Valentine’s Day is one of the most exciting holidays for young students. Why? The crafts and candy, of course!
An annual valentine card exchange is always a blast—and can be a good way for students to practice writing—but students (and teachers!) like variety too. If you’re looking to shake up your classroom this Valentine’s Day, we’ve provided seven ideas for classroom activities.
1. Write notes of kindness.
Valentine’s Day is about love and being kind to one another. Put all your students’ names in a jar and have each person pick one. Ask everyone to write a few words saying what they like about that person and exchange notes. Then you can display the notes in your classroom! You can even turn this into a larger activity where young students practice writing in complete sentences or older students practice structuring paragraphs.
2. Have a door-decorating contest.
Invite teachers and students to decorate their classroom doors. After the decorating, students can observe their peers’ creations and choose a winner based on both content and aesthetics. Kids will love the opportunity to be creative and express themselves. For example, you can have students write what they love about learning or love about their classmates on paper hearts.
3. Read some Valentine’s Day books.
Reading a Valentine’s Day picture book may seem simple, but this is the perfect holiday to celebrate a love of reading. A few of our favorite books for Valentine’s Day include:
- Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George! by N. Di Angelo
- Mouse and Mole: Secret Valentine by Wong Herbert Yee
- I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg and illustrated by Jacqueline Chwast
- The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting and Jan Brett
- Ollie's Valentine by Olivier Dunrea
- We Go Together!: A Curious Selection of Affectionate Verse by Calef Brown