VALENTINE’S DAY

Did you know that…

  • About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year, making it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year in the U.S.
  • More than 40,000 Americans are employed at chocolate companies.
  • On average, men spend $130 each on candy, cards, jewelry, flowers and dates. That’s more than double what women commit to spending.
  • Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Men buy most of the millions of boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers given on Valentine’s Day.
  • Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentine’s Day candy box in the late 1800s.
  • In medieval times, girls ate unusual foods on Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future husband.
  • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on a sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
  • The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.

(Resource: stvalentinesday.org)

During the Middle Ages, Saint Valentine became the patron saint of love and lovers in England and France. In 498 AD, when Pope Gelasius decided to put an end to pagan celebration of Feast of Lupercalia, he declared that the 14th of February be celebrated as St. Valentine’s Day. Some scholars, however, say that romance was linked with Valentine’s Day because of the popular belief in England and France during the Middle Ages that birds began to start looking for their mate from the 14th of Febuary. These days, Valentine’s Day is not only about romance and gift-giving; it’s also a day to celebrate love and friendship. Many teachers use this holiday to create special cooperative learning activities that celebrate friendships and promote teamwork in the classroom. Click here for some fun ideas. PlanToys® has always been an advocate for love, caring and giving, not only by creating products that inspire and touch the hearts and minds of children and parents around the world, but also its commitment to minimizing environmental impact and giving back to the community through day-to-day activities and special projects. To learn more about our sustainable products and practices, visit www.plantoys.com.  
Download and have fun folding this “Fold a Heart” activity page with your little ones, then share the love!