Western culture embraces the celebration of Valentine’s Day, but some Islamic countries forbid it since public displays of affection are not in line with their religious practices. In some like Iran, even the production of all gifts and items associated with Valentine’s day is prohibited. Therefore, for children growing up in such countries, the only way they can ever know what Valentine’s Day entails is through their imagination. As such, we have come up with 50 awesome Valentine’s Day writing prompts for kids to take their little minds on a wild ride. Of course, to quench their curiosity, we also enlighten them on how the day came about and which other activities can be performed on this special day.
Awesome Valentine’s Day Writing Prompts for Kids
1. If you were to tell someone you love him/her, how would you do it?
2. Talk about a time you felt you were sincerely loved.
3. If you had a garden, what kind of flowers would you plant to be plucking for the ones you love?
4. What does it mean when people say they love each other?
5. You have just bought a card. Write a few words to express your love.
6. Can you show love through music? List the top 10 songs you would choose for the person you love.
7. Are animals capable of love? Talk about a time your pet showed love to people or other animals.
8. What color do you think expresses love in the best way possible?
9. Can you love objects such as toys the same way you love people?
10. Imagine a world where love did not exist. Would you like to live there?
11. Do children love the same way as adults?
12. Is it true that money cannot buy love?
13. People use food to express love. What food would you prepare for the ones you love?
14. If there was a magic spell, would you use it to make two people fall in love, or would you rather have true love take its course?
15. Draw a picture showing two people in love.
16. List the members of your family and how each person likes to show love.
17. “You have to love like you never get hurt.” Do you think it’s possible to ignore heartache for those you love?
18. Are there particular traits you notice in people that make them more lovable?
19. Is there such a thing as unconditional love? Can you stop loving someone depending on your mood or their behavior?
20. Create a logo that represents “I love you.”
21. Do you know how Valentine’s Day came to be? Come up with your own story anyway?
22. Finish the story: “When I grow up, I will fall in love with someone who…”
23. Write a letter to your best friend telling him/her what you love most about him/her?
24. You have just found the perfect gift for your best friend. What is it and what makes it perfect?
25. Must people celebrate Valentine’s Day? Discuss your opinion.
More Valentine’s Day Writing Prompts
26. People talk about finding or having their soulmates. What do you think it means to have a soulmate?
27. List 10 things that make you lovable.
28. Is it possible to love two or more people at the same time?
29. There are different types of love. Do you know them?
30. If you could go back in time, would you choose a different family or best friend to love?
31. You get stuck on an island with the person you love. What would you do to pass time as you wait for help to arrive?
32. Have you ever heard the phrase “You can’t hurry love?” What do you suppose it means?
33. You want to tell a person you love about your emotions. Create your emoji to do it.
34. When picking out a best friend, are there certain traits you seek in a person? What are they?
35. You have watched the ideal Valentine’s Day movie. Which one is it?
36. If you were in charge of making decisions around the world, what would you order to be included as part of Valentine’s Day celebrations?
37. Does love fade with time? Why?
38. Is there such a thing as a “perfect love?” Explain your answer.
39. Plan Valentine’s Day getaway. What is a must-have on your trip and where is the ideal place to celebrate it?
40. If you were a superhero, would you use your powers to spread love around the world?
41. You have just been invited to a romantic evening. What will you wear for the special occasion?
42. Your parents are quite busy and you want to plan a surprise Valentine’s Day dinner? Which romantic meal will you prepare?
43. There is that celebrity couple that makes you wish you find true love soon. Which one is it and how do they act to prompt you to make such a wish?
44. What does it mean to make someone’s heart melt? What would cause someone’s heart to melt?
45. You have just been hurt by your best friend. Will you end the relationship or will you continue to be best friends?
46. What does it mean to break a heart? Has your heart ever been broken? Have you ever broken someone else’s heart?
47. Write a short poem for Valentine’s Day.
48. Do you think films such as “Shrek” portray how true love should be? Is there such a thing as “true love’s first kiss?”
49. Draw a big love heart and explain why you think the heart is often used to symbolize love.
50. You have just baked a cake for Valentine’s Day. Which flavor will you use and how will you decorate it?
Valentine’s Day Dark Origin
Whenever kids talk about Valentine’s Day, they are starry-eyed because of the romance that has come to be associated with it. The beautiful bouquets, boxes of chocolates, and even candlelit dinners make it seem that the day is all about expressing love. However, the origin of Valentine’s Day is far from the romantic gestures we attach to it, and maybe if kids knew the truth, future generations would scrape it off.
