Love is in the air! Celebrating Valentine’s Day with my students is one of my favorite times of the school year. From making valentine bags, to heart themed centers and of course singing Jesus Loves Me, there are so many fun ways to enhance learning with a valentine theme. Plus as a little valentine surprise for my readers, TpT is having a huge sale this Tuesday 2/7 and Wednesday 2/8. Everything in the Kinderbirdies store is 20% plus an additional discount with the TpT code: LoveTpT entered at checkout! That will be a total of 28% off and if that’s not sweet, I’m not sure what is :0)
Here are a few ways I love to celebrate Valentine’s Day in my classroom (plus a FREEBIE down below)…
Valentine Sensory Table: Look at all those hearts in a sea of red and pink! My students absolutely love the open ended learning that the sensory table provides. I added some foam hearts with different types of numbers, plastic “x’s and o’s” for sorting, heart shaped measuring cups for scooping and a few other valentine surprises.
Making Valentine Bags: Instead of having my students bring decorated boxes from home, I like to decorate bags in class. I hit up the target dollar spot and pick up stickers, foam hearts, glitter glue, dollies, etc… Then let my kindies go to town decorating to their hearts content! This is a fun free art activity and gets the kiddos really excited to exchange valentines with their peers.
Valentine Review Packets: I love to take a few days and review a lot of the concepts that we have covered so far in Kindergarten during the month of February. It’s a nice refresher and a good assessment tool for me. Using various activities from my “Valentine’s Day” TpT product I create a Valentine Review Packet for my kindies to work through. They love to look back on how much they have learned so far this year and then take it home to share with their parents.
Listening to our Heartbeats: Why not learn about our “real hearts”! On Valentine’s Day I bring in a stethoscope and we talk about our amazing hearts. Kids get to listen to their heartbeats and then we do 20 jumping jacks to see how our heart speeds up or slows down depending on our activity level. The kids love this activity and it kicks off our Human Body Theme!
Valentine Clip Cards: It seems that the coolest thing in center time activities is clip cards these days. I love collecting beautiful and sparkly clothespins from target and my students love using them to complete their clip cards. I have just started making these products in my Kinderbirdies store but I plan on creating a lot more since my students loved my Valentine Clips Cards and Puzzles so much. Plus these centers are so easy to set up. Just print, laminate and cut… ready to go.
Jesus Loves Me: I love teaching at a christian school and being able to look at “Valentine’s Day” through a christian worldview. My students and I talk about Jesus being the best valentine gift of all! We make these “Jesus Loves Me” books (click on the pic to download the FREEBIE!) and watch this adorable video from Listener Kids.
I hope these valentine ideas can give you some inspiration in your own classrooms!
Happy Shopping and Happy Valentines Day!