This fun printable is a cross between a puzzle and a drawing activity! Can the kids complete the picture of the love spoon on the left by referring to the completed picture on the right?
NEW! Welsh love spoons are famous - and they are fun to learn about, too. We've got a new collection of love spoon activities here for the kids - from crafts to colouring to worksheets!
What are Love Spoons?
Welsh love spoons are traditional spoons carved from one piece of wood by young men, often sailors on sea voyages, to give to a young woman as a romantic gift.
Originally they were ‘cawl’ (soup) spoons, that once carved had no practical use so became items for display.Over time the symbols on the spoon came to have meanings; for example, a horseshoe for luck, a diamond for wealth and good fortune and an anchor for security and a wish to settle down.
The oldest known love spoon in Wales is displayed at St Fagan’s Museum, near Cardiff. It dates from 1667.
Whilst Welsh love spoons are the most famous, the tradition of love spoons is familiar across Europe.
Our Love Spoon Resources
Traditional Welsh love spoons are the perfect shape for bookmarks! Print onto some card, cut out, and laminate for extra durability.
What do your children know about the Welsh tradition of the love spoon? Test them with this fun cloze worksheet. Read the text and fill in the missing words from the word bank.
These love spoon colouring bookmarks make a lovely gift once coloured in, and you can laminate them so they last longer too.
A hand-coloured card is a perfect way to express your love for someone, and the illustration of a traditional Welsh love spoon makes this card really special.
Print off this picture of a traditional Welsh love spoon and colour in carefully - you might need to concentrate when you colour in the details.
Our little printable jigsaws make excellent time fillers and, because you can cut them up in advance and store them in an envelope, they are useful to have in a purse or handbag too!
Write about the origins of the love spoon on this story paper, or write a story based on the tradition. Available in two versions to suit different ages and abilities.
Have you ever heard of a love spoon before? Do some research then write to someone and tell them about this Welsh traditional craft on this writing page.
Write a letter to someone you love on this unusual love spoon writing paper! We've got three versions to choose from below: blank, lined and with handwriting lines.
The giving of lovespoons dates back to the 17th Century. Traditionally, they we given by young men to young ladies in the hope that they would lead to courtship or engagement. If the young lady accepted the spoon she was accepting the young man's interest.