Why doesn’t anyone talk much about the history of Valentine’s Day with kids? Well as it turns out, the beginnings of the holiday are not that positive. When Catholicism really started taking hold, one of the Pope’s tried to replace a holiday in which men drew lottery numbers in order to “pair up” with women in a not so good way. This is thought to be the origins of exchanging Valentine’s Day cards with a large group of people! The good news is, our History of Valentine’s Day printable worksheets don’t discuss any of that! We have a great. Valentine’s Day word search printable included at the bottom of this post for FREE and it also includes a brief (kid-friendly) history of the holiday and a crossword puzzle.
Lots of great traditions exist that can be included in a child’s celebration of Valentine’s Day without making it about the more seedy beginnings. Valentine’s Day was first given truly romantic connotations by Geoffrey Chaucer, which doesn’t come as a huge surprise, and is now used as a celebration of romantic love.
As a family, it’s a great time to celebrate Mom and Dad — look at wedding pictures, talk about the importance of marriage and commitment, and teach children how to properly treat a potential spouse. Our children started by taking us out on “dates” on Valentine’s Day and practicing how to have conversations, pay for meals, and treat someone well and be treated well. These are all things you can practice and discuss at home or in your classroom, though maybe not with the connotation of a “date” of course.
You can also discuss the origin of Cupid, the use of a heart and lovebirds as a symbol for love, and discuss the value of relationship. All of these things can be fun to discuss and cover in History of Valentine’s Day printable worksheets like the ones linked in this post. Our free download includes four pages: a kid-friendly Valentine’s History sheet, the Valentine’s Day Word Search Printable, the Valentine’s Day printable crossword puzzle page, and a page with the clues for the crossword puzzle.
So what can you do with our Valentine’s Day Word Search Printable? That’s easy! Print copies for you home or a single classroom and give your kids some background about this hugely popular holiday. Our printables are personal use only, so if another teacher or friend wants to make copies, please send her directly to this post so she can claim her own original download. This helps me continue to afford to create free printables, since every time someone lands on my website or subscribes to my newsletter it increases my bottom line at no cost to you or your friends. And that makes sharing this post a win-win for all of us!