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Best 25 Valentine’s Day Games and Activities

Valentine’s Day is a great occasion to celebrate in the classroom because it encourages kindness and collaboration. Make a curriculum out of these ideas that focuses on the underlying concepts of kindness and love for all. You’ll be well on your way to creating the most unforgettable month of kindness ever by combining these simple, inexpensive Valentine’s Day games and activities.

Valentine’s Day Activities for Elementary School

  1. Make a Slime for Valentine’s Day – Make red slime with amusing add-ins to commemorate the occasion! Slime is a popular hit in science classes in elementary schools, so this is a great fit.
  2. Use Heart Estimation Jars – Estimating is a fun activity for elementary school students. Fill a jar with Sweetheart sweets and ask children to estimate how many there are. Create a series of jars with varied amounts of various Valentine’s Day-inspired candy for more estimate fun. Students can record their estimates on a paper chart, and the student who gets the most correct (or closest) wins a prize!
  3. Make Heart Marshmallow Toothpick Structures – This simple marshmallow and toothpick STEM exercise is popular in many elementary schools. To make it into a fun Valentine’s Day learning activity, paint it pink and use heart-shaped marshmallows.
    Beaded Hearts – Students can make heart-shaped beaded crafts using simple materials like pipe cleaners and beads. Form a heart with the pipe cleaner and continue to add beads until you’re satisfied. Then, to keep the beads from falling off, twist the ends together.
  4. Create a Play-doh Valentine’s Day Table – To personalise it even further, mix huge batches of Play-doh in colors like pink, red, and purple, and add some glitter and other add-ins. Then, to make a Play-doh rotating table that all kids will enjoy, set out shaped cookie cutters like as angels, hearts, stars, and more.
  5. Make Heart Pockets – You may recall these from your own childhood classroom. To make a pocket, cut the same size heart out of two sheets of paper, punch holes along the bottom V of the heart, and thread yarn through. Then go ahead and embellish!
  6. Add Things I Heart – Have children draw pictures of the things they heart (love) in their lives using the heart-shaped pocket they made. On the other side, older kids can write the associating terms. People, dogs, sports, food, things, and other things that make the learner feel joyful and appreciated are examples. Insert these images into the heart.
    Make a Heart Collage – Make a heart collage with small pieces of crepe paper in pinks and reds. To make this lovely art work that can be hung on the wall, all you’ll need is construction paper, glue, and colored paper.
  7. Sensory Bottles for Valentine’s Day – Sensory bottles are fantastic for teaching emotional management. Start conserving and drinking water bottles with the proper form for sensory bottles about a month before Valentine’s Day. Then, on the day of the event, select an easy sensory bottle recipe, such as Teaching Mama’s Valentine’s Day Sensory Bottle post, and make them in class.
  8. Find or make a printable with simple acts of kindness that children of all ages may incorporate into their daily lives, such as the free one available on I Spy Fabulous. Encourage children to keep a journal of their acts of kindness over a period of time, such as the days leading up to Valentine’s Day or the entire month. Make it a competition with other classes to determine whose class can be the most helpful!
  9. Action Hearts is a fun game to play. Enjoy this free Action Hearts game by printing it out! Students take turns turning over hearts and doing primary school-friendly activities in this simple game. Alternatively, you can make your own version to meet your pupils’ needs.
  10. Make a Heart Tree – Draw a tree stump and barren branches on a classroom wall. After that, each pupil should decorate a giant heart made out of construction paper. Allow them to personalize the heart anyway they want. It might be a reflection of them, their interests, or their favorite things, or it could just be artistic and lovely. Then, using the hearts as the tree’s leaves, demonstrate how each person contributes their own unique beauty to the tree of life.
  11. Make-Your-Own-Valentine’s-Day-Cards – Although not all children have access to purchasing or crafting their own valentines at home, it is a day that should be celebrated by all. As a result, inform parents that issue will be handled in the classroom. Set up four or five stations in the classroom using some simple, free layouts. Each student gets to choose which type of valentine they want to make. Allow children to make their valentines during class time. You can either have each student choose four or more other students to craft for (ensuring that all kids are equally chosen) or give them enough time to prepare a large enough batch for the entire class.

