Every little holiday is a big deal for children and that includes Valentine’s Day! Elementary aged kids love to celebrate anything, and I have some fun (and easy!) ideas to help you make Valentine’s Day extra fun for your students this year. Here are some of my favorite Valentines class party ideas for your elementary classroom.
Have a Valentine Card Exchange
Everyone loves the tried-and-true Valentine card exchange! I always have students make some fun bags/boxes to collect their cards in, in class the day before as well. We’ve made unicorns, love monsters, robots and more! The ideas are endless and you can find most templates already made for you.
Teacher tip: Always buy an extra box or two of Valentines for students who may not bring any in, so they can also hand some out to their classmates. If you don’t use them, no worry, save them in a cabinet for the next year. It’s an inexpensive way to make sure everyone is included.
Add in Fun Valentine-themed Worksheets
If you’re looking for something to sprinkle the love all February long my Valentines Print and Go resource is perfect! Your students will practice standards-based activities with a fun Valentines theme! Math, reading and writing activities that are great for morning work, sub plans, early finishers, concept review and more. Find this unit here. I think you’ll love it!
Make Friendship Bracelets
Friendship bracelets have become very popular (thanks T. Swift!) so I think this idea would be super popular with tween aged students. Grab some string, letter beads, colored heart beads and any other beads (I get mine on Amazon) and let the students make a few to hand out on valentines day with a friendship note. I would set this up as morning work the week of Valentines and you won’t lose any teaching time!
Play Valentines Day Games
If you are looking for a station idea for a party planning some simple Valentines games get them moving and working off that sugar! 😉 Hiding some hearts around the room and sending students on a heart hunt is so easy and can be prepped the morning of. Pin the Heart on Cupid and Cupid Says (like Simon Says) are also some easy to prep ideas. You can always order a Valentines themed bingo game as well!
Host a Valentine’s Theme Day
I LOVE a good theme day and my Cupid Day is adorable! It includes Valentine’s Day activities for an entire day of engaging lessons that are all planned out for you! Over 100 pages of engaging and FUN Valentine’s themed activities for reading, writing, grammar, social studies, science, and math. If you want to break it up, the activities can also be used throughout the month. This one is perfect for 3rd or 4thgrade. Check it out in my TPT store here!
Start a Kindness Challenge
I have done a kindness challenge at Christmas time and it was so much fun for the kids. I think implementing one during the week(s) leading up to Valentine’s Day would be a great time as well. I had a banner and we would flip over a random act of kindness to focus on each day during our morning meeting time. Make it simple and use heart cut outs and write the “challenge” of the day on the back and hang up in the classroom with some pink or red ribbon.
Some ideas for the challenge are: give a friend a compliment, make thank you cards for the classroom custodian, say hi to someone new at recess etc. The possibilities are endless and you can tailor it to fit your student’s ages.
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day in your classroom? I’d love to hear about it! 😊