Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday for themed lessons. There are so many educational elements to the holiday that creating preschool level lessons is easy as pie. Next to Christmas, Valentine’s Day projects and lessons are my student’s favorite part of the year.
Heart Reading & Sorting
Valentine’s boxed heart candies make the perfect easy spelling activity for children aged 4+. The simple messages printed on heart candies are great for learning early site words. Messages such as “Be Mine”, “I Love You”, and “Be my Valentine” are easy to remember and read for young children. For two days before Valentine’s Day our class spends time learning the common phrases that are written on most Valentine cards. This familiarizes the children with the words that are printed on the candies as well.
I give each table of children a box of heart candy and have them divide the candies into piles of matching messages. When they have sorted through the candy they then take turns reading the messages to the rest of the class. When we are finished we get to eat our lesson!
Hearts are the common shape associated with Valentine’s Day for love. But, you can show your class that the shape of a heart can be used to create a new creature. This is a great craft project for Valentine’s Day. Have several different sizes of hearts in assorted colors cut out for this activity. Make sure each child has a glue stick and enough hearts to create a new creature. Have a few examples of ideas they could make. Make a dog with hearts or even a fish so they can see the possibilities.
Hunt for Cupid
The hunt for cupid is a simple searching game that preschool aged children love. Before the children come in on Valentine’s Day place a trail of hearts or Cupid’s arrows leading throughout the classroom, hallways, and even the playground if weather permits. At the end of the search have your classroom decorated and set up for a holiday party.
You can add excitement to this search by making it into a scavenger search as well. Split the class into at least two groups and give each group a scavenger list. Have pictures of the objects in the order they need to be found. Make each list go in a different order so the groups aren’t following each other.
This is a simple game that allows for your classroom to be set up and also keeps excited children on the move before the big event. This game can be adjusted or changed to fit your age group.