High School and Middle School Ideas for Valentine’s Day

  1. Have a Valentine’s Day Door Decorating Contest – This will require school-wide or at least department-wide agreement, but gather your best art supplies and have students design a door in honor of Valentine’s Day. Decide how far ahead of time you’ll decorate, but do so at least a week before the holiday so you may participate in some of the other activities on this list.
  2. Design a Love Campaign – Have students make a campaign encouraging people to be kind to one another and to exhibit love to one another. Their campaign should have a slogan or catchphrase, a brand picture or emblem, and a short, entertaining commercial-length presentation. Working in groups is extremely beneficial for projects like these, and on Valentine’s Day, you may add a presentation component. Consider videotaping the most successful campaigns in each class and showcasing them at school-wide assemblies to promote kindness throughout the school. To establish classroom trust, always ask permission from students before featuring them.
  3. Play-Do Story Creation – If you believe your middle school pupils aren’t interested in playing with Play-Doh, think again. Break down a simple story they’re learning into scenes to bring it up to their level. Then, on Valentine’s Day, divide them into four groups and have them each reenact a scenario from the story using Play-doh. Make sure the groups are in the same sequence as the scenes in the story. Give them a set amount of time to finish their scenes. After each group has completed their work, students should go through the gallery of scenes to watch the entire story come to life in Play-doh.
  4. Perform a Poetry Reading – Valentine’s Day is an excellent time to bring poetry to life. Teach a poetry unit in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, covering some of the greatest poets of all time, as well as some works from heartbroken poets. Then, speak about how slam poetry has grown in popularity, and have students write their own slam poems. Students that are brave enough can recite their slam poetry in front of the entire class!
  5. Play a Game of Kindness – BINGO Print or make your own BINGO cards with ideas for how they might offer kindness to others. This is a terrific way to combine anti-bullying initiatives at your school and then play a fun game of bingo afterwards. Enjoy playing with lover sweets or another festive Valentine’s Day gift (plastic gems or pink and red puffs work nicely for non-candy schools).
  6. Create a Kindness Challenge – Create a school-wide kindness challenge to give students an extra motivation to be kind to one another. To make this work, each instructor should choose a different classroom at random and keep it a secret. The teacher then collaborates with their students to devise a series of kind deeds that they will perform in order to encourage and be kind to the classroom they have chosen. This may go on for the full week of Valentine’s Day. The classrooms should try to guess which class got theirs by the end of the week, and hopefully it will be evident!
  7. Adopt a Hallway Challenge – Divide the school into a series of corridors and regions proportional to the number of classrooms. Allow each first-period class to pick one area of the school to offer some love for the duration of the challenge. Decorations with good messages, picking up trash in that area, offering to aid students in need, cleaning the hallway, and any other ideas your school comes up with for taking care of it are all examples of suggestions. You’ll boost student ownership of their campus and their sense of belonging.
  8. Make a Kindness Mural – Select a large, blank wall in the school for a kindness mural that art classes can collaborate on. This can be a large-scale painting, a collection of smaller efforts presented together, or even a painting on a blank wall. This is especially effective in schools with a significant number of graffiti artists, as it indicates you have a huge group of artistic pupils who might easily create something beautiful and inspiring that the school will enjoy for years.
  9. Design a Kind Classroom Wall – Create a classroom wall dedicated to their kindness creations, similar to the classroom mural but contained within your classroom. Give each kid a sheet of paper in the shape of a huge heart and let them decorate it anyway they choose, keeping the idea of kindness in mind. They can write lyrics, draw, paint, collage photographs from magazines, and so on. You’ll get a glimpse of who each pupil is by allowing them to represent themselves in the art. Allow them to produce during class and then exhibit their work as a large wall of art.
  10. Shakespeare’s plays are full of unrequited love, hilarious love mix-ups, and long-lasting love, among other things. Because students are hopeless romantics who respond to these topics, these plays are read in middle and high school English classes (and theatre classes perform them). Take advantage of this by beginning work on your Shakespeare play over the weeks running up to Valentine’s Day. Have students re-enact classic scenes from Shakespeare’s play on love on Valentine’s Day. Bonus points if they have costumes, which will stoke the fires of their artistic endeavors and make them fall into character much more readily.
  11. Creative Writing for Valentine’s Day – Older pupils adore writing about love! Allow students time to produce poems on the subject after finding some free love-related ideas online. Create a fun creative writing assignment, such as placing three Valentine’s Day-themed trinkets on a table and instructing students to weave all of the items into their tale with the subject of love, heartbreak, and kindness.
  12. Study the Real St. Valentine – Take a fresh approach to Valentine’s Day by learning more about the holiday’s history and who St. Valentine was. The macabre origins of the day, as well as the horrific facts of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, will appeal to some pupils. This could be especially useful for groups that are easily sidetracked by romantic relationship dynamics and don’t need that fuel in the classroom.

These 23 ideas should provide you with plenty of motivation to fill the month with engaging and original lessons that will encourage learning and community among your pupils. To fully extend the scope of the lessons and urge pupils to be nice, try some of the department or school-wide ideas.

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