Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and I must say it is one of my favorite holidays! I love being able to spread love and I think it is important for our students to learn about kindness. When I was teaching I always wanted to make the day special for my students. I always had at least one activity for each subject area that tied into the holiday. Today I want to share with you some of my favorite activities that I think your students will love!
Valentine's Day Read Aloud
One of my favorite read-aloud for Valentine's Day is, “A Crankenstein Valentine” by Samantha Berger. The story is about a boy who looks ordinary. However, he transforms into a grumbling Crankenstein on the most “lovey-dovey, yuckiest day of the year”. My students would laugh non-stop when we would read this story. It was definitely a classroom favorite. After we read the book we would talk about how the character had a change of heart. It's a great story to use when talking about having a good attitude. There is also a craft you can complete that goes along with the book. If you are interested in other craft ideas I would definitely recommend Shape Friend Love Bug. It is a great interactive project that you can display on windows or in the hallway to brighten up your class!
Valentine's Day Math Activity
For this activity, I would buy individual boxes of candy hearts. Each student would sort their candy hearts based on their color. I would then ask my students to count how many candy hearts were in each color category. Lastly, we would use a bar graph to show a visual representation. This is a great activity to do during math time as it ties into measurement and data. After we were finished graphing I would let the class enjoy a few of their candy hearts. I would then place the leftovers in a ziplock bag for my students to take home!
Literacy Center Ideas
I always enjoyed basing my literacy centers around the holidays. Valentine's Day Literacy Center Activities has 20 activities your students will absolutely love! From spelling activities to rhyming games to comprehension. All of your literacy standards will be covered. Not only is this a great resource for centers it can also be used if you have a substitute or it can be used as homework. As an added bonus it requires very minimal prep!
Valentine's Day Mailbox
In the past, I would buy white paper bags and I would have my students decorate the bags to hold all of their valentines. However, over the years I realized I could incorporate a fun STEAM project that would in turn create a Valentine's Mailbox. My students always had so much fun decorating and the boxes turned out so cute! The project is also a great way to have families join in on the fun as well!
Valentine Activities for Hybrid or Virtual Learning
Due to the times that we are in, I know that celebrating Valentine's Day can look a little different this year. Pandemic Valentine's Day Ideas provides fun activities that can be done whether your students are learning in person, virtually, or hybrid!
I hope these activities will be a favorite in your class! Please comment below if you try out any of the activities. Also, if you have any other Valentine's Day suggestions I would love to hear what you do with your students! I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day!