Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love and friendship, and it’s also the perfect opportunity to help children develop their social and emotional skills. Teaching children the importance of sharing their feelings and being kind to others at a young age will have a positive impact on their social and emotional health as they grow up. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we’ve got some sweet Valentine’s Day ideas you can utilize in your classroom:

1. Make Sure Everyone’s Hearts Are Full

Have your students work on being kind to others by doing a kindness activity (writing something nice about each other, making Valentine’s Day cards for the elderly, etc.), and then have them do this fun Stuffed Hearts art activity as a visual example of how kind words can impact someone’s heart and mind.

Materials:

  • Pencil
  • Red construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Paper towels
  • Glue
  • Red sparkles
  • Hole punch
  • String

What to Do:

  1. Give each child two pieces of red construction paper. Show them how to put the pieces of paper together and fold in half.
  2. Help the children draw half a heart shape on the folded paper.
  3. Have the children cut out the heart shapes (there will be two identical shapes).
  4. Help them place their two heart shapes together and staple the hearts together around the edges, leaving a 1” opening (to stuff).
  5. Let the children stuff the hearts with paper towels until it is full, and then staple the hearts closed.
  6. Encourage the children to drizzle glue on their hearts and sprinkle with red sparkles. Let dry.
  7. Punch a hole at the top of the hearts. Place a string through each hole and tie. Hang them up from the ceiling or on a wall.
  8. Let children give these hearts to their loved one for Valentine’s Day, or place them in your classroom for a heart-filled room.

Source: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities

2. Learn a Valentine’s Day Song

Help young children learn the words and gestures of the “Flowers Are Sweet” song, so they can sing it to their chosen valentine.

What to Do:

Sing the following song, using corresponding gestures when appropriate.

Flowers are sweet (nod “yes”)
That is true. (nod “yes”)
But for my Valentine
I’ll choose you! (point to a person)

Source: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities

3. Enjoy Something Sweet (and Healthy)

Instead of snacking on candy in the classroom, bring in some sweet fruit for children to enjoy. You can even make Cupid Kabobs, Heart-Shaped Fruit Salad, or lay everything out in a heart-shaped design.

Sources:
http://www.bonbonbreak.com/cupid-kabobs/#_a5y_p=1261321
http://littlewondersdays.blogspot.com/2012/01/heart-healthy-heart-shaped-fruit-salad_23.html

4. Give Students Cute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day gifts usually come in the form of candy, but there are plenty of non-candy Valentine’s Day gifts you can give your students. Here are a few cute examples we found on Pinterest:

Sources:
http://www.craftymorning.com/non-candy-valentines-day-treat-cuties/
http://lessordinarydesigns.blogspot.com/2012/02/free-printable-have-ball.html
http://thebluerobincottage.blogspot.com/2013/02/will-zoo-be-mine.html

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