Every year, all teachers look forward to Valentine’s Day! The most wonderful of all days! It’s a day filled with full classroom harmony and inspiring teaching moments. Right? Wait! Is it Valentine’s Day yet? On February 14th, the degree of enthusiasm among children is at an all-time high. It’s like mixing Halloween and Christmas into one. On this day, most teachers are barely scraping by! There are, however, some things that teachers may integrate into this fun-filled day to enrich the day for children while also assisting the teacher in maintaining their sanity. Of course, the day will feature the customary nibbling and exchanging of valentine cards, but here are ten Valentine’s Day activities that have been teacher-tested and are ready to use in your classroom.
1. Animals with a heart
Making heart animals is a tried-and-true Valentine’s Day pastime that youngsters adore. There are a plethora of choices: bird, bunny, crab, hippo, dog, elephant, and so on. They’re quick and simple to make! Check out DLTK-Growing Together for a wide range of possibilities.
A wonderful STEAM building project is to use heart-shaped marshmallows and toothpicks, which are easily available around Valentine’s Day. Assign a particular quantity of marshmallows and toothpicks to each student or group of students. Then set a time limit to determine who can construct the largest and/or most stable structure.
3. Hearts for conversation
This Valentine’s Day candy staple can be used for a variety of fun activities. You can undertake a variety of arithmetic activities, including graphing. Students can graph the hearts by sorting them by color or by the phrases inscribed on them. Students can use conversation hearts to see who can build the tallest tower in another STEAM activity.
4. Acts of compassion at random
The week leading up to Valentine’s Day is an excellent time to teach your kids about the joys of doing good for others. Doing surprise acts of kindness for them is the best approach to help them get into the spirit. Then, as a class, you can choose someone else at school for whom you want to do something nice. You might be surprised at how enthusiastic pupils are about helping others.
5. Theatrical reading
To perform a reader’s theater, plan ahead of time. You can also perform for parents, other classrooms, or students in different grades. Many popular Valentine’s Day books can be made into reader’s theaters. Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George by N. Di Angelo, and The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting and Jan Brett are just a few examples.
6. Day of Appreciation
Show your thanks for the employees by showing your support! This could be a class project or a school-wide initiative. A custodian, teacher assistant, office staff, or other member of the staff can be allocated to each group to send personalized valentine notes of thanks to. There are plenty more wonderful opportunities for acts of kindness!
7. Go on a heart hunt
Want to keep those students moving since they have so much more energy? Try a heart hunt, which is similar to an Easter egg hunt. Hide paper hearts all around the place. Hearts come in a variety of sizes and colors. A point value can be written on the back of each heart. To determine who wins, have kids collect hearts and total up their points. This can be a school-wide event in which classes compete against one another or inside a single class. It combines movement with mathematics!
8. Games of the heart
Another activity that involves movement and stresses exercise is this one. This is an exercise that would benefit from being done in a large environment, such as a gym. Students are separated into groups and assigned to various stations to complete the tasks. Students can earn a letter or a word that is part of a Valentine’s Day word or phrase by completing these stations. The first team to finish the puzzle is the winner! Prizes can be made out of Valentine’s Day stickers, pencils, and other items.
9. Books about Valentine’s Day
I stated before that I used some Valentine’s Day books for reader’s theater. Those novels can, of course, be used for read-alouds. Every year, I do a week-long unit on Eileen Spinelli’s Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, which is my particular favorite. This is an incredible story of a lonely man who receives a Valentine from a secret admirer. Despite an unfortunate mistake, this story ends up being a very beautiful narrative that shows how a simple act of kindness can make a huge impact in someone’s life.
10. L-O-V-E is the tenth letter in the alphabet
Finally, and most crucially, instill in them the value of love. Of course, you say “love,” and your students exclaim, “EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW This day, on the other hand, is ideal for teaching children the value of loving and caring for their fellow man. Let pupils know that love isn’t always “EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW