Need some Valentine’s Day activities for your kindergarten or first grade classroom? Look no further! From Valentines Day books to crafts, you will find 5 heartwarming activities that your students will love.
Valentine’s Day brings some much needed glitter and love into the otherwise dreary winter days of February! Adding a Valentines theme into your day-to-day routine can be extremely engaging for your students. Here 5 math and literacy activities that will fit seamlessly into your month.
READ Valentine’s Day Books
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to read books about love, kindness, friendship, family, and of course… hearts, cupids and valentines. Read alouds provide students with opportunities to develop vocabulary, background knowledge and new perspectives that can make the holiday more meaningful! Here are few of my favorites.
How We Say I Love You by Nicole Chen. This book follows Hana and her family as they express their love for each other through food, encouragement, stories and more. A lovely story about family and the different ways we can show love.
Slug in Love by Rachel Bright & Nadia Shireen. This rhyming story about Doug the slug looking for love, is a fun and endearing read aloud! Filled with words like squelchy, grimy, & slippy, colorful illustrations and an encouraging message about belonging, this picture book is sure to be a class favorite.
Love Matters Most by Mig Kelly. In this book, a mother polar bear sees many wondrous sights (berries, northern lights, salmon leaping) as she searches the frozen winter landscape. But nothing is as precious as her own bear cub who is lost in the night. As someone who lived in northern Canada for most of my life (& has a polar bear in her logo) I couldn’t resist this sweet story & loved the illustrations!
Porcupine Cupid by Jason June. A fun read aloud for Valentine’s Day about a porcupine who decides he is going to play cupid. When it seems his plan is about to backfire.. he is able to turn things around and spark new friendships and maybe even love. A story of intentions gone wrong, problem solving and friendship.
Little Owl’s Love by Divya Srinivasan Little Owl notices all the things he loves in his nighttime world and how they are even better with a friend. This book is part of a series about Little Owl and has themes of friendship and the natural world.
WRITE the Room
Write the Room is an active and highly engaging way to introduce all those Valentine’s Day words. This set has 12 illustrated word cards (per holiday) that you can hang up around your classroom… on the door, window, file cabinet, whiteboard, anywhere you would like! Students grab a clip board and recording page, then start searching and writing. This set has 4 different recording pages to choose from. Great for differentiation! Add the word cards to your writing center afterwards for sentence or story writing.
DO a Puzzle
Valentine’s Day number puzzles make a fun, hands-on math center. Your students will love putting the numbers in order to reveal the pictures. The numbers are editable so you can change them out to fit your math objectives or for differentiation. It takes a steady hand to line up all those strips and your students will get some fine motor practice alongside their math. TIP: No time to prep! Use the black & white version. Students cut and paste to order the puzzles… and then finish up with some coloring!
MAKE A Craft
Holidays are the perfect time to make crafts. There are so many good reasons for using crafts in your classroom… fine motor skills, following directions, creativity and plus they are engaging and fun! This craft has that and more! These cute valentine’s day cookies also include math skills. Shapes and Counting!
READ a Poem
Add the familiar rhyme, Roses are Red to your pocket chart this Valentine’s Day. There are a variety of follow up activities to choose from. Your students can even write their own poem. They look great displayed in the classroom!
I hope you found some Valentine’s Activities for your Kindergarten or First Grade classroom!