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Valentine's Day - Saying 'I love you'

To encourage the children to say 'I love you' and 'Thank you' when appropriate.

by The Revd Trevor Donnelly

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)


To encourage the children to say 'I love you' and ‘Thank you’ when appropriate.

Preparation and materials

You will need a list of suitable books/films/TV shows to use in a game of charades.


  1. Begin by saying that you want to play a game about communication – Charades. Ask if any of the children know the rules, and either explain them to everyone or let a willing volunteer do it – the essence is that words must be mimed for others to guess. (Decide whether to go into details such as the use of a small words action, syllables, whole thing, etc. Choose age-appropriate titles for the children to guess, e.g. Bob the Builder/Big Cook Little Cook for KS1, Blue Peter/Basil Brush/Dr Who for KS2, etc.)
  2. Play the game a few times, choosing volunteers from the oldest year present first so they can demonstrate the game to the younger ones.
  3. Ask the children to think about the game, particularly about the titles that they found difficult to guess. Explain that it can be extremely hard to understand what someone is trying to tell you if they don’t use words. Explain that sometimes in real life we can make it hard for the people around us if we do not tell them important things.
  4. Remind the children that there is a special day in February called Valentine’s Day.

    You may want to mention a little bit about St Valentine. There are actually two saints called Valentine, who are both remembered on 14 February. They both lived in the third century AD, and were both killed during the Roman Empire’s persecution of Christians. One was a priest and doctor, the other a bishop.

    The linking of Valentine’s Day with romance came many hundreds of years later, in the Middle Ages, and is said to have originated with the idea that birds began to choose their mates on 14 February.
  5. Ask if anyone knows what people send and receive on Valentine’s Day? Cards are another way of communicating a message without speaking it out loud.

    Valentine’s cards are usually just a bit of fun. But it can be really important to tell people that we love them - especially our families. It is good to let people know that we love them, or just that we are glad that they are our friends.

    Friends, family and the people who look after us may not be able to guess how we feel about them, so it is good to tell them.

Time for reflection


Close your eyes and take a moment to think about the people who are important to you:



The people who care for us…

Choose one, or several, who you want to tell that you love them,

or to say thank you to…

And decide to tell them today, or as soon as you can.


Loving God, we thank you for all the people who are important to us.

Help us to tell them what they mean to us.

Help us to say ‘I love you’.

Help us to say ‘thank you’.



‘It’s a new day’ (Come and Praise, 106)

Publication date: February 2006   (Vol.8 No.2)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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