Still, the truth can only be hidden for so long and as children grow and explore the internet and libraries, they are likely to come across the horrid origin of the day we look forward to every year. Therefore, should your kids ever ask you how Valentine’s Day came to be, you might as well start preparing them bit by bit, depending on how much they can handle.
According to NPR, ancient Rome celebrated the feast of Lupercalia between February 13 and February 15 every year. They commemorated the event by sacrificing a goat and a dog – the dog was slain for purification and the goat for fertility. Women were then whipped using the hides of the sacrificed animals which were first dipped in the blood.
You would think it was a punishment to be whooped with the hides but the Roman women believed that the lashes would increase their fertility so they lined up. To prove how fertile one could be, the men would also conduct a matchmaking ceremony in which the names of women would be put in a jar. Each name drawn would be matched up with a man and the two would couple up during the festival.
While this was a pagan festival, it turned into a Christian one when the Catholic church decided to honor martyrs executed on February 14th during different years of the third century. As the story goes, Emperor Claudius II opined that single men made better soldiers; therefore, banned marriage for young single men. However, a priest named Valentine did not see eye to eye with the new decree; thus, continued conducting marriages in secret.
When Emperor Claudius II found out that Valentine had defied the order, the priest was executed. Other legends insist different people named Valentine were put to death under the orders of Emperor Claudius II. Consequently, when Pope Gelasius took over in the fifth century, he got rid of the Lupercalia pagan festival and replaced it with Valentine’s Day to mark the day Saint Valentine was martyred.
Why Valentine’s Day is About Romance
You must wonder how the day went from being about commemorating the death of Saint Valentine to spreading love. Well, according to National Geographic, the first time Valentine’s Day had a romantic connotation was through the poem “The Parlement of Foules” by Geoffrey Chaucer. The poem written in the 14 century talks about how birds gather in spring during Saint Valentine’s Day to choose their mates for the year.
Of course, it is a comparison to the matchmaking lottery in the Lupercalia pagan festival where bachelors chose a name from the jar and the chosen woman would be paired up with the single men for the rest of the year. In most cases, such pairings ended up in marriage. The poem was also in line with the belief in England and France that birds started the mating season on February 14. Other poets such as Shakespeare then continued to popularize Valentine’s Day.
The oldest Valentine card known to exist today is part of the manuscript housed in the British Library, London. It was written in 1415 by Charles Duke of Orleans to his wife during his imprisonment at the Tower of London after being captured at the Battle of Agincourt. However, even before then, Valentine, the priest, had already written a greeting card to a young girl he fell in love with while he was in prison. He signed it “from your Valentine,” an expression that has remained popular today when people exchange their cards on this special day.
As love letters became the most popular means of expressing love, lovers preferred to handmake and hand print their own letters. Hull Museums Collection enlightens us that such handprinted and handmade letters were quite expensive. As technology advanced, mass printing made it cheaper to buy.
Since public displays of affection were discouraged in the United Kingdom in the mid-18th century, such letters, handwritten notes, and other tokens were the ideal forms of expression. Since Valentine’s cards are yet to fade in popularity, flowers and chocolate usually accompany them.
Ideal Activities for Kids During Valentine’s Day
You do not have to stick to the 50 Valentine’s Day writing prompts for kids listed above. There are various other ways to keep your children preoccupied, one of which is playing games. Good Housekeeping recommends a few, such as “Mittens and Kisses” in which you have your kids wear big, thick mittens. You then challenge them to unwrap the Hershey Kisses and the fastest one wins. You could also test how well they know the capital and lower cases using broken hearts made whole by matching capital letters with their lowercase letters.
For kids who love art and craft making, you have so many options. For instance, you can get art supplies from your local store and guide your children on how to make lovely heart shapes using boxes or cartons. The kids can decorate them as they wish, perhaps using glitter, paint, or crayons depending on their age and preference. Allow the kids’ creative juices to flow as they choose whichever method to embellish their creations so they can have more fun.
Well not every kid will be interested in playing games and craft making so how about you show them a dance? Have your child select a song they think expresses love and do some dance moves together. If dancing is not an option, maybe a love story will do. Instead of reciting the stories, your child has heard time and again, you could tell them to make up their own about how two people fell in love. It is such a great way to foster creativity, and you might be surprised how far their imagination can take them.
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