KINDERGARTEN VALENTINES IDEAS
February can be a crazy month for teachers with a bunch of holidays packed into such a short time. It can feel like a mad dash to the finish line. How about adding a fun activity to your kindergarten classroom? I have collected some fun kindergarten ideas you can use to celebrate in a fun way.
From Valentine’s Day crafts to fine motor skills practice with candy hearts. I’m sure you will find a few fun ideas to help you celebrate with your kindergarten students.
Valentine’s Day Book
I have another blog post, a list of favorite Valentine’s Day books.
I will focus on one Valentine read aloud book for this blog post. (affiliate links)
Gilbert is prepared to create Valentine’s cards for his classmates. However, he struggles to write a kind poem for the classmates who teased him. One of his classmates teased him about wearing glasses. Another classmate tweaked his nose., As a result, Gilbert writes two less friendly Valentine’s cards and signs different names on both of them.
Valentine’s Day Read Aloud Book
Roses are Pink is the interactive read aloud book for the week. As you know, we take one book and focus our reading comprehension strategies around a single text. In this way, students can think deeper about the text. In addition, students discuss the book with their reading partners, which helps strengthen their oral language skills.
Students listened to the story until we reached the point where Margaret and Lewis read Gilbert’s nasty poem and got angry. We then asked our kindergarten students to make predictions.
Problem and Solution
We visited the problem and solution for this book a few times.
In the first writing prompt, we looked at the problem Gilbert faced when we wanted to write something other than a nice poem.
We discussed if we thought Gilbert’s solution was a good one.
The following day we talked about how Gilbert solved the problem when the entire class was upset with him.
We asked students to make a connection to the nice thing Gilbert did for his class and how it made him feel.
Valentine’s Day Craft
Students made their own image holding a conversation heart.
These little DIY valentines are made with torn construction paper.
They were able to add their own message.
These little hearts would make great Valentine’s Day gifts for your kiddos to take home.
You can find all of these activities, including the heart craft shown above, in the following:
ROSES ARE PINK READ ALOUD VIDEO
I love adding a video version of the read aloud to our weekly activities. This offers another example of reading fluency. Story Time at Awnie’s House is one of my favorite YouTube channels for recorded books.
Candy Heart Experiment
This is one of those easy peasy science experiments for younger children. First, you need the simple materials of Sprite and conversation hearts. Students dropped the candy hearts into Sprite and watched them dance.
Then they wrote about their observations. This is one of those fun activities that young children and even older kids love!
How it works: The carbon dioxide bubbles in the soda stick to the hearts and lift them up to the top. When the gas escapes at the top, the hearts drop back down to the bottom. As they sink into the soda, more bubbles stick to them and back up they go.
Additional Literacy Activities
We love our weekly poem! Each poem has an emergent reader that students can take home with them. Students can look for high-frequency words or various writing conventions within the book. The teacher can decide. I like to ask students to find words that follow the phonics patterns we are learning.
Valentine’s Day Worksheets
Sometimes it is nice to have a simple worksheet to check for understanding. So how cute is this CVC words activity? Students read the word, then draw a picture to show their knowledge. What a great way to take a quick assessment, plus it’s lots of fun!
And here is some sentence correction pages.
Valentine’s Day Sight Word Recognition Game
This is a game variation we have played many times. But when we add hearts, flowers, and cupcakes, we have a BRAND NEW GAME! Your little learners can practice their own sight words or letter identification. This center activity is a lot of fun for kids of all ages.
Students practice hearing the word, then writing the word. This is a great way to practice spelling and handwriting simultaneously. Of course, you can practice this in your small groups as well!
Math Center Valentine Fun
We can’t resist some fun in our math centers!
We also love the Love Bug Addition math center. Students count the bugs and then write the math equation. Then they solve the math problem and record their answer. Students may use different ways to solve math problems. For example, some may count them all, while others subitize or add.
Students work with teen numbers with this cute set of valentine’s base 10 task cards. In this way, students will have plenty of practice during center time.
VALENTINE'S DAY LESSON PLANS
You can download my editable lesson plans that are perfect for your Valentine’s Day fun!
Click on the image below to download them from Google Drive
I hope you found some new valentine’s activities to add to your Valentine’s Day Lesson Plan!
Additional Fun Valentine’s Day Activities
If you are looking for a few more Valentine’s Day ideas, you may be interested in reading the following: