This Valentine quest activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet.
“One of the best parts of being a mom is finding ways to make learning and life lessons fun.” –Stacy
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so I thought I’d share a fun little Valentine quest we’ve been working on this month. We decided the world could use a little more chivalry and who better to deliver than a band of modern day knights in shining armor! I think it’s important to teach children Valentine’s Day is more about love and kindness, not just gifts and chocolate.
Thank goodness these two were happy to play the part! All they needed were a few cute knight costumes.
We came up with a Valentine Quest; a list of good deeds that each exemplify a different knightly virtue:
– Protect those that cannot protect themselves
– Give to widows and orphans
– Be strong, but disciplined
– Be loyal, and generous
– Always tell the truth
– Honor and respect women
– Obey those in authority
– Be fair, kind and just
– Feed your local wildlife
– Donate clothing & toys
– Help carry groceries
– “Heartbomb” the neighborhood
– Show a friend you care
– Give flowers to fair maidens
– Do your chores
– Be nice to your siblings
When the kids accomplish all the tasks on this list, they’ll be knighted in a short ceremony and will probably be served cupcakes. In case you didn’t know, knights love cupcakes.
We made the quest in hopes you’d want to join in too.
You can find the instructions on how to make heart clings for your heartbombing here (← you’ll love this)
We’re still working on that next to last one … but I have a feeling this handy chore chart might help
With every kind act we perform and each positive response we receive, the more excited the kids become and the more serious they start to take the quest. They are even coming up with ideas of their own for future quests!
Do you think this sounds like something you and your children would like to try? We can’t wait to see and hear about your Valentine quest! Tag a photo of your knights on Instagram with the hashtags #TakeBackChildhood, #CountlessWaysToPlay and #MelissaAndDoug.
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