With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I wanted to share a few activities to help keep your little ones engaged and your party well-managed. Typically, our classroom Valentine’s Day party includes five/six stations set up with various Valentine’s Day games, activities and crafts. Despite this year looking a little different, we can still complete many of these same activities from a safe distance as a whole group, while sharing the love, of course!
No Contact Classroom Valentine’s Day Party Games
Amp up the learning with a few Valentine’s Day literacy and math activities. Bingo is a great way to review letters, sounds, numbers, math facts, CVC words, rhyming, as well as sight words, during your classroom Valentine’s Day party. For maximum engagement, toss in some festive bingo markers!
During math time, the students can use candy hearts as manipulatives for counting, graphing and measuring. They will roll a die and count that many pieces of candy.
For a more challenging version, they can roll a plus/minus die and add or remove that many candies.
This “Heart Stack” challenge is always a hit! The kiddos can stack and graph how many hearts tall they can make a tower. To make stacking the hearts a bit more challenging, have the students use one hand.
To practice estimation, as well as area, you can have the students estimate how many candy hearts will fit inside different sized hearts when they complete the “You Fill My Heart with Love” challenge.
The key to a successful classroom party is keeping the little ones moving. This “Lovely Charades” game is a great heart healthy activity to include at your classroom Valentine’s Day party. The students will choose a card and act out that motion. As a brain break, have the entire class complete that motion once they have correctly guessed the animal.
Valentine’s Day Crafts
I always make time for a craft or two during our classroom Valentine’s Day party. Crafts serve so many important purposes. They help build fine motor control, scissor skills, visual-spatial relationships, creativity, as well as the ability to listen to and follow directions.
This love monster glyph is a fun way to get to know your students a little bit more during Valentine’s Day.
One of my favorite Valentine’s Day crafts are these mosaic hearts made from cut up foam pieces. Add a magnet strip to the back, so that the kiddos’ loved ones can hang it on the refrigerator.
An easy addition to your classroom Valentine’s Day party are directed drawings. Your students could draw a love monster or love bug. When they are finished, they can color or paint their creation.
Valentine’s Day Science Experiments
Poppin’ Love Potion Punch is my all time favorite Valentine’s Day science experiment. It erupts when you add the magic ingredients! Plus, it’s super yummy!
Love is in the air with this Cupid science experiment. Blow up a white balloon and pinch the end closed with a binder clip. Attach some wings and draw a Cupid face on the balloon. Secure a straw to the back of the balloon using tape. Thread a good 15 feet of string through the straw. Tie the ends of the string to two chairs. Slide the chairs apart so the string is taut. Remove the binder clip, and watch Cupid fly through the air!
Valentine’s Day Play Dough Kits
Let your little one’s creativity run wild, as they strengthen their fine motor skills using these Valentine’s Day play dough mats. To encourage open-ended, sensory play, fill the individual play dough kits with various loose parts, including pipe cleaners, pom poms, pony beads, paper straws, buttons, foam hearts and googly eyes. Your kiddos can build a love monster, decorate a heart cookie and make a love bug while using the supplies in the kit. At the end of the day, they can take their baggies home… a little Valentine’s Day gift from you!
Valentine’s Day Dance Party
Who doesn’t love a good dance party?! Here are just a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day songs for kids:
- Valentine’s Day Song by Jack Hartmann
- Valentine’s Day Heart Song by The Kiboomers
- Baby Shark Valentine’s Day by Pinkfong
- If You’re a Kid (Valentine’s Day Remix) by Harry Kindergarten Music
- Boom Chicka Boom Valentine’s Day by The Learning Station
Valentine’s Day Read Alouds
I always like to read a Valentine’s Day read aloud during our morning meeting, as well as a few throughout the day. Here is a look at a few of my favorites:
Classroom Valentine’s Day Party Movie Ideas
At the end of our classroom Valentine’s Day party, I have my students watch a short movie. This gives me a chance to clean up and pack away all of the party supplies and games for next year.
- Madly Madagascar
- Winnie the Pooh, A Valentine for You
- Pete the Cat: A Very Groovy Valentine (available on Prime Video)
- If You Give a Mouse a Valentine’s Cookie
- One Zillion Valentines
Valentine’s Day Snack
During our Valentine’s Day classroom party, the students will make a heart-shaped mouse cookie. While we are watching the movie, we’ll eat our cookies and other Valentine’s Day snacks.
Since you and your class “go together like milk and cookies,” milk and cookies are a fun way to end your Valentine’s Day party. Grab the free tag here!
Please remember to check for student food allergies and/or health concerns.
More Classroom Valentine’s Day Party Ideas
Even with social distancing, hopefully, these no contact classroom Valentine’s Day party ideas help make your Valentine’s Day party extra lovely!
Your students might also enjoy these no prep digital Valentine’s Day party activities.
Don’t forget to check out the Poppin’ Love Potion Punch drink recipe that fizzes and bubbles like a real potion!
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