Inspired by my kids’ love of sticks and magic wands, we’ve been making friendship wands in English, Chinese, and Korean, my family’s 3 languages! Initially, I created a free printable template for Valentine’s Day heart wands. However, the wands are also fun for pretend play, birthday gifts, or any special occasion!
Design inspiration for trilingual heart wands
Here are a few different ways that my kids have made their trilingual friendship heart wands for Valentine’s Day, gifts, pretend play, and other occasions!
Kids rainbow friendship wands with satin ribbons
Kids pastel heart wands with gold string
Pastel heart wands with shimmery bows
Red Valentine’s Day heart wands with satin ribbons
Celebrating friendship and Valentine’s Day in 3 languages!
According to my 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, these cute friendship wand valentines are their favorites!
They love using their stick collection from the beach, and they like waving the heart wands around!
I’m also so grateful that they can celebrate friendship and Valentine’s Day in their 3 languages!
Important Valentines’ Day vocabulary in English, Chinese, and Korean
Here are the words and phrases included in the free printable valentines as well as their translations.
Each language version has 6 different options.
For the Korean version, I used a few of different words so that they would fit on the small hearts.
Chinese and English Heart Wand Valentines
The Chinese versions have both simplified and traditional options in KaiTi font.
The English messages use D’nealian font.
I’ve included Hanyu Pinyin phonetic support as reference in this post. However, I did not include it in the printables because Pinyin would change the aesthetics and also distract from learning Chinese characters.
- 爱你 / 愛你 (Ài nǐ / Love you)
- 抱抱 (Bào bào / Hugs)
- 可爱 / 可愛 (Kě’ài / Cute)
- 朋友 (Péngyǒu / Friend)
- 甜蜜 (Tiánmì / Sweet)
- 真好 (Zhēn hǎo / Kind)
Korean Heart Wand Valentines
Here are the English definitions of the Korean phrases on these heart wants!
- 사랑해 (Salanghae / I love you)
- 뽀뽀 (Ppoppo / Kiss kiss)
- 귀여운 (Gwiyeoun / Cute)
- 친구 (Chingu / Friend)
- 최고야 (Choegoya / You’re the best!)
- 친절한 (Chinjeolhan / Kind)
What you need to make friendship wands / Valentine’s Day heart wands
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- Free printable heart templates*
- Card stock paper (eg, white, pastel, or red are recommended)
- Satin ribbon
- Tree branch, craft stick, or bamboo dowel rod
- Optional: Large heart punch
*Option: To personalize these wands for the family, you can use our Chinese Family Members Heart Printables!
How to make friendship wands / Valentine’s Day heart wands
- Cut out hearts*
- Tape stick to back of hearts
- Tie ribbon
- Give to friend with a smile and play with wand!
*Note: You can also use this large heart punch and write the desired message on the hearts. A heart punch would be much faster than cutting individual hearts by hand!
What if you have a large class and don’t have much time to prepare so many valentines? You can skip the sticks and ribbons and simply write a message on the back of the hearts!
Friendship wands in our DIY cardboard gift shop!
My kids had so much fun pretending to sell heart wands at our DIY Cardboard Valentine’s Day Card Shop (click here to read more)!
Did your kids get to enjoy these friendship heart wands / Valentine’s Day heart wands?
If you try this activity, please let us know in the comments below!
We’d love to hear about your learning experience! Please share what language(s) your child(ren) are learning!
Chinese Valentine’s Day resources for kids
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- Cardboard Valentine’s Day Cards – A Nature Weaving Activity for Kids!
- Learn the 心 Radical with Felt Valentines and Tactile Puffy Paint Chinese Characters!
- Learn Chinese Heart Radical Words with Heart Puzzles & Washi Tape!
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