A Valentine’s Day theme can be filled with friendship and love activities. I’m here to share with you all of my favorite, go to Valentine’s Day themed activities I use with my preschool and pre-k students. And I have a Candy Heart Pattern game FREEBIE for you too!
Take the Valentine’s Day theme to the blocks center by adding a few new props and books. Post Valentine’s Day themed STEM posters on the wall to challenge students to build something new. Add pom poms, mini eraser hearts, buttons, and Valentine’s Day book and the blocks center is ready to go.
Put Valentine’s Day, friendship, and love themed books on the bookshelf. My all time favorite Valentine’s Day book is The Day it Rained Hearts!
Valentine’s Day vocabulary cards, paper, envelopes, and stickers always get my students excited about the writing center. Add different size hearts for students to cut out too. Making valentine’s for friends and family gives students an authentic reason to write and draw!
Valentine’s themed sight word practice is a must. My pre-k students pick a card, read it, build it with letter manipulatives, and write it with a dry erase marker.
My three year old students do the same activity using letters. They pick a letter card, identify the letter, build it by finding the letter manipulative, and write it at the bottom.
Beginning sounds with a Valentine’s Day twist. Students match the stamp (sound) with the corresponding envelope (letter).
Make a Valentine’s Day themed writing tray using salt and sprinkles. Students will want to write letters! It’s also a very calming activity. You can also write sight words, numbers, and shapes in the writing tray.
The trays are from a a lacing set I purchased from the Target Dollar Spot.
The sensory bin is filled with pink, white, and red rice. Add measuring cups, measuring spoons, heart eggs, and heart pans to create a Valentine’s Day bakery. When you add measuring cups, you are sneaking in measurement too!
Make a Love Monster play dough tray to strengthen those little fine motor muscles. I cut up beads and pipe cleaners for the tray. I found heart beads at the Dollar Tree. Students will be rolling, poking, and manipulating the play dough to create cute love monsters.
Make Valentine’s necklaces with cut straws and heart beads. Students (or teachers) cut the straws and lace items on the string to create their necklace. Lacing develops hand eye coordinator and strengthens pencil grasp.
I Love You to Pieces craft is a easy way to sneak in some cutting practice. Students cut paper strips to create their heart. Super simple and a treasure for parents will love!
When you think of Valentine’s Day, you think of candy hearts. So I made this candy heart pattern FREEBIE for you! There are paper hearts included too if you don’t like using food for games. Students practice extending and creating AB, ABC, AAB, and ABB patterns. Go grab the candy heart freebie HERE.
A box of chocolates is full of shapes. Students pick a shape card, identify it, and cover the matching shape in their box of chocolates. Valentine’s Day mini erasers are the perfect size to cover the shapes.
Valentine’s Cover Up is a fun counting game for my little learners. If you make a rule that the player has to have the exact amount to end the game, it gives students the opportunity to review about more and less.
Want to practice addition? No worries. Just play the game using two dice. Students roll the dice, add, and cover up the total.
We are always measuring with a variety of objects and tools. For this game, students measured how many hearts tall each object was. And yes each student could eat their candy at the end of the game.
Valentine Number Dot it is a way for students to practice identifying numbers. Try using stickers to cover up dot it games. Sometimes all you need is just a new twist on a game makes it super exciting (like stickers)!
To create Valentine collage paintings, students paint with red, purple, and pink. When the paint is still wet, students put tissue paper, ribbon, glitter, and/or lace hearts in the paint. Be sure to mix in some glue in the paint to make sure the collage materials stick.
I know you are thinking this is messy but art is messy. Don’t stress about the mess. Cover the table with table cloth to make clean up quick.
Heart cookie cutter art is another fun art activity (and less messy). Students make prints by stamping the cookie cutters in paint.
Change the dramatic play center into a Bakery for Valentine’s Day. Check out my Bakery HERE.
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