Valentine’s Day celebrations in the classroom should be enjoyable, but let’s face it: they can become complicated! If you get it wrong, the February holiday may be a social-emotional nightmare for kids who are left out of Valentine card exchanges, not to mention the challenge of avoiding the sugar surge.
How can you ensure that the holiday is inclusive while still preventing bullying? Here are some of our favorite kid-friendly Valentine’s Day activities that will make the day memorable for all students!
Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids
Decide on a mood
Valentine’s Day is often associated with romantic love, which has no place in a classroom. Instead, use Valentine’s Day to start a conversation about “loving” your neighbor, friendship, and general goodwill. This year, Random Acts of Kindness Day falls on February 17, giving you the opportunity to celebrate two holidays in one.
If your class is exchanging Valentines this year, make sure to prepare your class lists and explain that this is an opportunity for students to say something nice about a classmate, ensuring that not only does each child receive a card from their classmates, but that the cards are written with kindness in mind.
Word Scramble for Valentine’s Day
Who doesn’t enjoy a challenging word scramble? It’s even better when it comes with a set of riddles! This free word scramble task is ideal for those who finish quickly.
This is a fantastic approach for your pupils to practice both vocabulary and spelling at the same time! Why not have students choose one of the words and construct a fun acrostic poem to deepen their learning?
Alternatively, provide pupils with an acrostic poetry template based on the word “love” (Download your own acrostic template for free!).
Create a “Stained Glass” effect.
Make your Valentine’s Day classroom activities serve as classroom decor by displaying “stained glass” hearts on the classroom windows to bring a splash of color to the day.
To make stained glass hearts, follow these steps:
Create colorful confetti hearts using the front page of our I Love You to Pieces Card.
- Cut out the core of the heart from the card template.
- Stick a piece of clear contact paper on the backside of the heart so that the adhesive side is in the centre of the front side.
- Students cover the inside of the box with little pieces of tissue paper.
- For a lovely stained glass appearance, stick the confetti hearts to your window.
Learn Interesting Valentine’s Day Facts
Mr. Richard Cadbury was the first individual to produce chocolates expressly for Valentine’s Day, according to legend. Or that chocolate has been around since the Mayans and Aztecs?
Watch this knowledge-filled film and have your pupils make a day-by-day fact page! To highlight what they learnt about the holiday, use our ‘Facts About…’ Template or our 10 Fun Facts Template.
Heart Conversation Activities
Since 1866, conversation hearts have been a Valentine’s Day fixture, and while the inscriptions on these tasty delicacies have evolved over the previous century and a half, their popularity hasn’t. For the majority of us, Valentine’s Day would be incomplete without them. So why not bring these entertaining sweets into the classroom with paper conversation hearts for your pupils to enjoy?
Here are five simple activities to do using conversation hearts in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day that we think your children will enjoy!
1. Sorting by alphabetical order
Many of our children find it difficult to put words in alphabetical order, so why not have them practice with these entertaining treats? Print and cut out a set of our Conversation Hearts on cardstock. Then toss them into your reading center for a fun center activity!
2. Words That Rhyme
Understanding rhyming words is a crucial core language skill for youngsters. This game is a simple and enjoyable approach for your children to become more aware of and work with sounds within words.
Allow them to pick a conversation heart at random and write down as many rhyming words as they can for the word or phrase on it.
Conversation hearts are fun to play even if you can’t read. Use them to discover patterns with your Pre-K and Kindergarten pupils.
Allow your kids to use the colors to make different patterns with their conversation hearts, such as ABAB, AABAAB, or AABBAA. After they’ve completed their pattern, have them swap places with a buddy and try to continue it!
4. Composing Sentences
Do you have any students that are hesitant to write in class? This activity will undoubtedly encourage kids to write! Allow your kids to pick a conversation heart at random and create a humorous sentence using the word or phrase they selected. Indicate to your intermediate pupils whether they must compose a basic, compound, or complex sentence. Give them a die and tell them that odd numbers are compound sentences and even numbers are complicated phrases for an added layer of excitement. Then have them roll the hearts to see which type of statement they should write.
