When I saw the Heart Attack Valentine’s Day idea from Skip to My Lou, I knew I wanted to adapt the thoughtful activity for my kids! In the beginning of February, the idea is to add a heart with a reason we love our kids on our child’s door. On each subsequent day, another heart is added until the door is covered with hearts on Valentine’s Day!
Since I want my kids to know that mom and dad love them unconditionally, I decided to use the valentines to focus on positive affirmations. I’ve created free bilingual printables, which I hope can save time for your family and help parents who cannot write Chinese.
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Skip to My Lou first shared the “Heart Attack Valentines” in 2007, and the sweet gesture has become extremely popular! It’s awesome to see many parents adapt the idea for their family and how excited their kids react. Whether or not you are crafty, you’ll be relieved to hear that this wonderful activity takes minimal effort and supplies!
Positive messages for our kids
A few months ago, I wrote about positive affirmations for our kids (Chinese and English) and was blown away by thoughtful replies from bilingual parents worldwide on Instagram and Facebook. In contrast to English, encouraging words in Chinese often feels awkward and unnatural.
However, many parents, including myself, want to use to support our children with positive language. Affirmations may require practice to become internalized and, in turn, impact our actions, behavior, and relationships.
The tradition of Heart Attack Valentines is a clever way to reinforce positive messages. Here’s how my daughter’s bedroom door looked last year on Valentine’s Day!
Other than Valentine’s Day, I think this activity would be great for birthdays or any time our kids need reminders of their wonderful attributes!
More Valentine’s Day activities for kids
- Valentine’s Day Cards in Chinese, Korean, and English (Free Printables)
- Learn Names of Chinese Family Members with Printable Heart Matching Game
- 6 Activities to Teach Chinese Characters with 心 Heart Radical!
- Chinese Heart Radical Word Puzzles
Translations for bilingual positive messages (English / Chinese)
- You are loved
- Nǐ bèi àile
- I am proud of you
- Wǒ yǐ nǐ wéi róng
- You are kind
- Nǐ hěn shànliáng
- You are capable
- Nǐ hěn nénggàn
- You are special
- Nǐ hěn tèbié
- You are brave
- Nǐ hěn yǒnggǎn
- You are diligent / hard-working
- Nǐ hěn nǔlì
- You are awesome
- Nǐ tài bàngle
- You have great ideas
- Nǐ de xiǎngfǎ hěn bàng
- You are so creative
- 你很有创意 / 你很有創意
- Nǐ hěn yǒu chuàngyì
- You are enough
- 你足够好 / 你足夠好
- Nǐ zúgòu hǎo
- You are awesome
- Nǐ tài bàngle
- You are strong (physically)
- Nǐ hěn qiángzhuàng
- You are important
- Nǐ hěn zhòngyào
- You are honest
- Nǐ hěn chéngshí
Printable bilingual Heart Attack Valentines and recommended supplies
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- Heart templates:
- The Skip to My Lou blog has free printable messages in English only (different phrases than ours)
- For bilingual messages, please click on the links below to download and print desired language.
- If you have time, handwritten notes are special, too! 🙂 I included 2 blank hearts at the end of my template files above!
- Colorful paper or construction paper
- Painter’s tape or wall putty
Tips for making the most of bilingual Heart Attack Valentines
- If you’re busy, just cut one heart at a time to spread out the work. Then surprise your kids with a new heart each morning before they wake up!
- Put the heart valentines at eye level. If you have toddlers, this means putting the hearts at the bottom of the doors. (Yes, just like the way toddlers hang ornaments on a Christmas tree haha).
- Invite your kids to decorate the hearts with drawings or stickers!
- The hearts are intentionally large so that the words are more visible. If you live in a non-diverse area like ours, noticeable Chinese words are an important part of creating a print-rich environment, especially for the minority language. Since Chinese characters are much more complex than English words, big font helps each stroke stand out more.
- If your kids can’t read Chinese or English yet, reading to them is a great way to model the power of decoding words. And if you can’t read Chinese fluently, I hope that the Zhuyin and Pinyin versions can help!
- If you have time or the ability to write, skip our printables and leave love notes the old-fashioned way! Modeling handwriting is one of the most powerful ways to motivate our kids learn writing!
Since Valentine’s Day is around the same time as Lunar New Year, we had our Chinese New Year banners up, too! Our doors have never been more festive! Whoooo!
Did you set up positive message Heart Attack valentines with your kids?
If you try this activity, please let us know in the comments below! What age(s) are your kid(s) and how did it go? We’d love to hear about your learning experience!
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