Valentine's Day is coming up soon, and that means your classroom will soon be filled with Valentine boxes, cards, candies, and all things red and pink. It's easy for kids to get distracted on any holiday when there's candy involved, but that doesn't mean that learning has to take a backseat! No, with these Valentine's Day activities for the classroom, your students will be active, engaged, and imaginative as you move through the holiday.
Whether you're looking for a fun craft to do as a class or a learning activity that's festive and suitable for the holiday, we've got you covered. You'll find activities to work on fine motor skills, counting, literacy, math, science, and more. But you'll also find some neat crafts that students will be proud to take home to their parents.
We hope that you enjoy this list of activities as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.
Valentine's Day Activities for the Classroom
Simple Valentine’s Day Slime Activity – This Valentine’s Day Slime is so much fun. Put the slime skills to good use with this Valentine's Day Slime recipe. Easy for classroom holiday parties.
Pom Pom Love Bugs Craft – If you have a kid that loves crafts, this is going to make your day. These Pom Pom Love Bugs are perfect for Valentine's Day classrooms.
Kindness Tree: Set up a kindness tree in your classroom at the beginning of February. Provide pre-cut hearts and markers near the tree so students can write nice things about their classmates to hang on the tree. (via Natural Beach Living)
Valentine's Love Bug Bookmarks: This bookmark craft will be fun for 1st grade and up. It's based on a simple origami corner bookmark design that's easy to demonstrate in front of the class. (via Red Ted Art)
First to 20 Valentine's Day Activity: This is a wonderful activity for your math centers. Children take turns rolling the cube, and the first to fill up 20 spaces wins. It's excellent counting practice for little ones! (via A Dab of Glue Will Do)
3D I Love You Handprint Card: If you've been practicing sign language with your students this year, this will be a fun craft to add to your Valentine's Day celebrations. The watercolor paintings are gorgeous, but if you need to save time, the students could trace their hands on a sheet of colored paper that contrasts with the background color. (via Pink Stripey Socks)
Valentine's Day Crystal Hearts Science Experiment: This fun chemistry experiment is a real crowd-pleaser! Create a borax-water solution to grow crystals on pipe cleaners that are shaped like hearts. This process takes place over several hours, so you can have the children make observations several times until the crystals stop growing. What a great activity for 2nd grade and up. (via Little Bins for Little Hands)
Valentine's Day Bird Craft: Paper plate crafts are frugal and fun. Embellish the birds with stickers, bingo markers, sequins, or paper cutouts. You can use colored paper plates instead of painting them if needed. (via The Inspiration Edit)
Scissor Practice Valentines: This is an excellent craft for preschool and kindergarten. Children can practice their scissor skills to cut the paper into strips. Those strips are then placed on the heart cutout to create a one-of-a-kind design. (via Twitchetts)
Handprint Love Bird Puppet: Turn little handprints into fun keepsakes for the parents. You can either use the printable messages or the blank heart for students to write their own messages. (via Kids Craft Room)
Valentine's Day Fine Motor Sorting: Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy this activity sorting pom-poms of various sizes into the compartments of an empty box of chocolates. The children can also practice counting as they sort the pom-poms into each box. (via Fantastic Fun and Learning)
Beaded Name Hearts: Let children create pipe cleaner hearts with their names spelled out using letter beads. This activity combines fine motor practice, math, and literacy. (via Fun-a-Day)
Valentine's Day I Spy Cards: Use a laminator to create multiple rings of these Valentine's Day I Spy Cards. Students can mark them using dry-erase markers, and they can be cleaned and reused year after year. (via Living Well Mom)
Paper Heart People: Use the template to create paper heart people in lots of different colors. Students will get lots of practice cutting heart shapes with this craft! (via The Craft Train)
Valentine's Day Word Search: This is a helpful quiet time activity, and the word list could double up as a spelling list for the week as well. (via Happiness is Homemade)
Valentine's Day Math Worksheets: Use these math worksheets to incorporate art and math. Students will solve math problems to color by number, fix broken hearts, etc. (via Kids Activities Blog)
Paint Your Own Heart Kit: If you're looking for a sweet gift to give to your students for Valentine's Day, this painted heart kit is a beautiful idea. The heart can be worn as a necklace or turned into an ornament. You can either let them complete the project in class or send them home with the supplies to make it there. (via Non-Toy Gifts)
Pin this list of classroom Valentine's Day activities so you can refer back to it year after year!