Being a teacher in an elementary school brings back so many memories from childhood, and really there is no escaping Valentine’s Day at an elementary school. I mean really, what’s not to love about Valentine’s Day at an elementary school? From handing out Valentine’s Day cards, classroom parties, and classroom activities for Valentine’s Day there is always something going on.
That’s why I wanted to give early childhood elementary school teachers some classroom activities for valentine’s day. You can easily use these activities in literacy centers, math centers, as independent practice, incorporate them into a sensory bin, or put magnets on them to create more activities!
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Activities for Valentine’s Day in School
Teachers love a good theme and who doesn’t love teaching all things friendship, being kind, and friendly towards others? Plus along with Valentine’s Day comes hearts, teddy bears, rainbows, pink, red & white!
What are some of your favorite activities for Valentine’s Day in school? Let me know in the comments below.
Math Activities for Valentine’s Day
1. Conversation Heart Math
My favorite math activity on Valentine’s Day is conversation heart math! Students will simply use a box of conversation hearts and sort them by color. Then they can count how many they have of each color.
Next, students will graph how many conversation hearts they have of each color. They can make addition problems using different colors of conversation hearts. I also love having them compare them using is greater than, is less than, or is equal to.
2. Ten-Frame Heart Math
Another great way to practice math with Valentine’s Day is using the 10-frames and number cards that are shown below.
3. Number Cards
Children can use these number cards from 1-20 in a variety of ways. Some of the ways include; putting them in number order, finding them in a sensory bin, or counting manipliatives to match the numbers on the card. Students can also draw to cards and identify which number is larger.
Using the number cards you can have students draw a card and then put the manipulatives onto the 10-frames to match the number given on the card they picked.
4. Sensory Bin
I even like putting the cards in a sensory bin with other manipulatives. When students find the cards they can put them in number order forcing them to think about number sense. If they first find a card with the number 5 on it and then later find a card with the number 9 on it they then have to determine how to get the cards in number order.
Literacy Activities for Valentine’s Day
5. Valentine’s Day Read Alouds
Plus a Valentine’s Day book list for babies and toddlers.
6. Identify Story Elements
7. Handwriting Hearts
Some other great activities to do for literacy include using these handwriting hearts! They are perfect for printing off, laminating, cutting into squares, and then putting on a keyring. Your students will be able to flip through the cards and practice writing all of the letters of the alphabet. They’ll be able to practice upper and lowercase letters with the pack.
8. Alphabet Heart Puzzles
I love using these cute heart puzzles for students to practice matching upper and lowercase letters. They are perfect for Valentine’s Day practice with the alphabet.
Preschool Activities for Valentine’s Day Cut and Paste Worksheets
9. Cut & Paste Worksheets for Letters
Are you looking for easy printable cut-and-paste worksheets for Valentine’s Day? This resource has 6 of them in total. Children will be practicing matching upper and lowercase letters.
10. Cut & Paste Worksheets for Numbers
They will also be working on number order, counting in a 10-frame, and one to one counting objects. Children will also be working on identifying numbers after they have counted the objects up to 10.
Preschool Activities for Valentine’s Day Coloring Pages
11. Color By … Coloring Pages
I have been sure to add some fun color by number and color by letter worksheets in my classroom activities for valentine’s day. What a fun way for students to practice their letters and numbers than by coloring.
A bonus is that they’ll get exposure to color words. I also made sure to pair the beginning sounds with their colors on the color by letter form.
I can’t wait to see what fun activities for Valentine’s Day you come up with! Please be sure to leave me a comment below letting me know what activity you’ll be trying first!