Make your Valentine’s Day celebration even more special with these 10 fun facts about Valentine’s Day for kids. We bet you don’t know these random facts about Valentines Day that you can print and use at home or in the classroom. Kids of all ages will love learning these Valentines facts and surprising their friends and family with new found knowledge!
Valentine’s Day Facts for Kids
Get ready to learn some interesting Valentine’s Day facts that also double as coloring pages! If you think that Valentine’s Day is a random day where people give each other roses, cards, and chocolate, you’re in for a big surprise. Let’s learn about Valentine’s day traditions and the history with these printable Valentines Day facts. Click the pink button to download:
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Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day
1. Celebration of Love and Friendship
Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and friendship that falls every February 14th.
2. Aka St. Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is also called St. Valentine’s Day or the Feast of St. Valentine. Saint Valentine’s Day has been celebrated for a long time.
3. Who Does Valentine’s Day Commemorate?
Originally, the day was celebrated to commemorate Valentinus, who was imprisoned for marrying young couples in love, when weddings were banned by the emperor.
4. Valentine’s Day Represents Love
And since the 1300s, Valentine’s Day was associated with the idea of love and romance. That’s when couples started to exchange gifts, flowers, cards, and candies to express their love.
5. When Was the First Valentine Day Celebrated?
The first Valentine’s day was celebrated by Pope Gelasius I in AD496 to commemorate the Christian martyr Saint Valentine of Rome. The day was associated with love in the 14th century by Geoffrey Chaucer and in the 18th century love began being expressed with gifts.
5. Why Does X Mean Kiss?
The X became a symbol for a kiss in medieval times, or Middle Ages, because people who couldn’t write signed their name as an X, and kissed it to show good faith.
Interesting Facts About Valentine’s Day
6. Red Roses Are The Flower of Love
Red roses are common during this day because it’s known as the “flower of love”. It is said to be the favorite flower of Venus, the roman goddess of love and beauty.
7. Cupid Is Associated With Valentine’s Day Because Of His Powers
Cupid, a charming cherub who is the son of Venus, is associated with Valentine’s Day due to his magnificent love-matching powers.
8. Teachers Receive The Most Valentine’s Day Cards
We believe that among all the people who receive Valentine’s Day cards, teachers might get the most!
9. Over 100 Million Valentine’s Day Cards Are Sent Out Every Year
Actually, over 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent every February 14, which makes it the second biggest holiday for exchanging cards, right after Christmas.
History of Valentine’s Day for Kids
10. Chocolate Was Prescribed To Fix a broken Heart
Back in the 1800s, doctors prescribed chocolate as a treatment for those who had been disappointed in love – that’s why chocolates are one of the most common gifts during this holiday.
11. First Heart Shaped Chocolate Box
Richard Cadbury created the first heart-shaped Valentine’s day candy box in 1861. He create the first box of chocolates that we often buy as Valentine’s day gifts. Now, over 36 million heart shaped Valentine’s chocolate boxes are bought every year!
12. The History Of The Conversation Hearts
Everyone knows these sweet chalky candies with red words stamped on them. They were actually created in 1866 by a Boston pharmacist named Oliver Chase. They actually weren’t heart shaped until 1902 and were bigger with bigger phrases on them.
13. First Valentine’s Day Cards In The USA
Valentine’s day cards were often imported from Europe in the 1800’s and were expensive and rather plain. Esther Howland hand crafted prettier and more elaborate cards that became super popular in the years to come. So Americans could have affordable and beautiful Valentine’s day cards.
14. The Patent For The Telephone
Alexander Graham Bell actually filed a patent application for the telephone on February 14, 1876.
Download These Fun Valentine Day Facts & Coloring Pages
And the best part is that we made two versions:
- Full-color PDF printable set of our Valentines fun facts
- Black & white printable set that doubles as Valentine’s Day coloring pages!
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1. Grab the pdf version of the Valentine Facts Sheet Full Color Pages
2. Grab the Valentine Fact Coloring Pages Version
More Valentine’s Day fun
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- Learn how to make Valentines heart step by step with this origami tutorial.
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- You have to check out this adorable free printable Valentine writing paper! Perfect for writing notes this Valentine’s day!
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Do you know any Valentine’s day facts? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.