understand the author's meaning. But by introducing them to the concept of analyzing a poem now, later poems will not seem so difficult to understand.

Valentine Math

Math can sometimes seem a dry subject matter. Valentine themed story problems should make math a little more entertaining. Here are a few problems to help you get started. The first ten are addition and subtraction problems. The last ten are multiplication and division problems.

1. John has 9 red Valentine’s Day cards and 3 pink Valentine’s Day cards. How many fewer pink Valentine’s Day cards does John have?

2. Suzy had 10 Valentine’s Day cards. She got 3 more Valentine’s Day cards at lunch time. How many Valentine’s Day cards does Suzy have now?

3. Samantha had 10 Valentine’s Day cards. She got more at school. Samantha now has 13 Valentine’s Day cards. How many did she get at school?

4. Mason has 4 candy hearts and 10 Valentine’s lollipops. How many few candy hearts does Mason have?

5. Tanya had 12 chocolate candies. She gave three candies to Jackie. How many candies does Tanya have left?

6. Sherry has 6 candy hearts. Jenny has 4 candy hearts. How many fewer candy hearts does Jenny have than Sherry?

7. Sam has 7 chocolate candies. Jessica has 3 chocolate candies. How many chocolate candies do they have altogether?

8. Jack has 8 lollipops. He gave 4 to Sue. How many lollipops does Jack have left?

9. The teacher has 18 candy Valentine’s cards. There are 15 students. If she gave each student one Valentine’s card how many would she have left?

10. Maria has 7 sticker Valentine’s Day cards and 6 candy Valentine’s Day cards. How many Valentine’s Day cards does she have altogether?

11. There are 42 children in Max's class. Each box of candy comes with 6 lollipops. How many boxes does Max need to buy in order to have enough for everyone in his class?

12. Stacy bought seven boxes of valentines. Each box contains eight cards. How many Valentine's Day cards does Stacy have?

13. Sam bought a box of 49 chocolates. There are seven children in his class. How many chocolates can he give to each child?

14. Cindy wants to give four candy hearts to each of the 12 children in her class. How many candy hearts will she need?

15. Robert wants to give five Valentine's Day stickers to each of his classmates. There are 9 students in his class. How many Valentine's Day stickers does he need?

16. Pam has 28 Valentine's balloons. There are seven children in her class. How many balloons can she give to each child?

17. Mark was give nine boxes of candy hearts. Each box contains 11 hearts. How many candy hearts does Mark have in all?

18. Linda was given eight valentines in each of her six classes. How many valentines does she have in all?

19. John has 72 candy hearts. There are nine children in his class. How many candy hearts can he give to each student?

20. Jodi was given seven valentines in each of her six classes. How many valentines does she have in all?

Valentine History

If you don't wish to give your child a Valentine's Day history lesson simply provide them the following multiple choice worksheet. Then let them study more about whichever of the Valentine's topics presented below that they found interesting.

Choose from this list to answer the questions below: 5, 14, 15, 15, 19, 269, 496, 1382, 1847, 1969

  1. What day in February is Valentine's Day observed?

  2. Valentine's Day was first established by Pope Gelasius I in what year?

  3. Valentine's Day was deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints by Pope Paul VI in what year?

  4. Valentine's Day had become a holiday when people expressed their love with flowers and candies in what century?

  5. In what century were handwritten cards outnumbered by mass-produced cards?

  6. In what year was Valentine of Rome (one of the Valentines for whom the day is named) martyred?

  7. Geoffrey Chaucer wrote "For this was Saint Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate." This first written record of an association between Valentine's Day and romantic love was written in what year?

  8. Valentine's Day is mentioned in what scene of the fourth act of Shakespear's Hamlet?

  9. Easter Howland of Massachusetts produced and sold the first mass-produced valentines of paper lace in what year?

  10. How many million e-valentines were sent in 2010?

And in case you did not wish to look up the answers they are as follows:

  1. 14
  2. 496
  3. 1969
  4. 15
  5. 19
  6. 269
  7. 1382
  8. 5
  9. 1847
  10. 15

I hope these few little Valentine's Day activities prove useful to you and your children. If you have other ideas I'd love to hear about them. Good luck in your educational endeavours.


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    • Joy M profile image

      Joy M 6 years ago from Sumner, Washington

      Thank you.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Oh, as a former Finance Director, the Valentine's Day math is simply the best! Excellent!

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      Joy M 6 years ago from Sumner, Washington

      It works for my girls. :)

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      ElleBee 6 years ago

      Good ideas. Using events kids are already excited about to help them learn, is always a good idea :)

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      mathair 6 years ago from Ireland

      There are lots of fun ideas here. I think I may use some of these with my children. They are very excited about the prospect of decorating the house for valentines day!