The St. Valentine Day Quiz Game Book: Mystery And History Challenge For Sweethearts Of All Ages

A Cel­e­bra­tion Of St. Valentine’s Day: 
Tra­di­tions Of His­tory And Hon­or­ing The Universe 

st. valentine_Gustav Klim

St. Valentine’s Day is a day that is more than hearts and flow­ers for adults.  It should remind us that in the midst of all the tur­moil of life, we need to take moments
and appre­ci­ate the beauty of some­one or some­thing that touches us.

We take so lit­tle time to really say or do a kind act.   One takes for granted the
per­son just “knows” how we feel.

Whether at home or in the class­room, chil­dren sense how we take on hol­i­days
and hold their spe­cial rev­er­ence for them in our own lives.

That is why I decided to create:

 The Valen­tine Quiz Game Book:
The Mys­tery and Chal­lenge For Sweet­hearts  Of All Ages:

 http:/www.amazon.com/dp/B00B42PM2E

to empha­sis the his­tory and ori­gins rather the clut­ter of the super­fi­cial hol­i­day activ­i­ties  to enrich our family’s  life.

For the major­ity of us grow­ing up, Valentine’s Day was a day of send­ing hearts and receiv­ing cards and chocolates.

How­ever, under­stand­ing the back­ground and cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance of Valentine’s Day is really an inte­gral com­po­nent to offer our chil­dren a mean­ing­ful encounter to this holiday.

There­fore, as with any pos­i­tive learn­ing expe­ri­ence we can cre­atively con­nect young­sters in mean­ing­ful games to aid them in evoca­tive char­ac­ter development

Here are some sug­ges­tions that can develop a great fam­ily tra­di­tion in your house­hold to hon­or­ing St. Valen­tines’ Day with pur­pose and respect.

Play­ing Games Together That Deal With Words
Of Kind­ness And Appreciation

 Word Games

  •  Word Search Maker

This is a fun and a great fam­ily activ­ity.  You can go on-line and even
find tem­plates that can help you build a basic word search foun­da­tion.
Go to http://www.puzzle-maker.com should you wish to use this
tool.

  • Cross­word Puz­zle Maker

Although this is a bit more advanced, it’s great fam­ily fun and
the tem­plate maker is also avail­able at:
http://www.puzzle-maker.com.

Be sure you include in your word games, the his­tory of Valen­tine Day’s
and keep a global per­spec­tive of how other nation­al­i­ties honor the day.
Remem­ber, this is not strictly a North Amer­i­can Euro­pean holiday

  • Paper Trace Race

-        You can have a paper trace to see how Valentine’s Day has changed
since its very beginnings.

-        Ask chil­dren to draw and explain the dif­fer­ent images and sym­bols that have grown
over the decades.

-        Which Valentine’s Day gifts are no longer used or what do we give in
place of flow­ers or candy to peo­ple we care about?

-       Another option is to teach stu­dents about how Valentine’s Day has devel­oped, and
how dif­fer­ent imagery of Valentine’s  Day has changed over the years.

  •  Cre­ate A Great Valen­tine Day Game Board

Young­sters love the idea of cre­at­ing and invent­ing their own toys and
games.  Imag­i­na­tion is the story of the soul and the great­est 21st
Cen­tury learn­ing tool along with collaboration.

-       Have them spend some time each evening in place of TV or a com­puter game
invent­ing a Valen­tine Candy Land, Chutes and Lad­ders, or Jeopardy.

-       Let them research the his­tory of the day and allow the most ques­tions to be
answered as the cen­ter­piece of winning.

-       Every­one should have some type of prize at the end to encour­age fur­ther explo­ration
of the next hol­i­day game they can invent.

  • Good Old Fash­ioned Valen­tine Bingo With A Twist

-        The whole idea is to play the game using his­tor­i­cal char­ac­ters and events that          
com­pose the sig­nif­i­cance of the day-  Cupid, Venus, roses, locks of hair, cards,
and Henry VIII can be part of the cast of char­ac­ters.  As the game is played, the
expla­na­tion of those sym­bols can be share with the family.

  • Love Let­ters

One of the many leg­ends that are we hold pre­cious is that St.
Valentine’s Day is not only for adults.   Chil­dren of the vil­lages and
towns would script lit­tle love notes to him while he was in prison often
telling him of their love and devo­tion to  his ser­vice.  They would thank
him for his brave works despite the dan­gers he was encoun­ter­ing.
Per­haps this won­der­ful tra­di­tion can be started in your fam­ily to write
thank­ing some­one one for their good­ness and kind­ness dur­ing times
when they were chal­lenged by stud­ies, stu­dents, bul­lies, or even
pres­sures of grow­ing up    

  • Tell A Won­der­ful Valen­tine Story About An Ances­tor
    In Your Fam­ily 
    Who Has Shown Love Uncon­di­tion­ally

-  Every­one has a St Valen­tine fig­ure in their fam­ily.  Pass that leg­end on to your young ones. Let them cre­ate a fam­ily scrap book of St. Valentine’s heros of thier own heritage.

  • Have A Global Valen­tine Cel­e­bra­tion For The Uni­verse.  Love The Earth. 

- We use a dis­pro­por­tion­ate amount of the world’s resources.  We need to remind our loved ones that the sim­ple life is the best life.  As we waste  the world’s nat­ural resources, we are hurt­ing every­one around us. Every­onebecomes richer when we share with one another what has been  given to us.  Giv­ing a lot of candy and sweets is lots of fun. 

But what can we give our uni­verse on Valentine’s Day?
What things make an impact on lov­ing the earth?

-       Sug­gest chil­dren check their toys. Have them make a list.

-        Toys that are made of wood,metal, plas­tic, or paper objects have an impact
on the world we live in today. Share that with them.  Their con­tri­bu­tions do count to the world.

Global St. Valentine's Day Activity

Honor The Day With St. Valentine’s Day Share

  • Activ­ity To Love The Earth On Valen­tine Day

Even though we know, we indi­vid­u­ally do not make a huge dent in the world’s ero­sion, together we can visu­ally allow our chil­dren to see the impact we do have.

Activ­ity:

Have a col­ored piece of paper for each kind of toy your child wants to share on his world Valen­tine Board.

Blue =  Plas­tic                                         Orange =  Sports Toys

Red=    Wood                                          Black     =  Video Games

Green = Metal                                         Yel­low  =   Others

1.  Cre­ate col­ors to rep­re­sent the kind of toys your child has.

2.  Have each child write the name of his toy.  It will rep­re­sent what they
have in the world.

3.  Have the chil­dren place their papers on the table which rep­re­sents the
uni­verse we live in to see how high the pile goes.

4.  Ask how the pile looks and what dam­age all this can do together
earth?

5.  Ask what gift we can give the earth as a Valen­tine?   Less toys to play
with and share with oth­ers is what you will be want­ing to hear.

6.  Would this be hard or easy for us to do this at our home?

7.  Could you begin to dis­trib­ute and share toys with each other?

8.  Is giv­ing away a toy the same as shar­ing?  Can you do that with love and
brav­ery with chil­dren out­side our home?

8.  Could you do this as with friends with a toy shar­ing sta­tion?  Can you
cre­ate a toy library and ded­i­cate it to St. Valentine?

9.  Where can a toy library ded­i­cated to him be placed?  How can you
start the project?

10.  The les­son learned for our chil­dren on this St.Valentine’s Day is
that we should hold devo­tion in our hearts rather than in our
pos­ses­sions, and then only then can we see how much we have when we
give it away to one another.

Happy Saint Valentine’s Day

 Words Of Love And Wisdom

Larissa

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