Send Valentines!

As we come to the end of the month of January, I am on the lookout for ideas for crafts involving Valentines! I love making Swedish woven heart baskets and filling them with treats. We happen to have a chocolate candy maker in our town, so I’m right in line when the time comes to fill the hearts. If you haven’t made them before, you can search the internet for videos on how to make them or follow printed directions for them. It’s tricky at first, but you will soon master it!
My favorite website for craft ideas is The Toymaker . Marilyn Scott-Waters is an amazing artist and her generosity in sharing free materials is something to be admired. She shares her Valentine craft ideas here:
It’s also fun to write and send an acrostic poem using the word LOVE.
I like to send word searches, too. There are many to find on the internet in shapes of hearts! Here are many sites to try.
So get started crafting and sending good wishes and loving thoughts to the people around you that you care about!

Animals in Love!

Oak Meadow’s science curriculum in grades k-4 offer blocks of animal study. Did you know that some animals have a natural and innate ability to share love with each other? As we find ourselves nearing the special holiday of love, Valentine’s Day, here are some fun facts about animals in LOVE!
What animals kiss? Snails do. So do many fish. One fish, known as the “kissing gourami”, has been observed kissing for as long as 25 minutes! Manatees hug one another and kiss, too.
What animal brings gifts to his sweetheart? Male spiders offer the female delicacies, such as a fly wrapped in a web. This is done for self-preservation in that the present keeps the female’s attention long enough to give the male time to get away before the female tries to eat him.
How to elephants show affection? They wrap their trunks around each other and swish their tails back and forth.
How to elephants fend off unwanted romantic advances? WIth a slap of the trunk.
What is the most family-oriented animal? The wolf. Wolves usually mate for life, and they even make a point of controlling their population! Generally, a “pack” of wolves consists of a father, mother and their offspring. Only two in each pack mate, but older brothers and sisters all help raise the newborn.
Which animal is best at playing hard to get? The lady porcupine who, if not interseted, will threaten the male by raising her quills!
Which are the least romantic animals? Zebras, wild horses and the male orangutan (who is a real brute).
Which animals are most romantic? Gorillas, elephants and lions all show affection and are very tender lovers to their mates.
If you are interested in some concrete evidence of animals sharing affection, I think you will love viewing the BuzzFeed Community’s selection of “40 Photos of Animals in Love“.
Also, if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to read last year’s Heart of the Meadow blog post on “Personal Visions for Valentine’s Day“, I encourage you to take a moment to read and reflect on the special love that you share with your children and all those you love.