Valentine’s Day is a holiday that is often connected with romantic love. But, as we all know, Valentine’s Day may also be used to honor other forms of love, such as friendship and family.
Why not use this Valentine’s Day to teach students about the importance of these kinds of relationships? You can utilize the day to teach self-love and self-esteem, as well as kindness and compassion for others, in addition to emphasizing thankfulness and appreciation.
These 12 Valentine’s Day activities are ideal for highlighting these vital skills in the classroom and adding a fun touch to any Math, Science, Art, or English session!
TEACH A LESSON ON ST. VALENTINE’S HISTORY
What better way to honor Valentine’s Day in the classroom than by teaching a lesson about it?
Teaching your kids the story of St. Valentine can help them understand the true meaning of Valentine’s Day while also incorporating some history!
The patron saint of loves is St. Valentine. He is thought to have been a Roman priest who got into controversy with Emperor Claudius Gothicus for assisting persecuted Christians in their marriages.
Picture cards, a book, or this free teacher-made PowerPoint presentation on Twinkl.co.uk might all be used to explain the story of St Valentine. After you’ve finished reviewing the narrative, students can try retelling it in their own words or with the help of word cards.
WRITE KINDNESS NOTES
Of course, Valentine’s Day is about love and being kind to one another. Writing notes of kindness is a terrific approach to teach pupils about the significance of caring about others and how the things we offer, rather than what we get, can provide the greatest reward.
Have your children write and decorate letters to someone they care about, expressing their admiration for them and why they’re grateful for them. It could be their parent, grandparents, sibling, best friend, or anyone else.
Alternatively, place all of your students’ names in a jar and have each class member choose one. Request that everyone write a few words on what they admire about that person and then swap notes.
MAKE A COLLAGE OF HEART IMAGES
Use a variety of various colored paper hearts that your children have decorated to create a delightful Valentine’s Day wall display. You may let them use pens, glitter, and other tools to decorate the hearts anyway they want, or write or draw pictures of things or people they care about.
You could even use this art project to build an inspiring self-love wall by encouraging children to write encouraging remarks and affirmations on the wall. Students will always have a source of inspiration handy in this manner.
GET A JAR OF CANDY HEART ESTIMATIONS
This time of year, who doesn’t like candy hearts? Put a huge bag of candy hearts in a jar and have students guess how many there are as a fun activity.
Have all of the kids’ guesses written down next to their names on a sheet of paper. The kid who has the closest guess wins the jar at the end of the week!
This game is perfect for practicing volume estimate and math.
READ AND WRITE POEMS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to study love poetry in an English class and learn about its language, rhythm, and meter. Compare and contrast early modern examples such as Shakespeare with more modern ones. Choose a few that use various rhyming structures and have a discussion with the students about which ones they like best and why.
The kids could then be challenged to create their own Valentine’s Day poetry, describing their favorite people, meals, hobbies, or pets. They can either copy the style of the samples you’ve seen or come up with their own. For smaller children, a basic format may be to begin each line with “I love…” and then list their favorite stuff.
MAKE SOME DELICIOUS HEART-SHAPED TREATS.
Baking some delicious sweet sweets for the students to take home and share with a loved one would be a great Food Technology lesson. There are a variety of simple recipes that even young children can participate in, and students can decorate them however they wish.
Baking helps to develop fine motor abilities as well as math skills while measuring and weighing ingredients.
Here are some great and simple recipes to try:
- Valentine’s Day biscuits to slice and bake – BBC Good Food
- Good To Know: Iced Heart Biscuits
- Netmums Heart-Shaped Jammy Biscuits (similar to homemade Jammy Dodgers!)
- Sneaky Veggie Shortbread Heart Biscuits
- Kind Earth Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Hearts
MAKE CARDS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
Of course, making handmade Valentine’s Day cards is a simple and enjoyable Valentine’s Day pastime! This will not only be a fun arts and crafts class, but it will also have an English component when it comes time for children to write their own sentiments on the cards. They can make cards for a member of their family or a classmate.
Begin by providing items such as colored paper and card, glue, scissors, glitter or glitter glues, pens, paint, and even textured materials. You can have the entire class make the same card, which will help them practice listening to directions like fold, cut, and glue. Allow children to be creative by allowing them to build their own card from scratch.
Allow your kids to look at some classic basic Valentine’s Day notes before using them or coming up with their own. This practice could be used with the Valentine’s Day poem-writing exercise discussed previously.
MAKE MARSHMALLOW STRUCTURES WITH YOUR HEART
This is a fun experiment that may be used in either a Math or a Science class. Allow your kids to construct their own tower structures using tooth picks and heart-shaped marshmallows.
You may give them specific challenges to solve with the equipment if they are learning about volumes and 3-dimensional shapes in Math. Otherwise, let them to their own devices! Compete to see who can construct the tallest or most fascinating construction.
The best part is that the students will enjoy eating the marshmallows at the end of the activity!
PERFORM KINDNESS ACTS
Promoting acts of kindness benefits the school community and demonstrates to pupils how they may contribute to others.
Perhaps you could create a ‘Good Deed Week,’ in which each child is required to speak about a good deed they have performed each day. You may also collaborate as a class to do something nice for someone else in the school community, such as parents, carers, or dinner ladies!
Allow the pupils to perform acts of kindness for one another as an alternative. Reward students who volunteer to assist others with their homework or who go out of their way to ensure that someone else is involved. You may give a gold star to the individual who demonstrated the most kindness at the conclusion of the week.
VALENTINE’S DAY BUBBLE BLOWING
For younger children, bubble blowing can be a fun hands-on scientific lesson that can easily be turned into a Valentine’s Day theme!
You’ll need the following items to make the bubbles:
- 1 cup concentrated liquid dish soap (a brand that makes strong bubbles)
3 quarts liquid
1/2 cup corn syrup (light)
Other items to consider:
- Tray with a heart shape (s)
- Biscuit cutters in the shape of hearts
- Spoons and cups for measuring
- Colored straws that can be reused
- Equipment for blowing straws
Make the bubble mixture first. You may enlist the assistance of some of the children, as this is an excellent opportunity for them to practice their measuring abilities.
After that, pour the batter onto the pans and top with the heart-shaped cutters. Allow pupils to practice blowing bubbles through the straws in pairs or as a class. Meanwhile, you can give some information about how bubbles are made, such as:
- The bubble’s thin wall or skin is made of soap.
- The bubble is created by trapping air inside this thin layer.
- When two bubbles collide, they become one and share a shared wall.
- When two bubbles of the same size collide, they merge to form a single entity.
- The bubble pops when the water evaporates.
Encourage the kids to try making different bubbles and observe what occurs each time. You could ask the following questions:
- “What happens if you blow into the straw forcefully and fast or softly and slowly?” “Are the bubbles different?” says the narrator.
- “Can you blow bubbles with the biscuit cutters?”
- “Can you blow bubbles within the biscuit cutters with the straw?”
- “Can you poke the bubble with your straw without it popping?” (To form a barrier, dip the straw into the solution first.)
- “Can you keep a bubble from popping?” (Hint: first make your hands soapy!)
- Make a competition among your pupils to see who can construct the tallest bubble tower! Provide straws and little cups of pre-made bubble solution.
MAKE SENSORY BOTTLES FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
Sensory bottles are a terrific item to put in any’relax’ nook or for students to make and take home. They are simple to build Valentine’s-themed with a few themed supplies and can generate plenty of discussion along the process.
You’ll need the following items to make Teaching Mama’s Valentine’s sensory bottle:
- Choice of transparent water bottle or flask
- Water \sOil
- food coloring (red)
- Beads or forms in the shape of a heart, as well as various pink/red beads (or let students choose the colours).
To make the sensory bottles, follow these steps:
- Fill the bottle or flask halfway with water and add food coloring until the desired color is achieved.
- Glitter, beads, and any other heart-shaped embellishments can be added.
- Pour the oil in gently so the beads and items move around and clump together (like a lava lamp!).
- Place the cap on the bottle, shake it up, and watch the contents float around!
MAKE A GRATITUDE DISPLAY ON THE WALL
Valentine’s Day is an excellent time to remind kids of the significance of thankfulness and to encourage them to consider what they are grateful for.
You can make a thankfulness wall with the cooperation of the entire class to remind students to take a moment to be grateful throughout the day. They can write or draw gratitude lists on paper hearts or cards, then decorate them with magazine cutouts and craft supplies. Cut out larger letters with a small group of students to make positive thankfulness phrases that can also be hung on the wall.
Give them a disposable camera and have them photograph everything they are grateful for, from their favorite foods to their favorite TV show or pair of shoes.