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Valentine's Day

Heather Ward

A COOL VALENTINE
If you have snow on the ground on Valentine's Day, send a very unique and "cool" valentine. Choose someone you'd like to have receive a special message. It could be a group such as your church or school, or an individual.

Fill a squirt bottle with water and enough red food coloring to turn the water red. Locate a large area of fresh, untracked snow in your valentine's yard. Stomp the outline of a large heart in the snow, beginning at the bottom point of the heart. Keep your footprints close together to create a good outline. Finally, squirt the snow inside the heart with the colored water.

THE LEGEND OF SAINT VALENTINE
The Roman Emperor Claudius II threw a priest named Valentinus into prison because of his Christian beliefs. While Valentinus awaited his execution, Julia-a blind, young jailer's daughter-visited Valentinus every day. On the day of his execution, Valentinus prayed for Julia's healing. God answered his prayer and miraculously healed her. In a final

"Valentine's" note, Valentinus reaffirmed God's love for Julia and encouraged her. He was executed February 14, A.D. 270.

After reading this legend to the children, have them work in groups of four to re-create the note Valentinus may have written to Julia. When finished, have groups read their notes one at a time.

Then give each child an inexpensive flower and a copy of this legend. Have children make valentine cards, pasting the legends inside. Encourage each child to give his or her valentine and flower to someone special.

IT'S PARTY TIME!
Using heart-shaped paper, write two different body parts on each heart-one on one side of the card and one on the other side. Use body parts such as arm, knee, shoulder, head, foot, hip, elbow, and back.

Form a circle and place one card in front of each person. Choose one person to start. This person picks up his or her card and holds the card between him- or herself and the second person. The key is that these two people must place the card between the body parts written on the card. For example, if the body parts listed are head and elbow, the partners must place the card between one person's head and the other person's elbow.

Without dropping the first card, the second person must pick up his or her card and do the same thing with the next person. Continue this pattern until everyone around the circle is connected.

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