Valentine's Day is can be fun in the classroom but without a solid plan, it can be chaotic. I like to plan my Valentine's activities to be fun and engaging and a little bit different than what we do on a regular day make the day enjoyable. We save any card or candy exchanging for the very last part of our day.
I have 3 tips for you to keep Valentine's Day in your classroom simple and FUN.
Looking back at my memories of Valentine’s Day in school, the Valentine Card exchange is all that I remember. As a teacher, I’ve seen firsthand how much kids love exchanging cards. I have also worried about the students who may not be able to purchase Valentine cards for the class. To relieve my own anxiety about any child feeling left out, I have students make cards for their classmates in class. The week before Valentine’s Day, I have students brainstorm Valentine cards and Valentine message ideas. I set up an assortment of colorful squares of paper (half or quarter-sized pieces), markers, crayons, scissors, and glue in my classroom for students to grab and use to make individual cards.
I love doing holiday-themed math activities in my classroom! Valentine’s Day is no exception. To celebrate, my students do Valentine-themed math stations. You can take any activity you need your students to practice in stations and just print it on pink paper and give them a small candy treat when they finish the station.
I love the opportunity to incorporate science and engineering into any topic and HOLIDAYS are always so fun to do!
For my primary students, I teach them how to fold paper and cut out a heart. I also show them how to fold the heart and cut to make paper heart outlines. We glue the hearts onto a big sheet of paper to make a colorful heart collage.
For my upper elementary students, we do a Valentine Zip Line STEM Challenge. The goal is to successfully send a Valentine card to the end of the zip line. I give each team index cards, a small paper cup, string, straws, scissors, and tape. My students go through the engineering design process to build a zip line. It’s challenging but fun and a great opportunity to collaborate and work on problem-solving skills.
(Want more details on how I incorporate STEM Challenges in my classroom? You find my tips here,