Each February children look forward to fun activities for Valentine’s Day. The chance to spend the day with their classmates trading cards and eating chocolate is always exciting. But for teachers, it’s also an educational opportunity. Spend your February filling your classroom with these fun valentines activities for kindergarten

1. Writing Valentine's Day cards

Every child’s favorite of the Valentine activities for kindergarten is getting a chance to make cards. It’s a great way to encourage kids to be creative while also getting lots of great practice writing. Students will want to make some cards for their friends, classmates, and parents. You can also encourage them to make cards for other people like the janitors, librarians, and cafeteria staff.

Encourage children to write on each card about what they love about the card’s recipient. Write some Valentine’s Day vocabulary words on the whiteboard or somewhere where the students can see and reference them while writing. This can help them incorporate some new words into their cards. Display words like “love,” “friendship,” “heart,” and “appreciate” to provide some challenging vocabulary for the class.

Once they have written their cards, they can decorate and embellish to their heart’s delight. Creative crafts like using glue, scissors, buttons, and ribbon will build fine motor skills. While they might not seem like writing practice, building fine motor skills is critical for writing. When they are done, help students secure their cards into envelopes and address them. Then you can deliver the class’s Valentine’s cards around the school as one of your fun activities for Valentine’s Day!

2. Valentine's Journal Writing Prompts

Journal writing is a classroom routine that is easy to turn into great Valentine’s activities for kids. Journal writing is fantastic writing practice and a great chance for children to express themselves. Leading up to Valentine’s Day, you can specify your journal writing prompts to be about the themes of Valentine’s.

A great Valentine’s journal writing prompt might include asking students to write about someone they love. You could ask children to write about how they show love, or what they appreciate about others in their life. You can talk about the different ways to show their appreciation and affection for friends and family.

 

To create a beautiful keepsake to send home to families, give each student a Valentine’s Journal. Leading up to Valentine’s Day, students can write each of their entries into it. With each entry, they can draw a picture illustrating their entry. They can also decorate the cover with Valentine’s picture, stickers, and writing. After Valentine’s Day, they can take it home for their parents to save. It will be a beautiful look into the things their child loves and thinks about their kindergarten life.

3. Candy Heart Sorting

This one is sure to be the favorite kindergarten Valentine’s Day activity of your class! Start by distributing boxes of Valentine’s Day candy hearts to each of the students. These classic, universally recognized candies come with sweet little sayings written on each of them. Popular sayings might include phrases like “Be Mine,” “I Love You,” or “You’re Too Sweet.”

Once each student has their candies in hand, they can unbox them and start sorting them into piles. You might pass out a paper that outlines where to sort their different piles, or you can offer them disposable bowls. You might even invite them to create special containers for them out of the discarded boxes the candies came in.

Students can then sort out the individual candies based on the phrases written on them. They will remove each candy, identify the phrase on it, and put it in its appropriate pile. Kids will love this activity for its fun candy theme. They can even eat some candy when they’re done! Identifying and sorting is not just great for their reading skills, but also for cognitive and critical thinking skills.

4. Valentine's Day Read Aloud

The best Valentines Day activities for building literacy is reading together as a classroom. Reading is the best way to improve reading comprehension, vocabulary, and verbal skills. There are lots of incredible books about Valentine’s Day that you can read together. You can use books specifically about the holiday, or ones related to its themes. Books about friendship, affection, appreciation, and card writing will all fit with Valentine’s curriculum.

After each book reading, discuss the book with the classroom. Ask them to recall events of the book and offer insight about the characters. Ask them to reflect on the events of the book and relate it to their own life. Books about Valentine’s Day might make children think about the ones in their own life that they love.

 

Extend the learning by taking words or concepts from the book and including them into the rest of your curriculum. Choose a few words to be vocabulary words or incorporate the story into math learning.

5. Letter Jewelry Making

Jewelry is a fun present for children to make for their friends and family for exciting Valentine’s activities. It’s also a great chance to introduce spelling and writing into your Valentine’s Day crafts! Kids can use this activity to make a special necklace or bracelet for a friend or family member. To start with, provide children with basic string and some colorful beads. Popular colors for Valentine’s Day are white, red, and pink, but there’s no rules!

Also offer children beads that feature small letters. Show them how you can use the letters to spell out different words on the jewelry. They might want to spell out the name of a friend, the sentence “I love you,” or some other special message. You can have some love-themed vocabulary words on the whiteboard during this time. Then children can reference those words and try to spell them on their jewelry.

Jewelry making is also a great activity for honing fine motor skills. The strength of fingers needed to carefully thread beads will also improve their writing utensil control. This will build their handwriting abilities and overall writing skills.

 

Kids can exchange the jewelry amongst themselves, include it as gifts with Valentine’s cards, or take it home. These beautiful pieces of jewelry make for one of many fun activities for Valentine’s day and soon your whole classroom will be wearing beautiful and thoughtful jewelry!

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