Is there only a few minutes remaining in class? Draw a conversation heart at random and have the entire class compose an elaborate sentence. Make a class competition out of keeping track of the word count for each of your sentences. In no time, your students will be wanting to play!
We also offer some excellent teaching materials that will assist you in explaining and reinforcing the various types of sentences to your pupils.
5. Color Sorting and Graphing
Do your preschoolers still need to learn their colors? Perhaps your primary pupils are learning how to graph. Then you’ll want to make a mental note of this exercise!
Sort a set of conversation hearts by color with your kids. Then, depending on their level of skill, ask them to make a tally chart and graph using their data. As an extension, ask your pupils to write a math word problem for a partner to solve for their graph. Make this assignment easier by using one of our graphing templates.
Math with your heart
Give your arithmetic lessons a Valentine’s Day spin!
With a heart template, you can practice subitizing, review multiplication facts, or cover addition facts for the holidays.
Alternatively, utilize our seasonal hundred charts to uncover a surprise image!
Gratitude Wall – Share the Love
Begin your Valentine’s Day with gratitude. Use the day to inspire your pupils to express their gratitude for their classmates by pouring their hearts out.
Why not invite your kids to consider something they’re grateful for that was done by another student?
“It was fantastic when Sarah assisted me with my reading last week!”
Use our Start Each Day With a Grateful Heart – Gratitude Quote Poster to have each kid write one item they’re grateful for on a heart from our Share the Love – Gratitude Love Heart template and put them on your wall.
Box of Compliments
Who doesn’t enjoy being praised? Even the cloudiest days can be brightened by an unexpected remark, and setting up a compliment box in the classroom for Valentine’s Day can replace card exchanges this year.
Why not use our Compliment Box Decorations and Compliment Cards to make a Compliments Box? Your pupils will enjoy the ability to make their peers smile with a kind word while remaining anonymous. When you read them at the end of the day, their faces will light up!
Create a Card
Without a card activity, a list of Valentine’s Day activities for elementary schoolers would be incomplete! Or how about three different card games?
Making Valentine cards is a breeze with these card templates! Colored paper and/or one of our printable templates are all you’ll need!
Our article The Best Valentine’s Day Craft Activities for Kids has more information on these Valentine’s Day activities. You could want to send a few home as a backup plan for parents who can’t afford to buy cards for the entire class.
Tell your librarian how much you appreciate them.
Have you heard about Library Lovers’ Day on February 14th? That’s correct! Make the most of the day by expressing your gratitude to your school librarian! Our passionate Valentine’s Day exercise, Why We Love the Library Heart Template, encourages students to talk about what they love about their school library. Add one of our customisable Display Banners to the mix.
Make a bag for Valentine’s Day.
Make a lovely Valentine’s Bag for your pupils to gather valentines from their friends this year. They’re simple to make and adorable to look at.
Our blog 13 Valentine’s Craft Ideas and Decorations for the Classroom has these bags and many more ideas.
Chain of Love-Hearts for You
It can be difficult to think about what we like about ourselves at times. One of the most important lessons a teacher can teach a child is the need of self-care and respect for oneself.
To make these lovely positive Love-Heart chains to display in the classroom, have your kids write down what they like about themselves and their abilities.
I used the Self Portrait Worksheet and the love hearts from our Why We Love The Library Heart Template’s second page!
Read a Wonderful Story
On Valentine’s Day, reading a lovely story to your students is the ideal afternoon activity. There are so many wonderful books about feelings, appreciation, and love available! I’ve selected a few of my personal favorites to share with you:
Anne Marie Pace’s Groundhug Day
Groundhog’s caring animal companions devise a plan to ensure he makes it to Moose’s Valentine’s Day party. With this title, you may celebrate two February holidays at once!
I Love You, Click, Clack, Moo! by Betsy Lewin and Doreen Cronin
Streamers, hearts, glitter, and a fun time for all are all part of Duck’s Valentine’s Day vision. It everything comes together thanks to an unexpected visitor.
By Carter Higgins, this is NOT a Valentine’s Day card.
Is a valentine still a valentine if it isn’t pink and flowery? Allow this ode to friendship to assist you and your pupils in making a decision.