Valentine's Day Classroom Activities

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

Are you looking for fun activities to celebrate Valentine's Day with your class? These activities, including art, math, word play, and journal prompts, allow students to work both individually and in groups.

Celebrating Valentine's Day

Every student knows when it's Valentine's Day, and many of them will be excited about it. How can you acknowledge their excitement in a way that is more interesting and relevant than tiny cardboard valentines and excessive amounts of sugar? Here are some Valentine's Day activity ideas that can be tweaked to accommodate a variety of age groups.

Activity: Hearts Art

Objective: Utilize hearts in a variety of shapes and sizes to create a picture collage.

Materials: Paper hearts, scissors, glue, pencils. Optional: Additional materials to use for hearts (fabric, wallpaper scraps, foam, tissue paper)

  • Provide students with a variety of pre-cut hearts of different sizes, shapes, and colors. For older students, provide a variety of materials from which they can cut hearts. You may want to provide heart templates or stencils for tracing.
  • Students consider what pictures they can make with hearts. For example, they can make a rabbit with a small fat heart for a face, a larger heart for a body, and tall thin hearts for ears.

Activity: Conversation Hearts Calculations

Objective: Perform measurements and calculations using non-traditional units.

Materials: Conversation hearts, paper, pencil (if you'd rather not use candy hearts, you could cut paper hearts instead)

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