In European folklore February has been a fertility month for humans of forest and fields long before we got St. Valentine's feast ordered by the pope in 496.
"To-morrow is Saint Valentine's day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine" (Hamlet 4.5.48-51)
I hope you and your family is making Valentine cards for your friends and loved ones. Here are a few ideas to connect you and your family to the Valentine tradition and the outdoors.
Make a heart for the birds
It is a traditional belief or story that on Valentine's Day birds find their mates. They have to find each other early in the year to make sure their children will be strong before the fall arrives.
What better Valentine gift can we give our bird friends than to give them some extra energy this winter? Make some suet cake hearts.You will attract western bluebirds, chickadees, jays, towhees, warblers, woodpeckers and more to your backyard.
Make your kiddies love veggies by The Educators' Spin on It
Rock and Roll by Growing Play
Here is a fun activity combining playing outdoors, crafting and gaming.
Read below or watch the video on how to make the game.
Make snow hearts
Hearts Rocks : A Random Act of Kindness by Go Explore Nature
Paint hearts on a handful of rocks, return them outside in places where they almost blend in so that discovering them will bring a smile to someone’s face.
Have a heart hunt :
A fun idea is to have a heart hunt. A fun game that is perfect for getting in a Valentine spirit and a great activity for Valentine’s Day. An extra bonus is how pretty the hearts get when you shine a torch on them, especially around dusk time.
Make a Love bug for Valentines Day by NatureForKids.net
Remember getting in some outdoor time doesn't have to be hard. Walking to school also counts. Being visible this time of year is important for both kids and adults and can prevent accidents. So please wear a safety reflector heart and be safe on the road.
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