Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids
Love is in the air! As the calendar flips from January to February, we anticipate the arrival of Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated every February 14. The winter season is chock full of religious and national holidays for you to center lessons, discussion or activities around, and Valentine’s Day has got a ton of great material. Whether you are an early childhood educator, an elementary school art teacher, a high school English teacher or anything in between, using Valentine’s Day as a springboard is an excellent way to devise engaging and meaningful lesson plans.The Internet is full of great ideas for how to bring Valentine’s Day into your classroom. To save you the trouble of sifting through them all, we’ve compiled our short list of the best Valentine’s Day activities for kids and teens:
Valentine’s Day Cards
When you think about Valentine’s Day, you think about a heart-shaped box of chocolates and a gushy card. Some of your students will be making Valentine’s Day cards of their own to send to their crushes, boyfriends or girlfriends, so you might as well give them the opportunity to make the cards with you in the classroom. You can explain that Valentine’s Day cards can be sent to anyone you love: a parent, grandparent, pet or friend; this way, those students who don’t have a Valentine in mind will be able to make a card of their own and will feel included. Use these Valentine’s Day card ideas to give your students different options in terms of what kind of card they want to send. You can incorporate a language arts lesson by having students compose their own poems to use as the text in their cards.
Valentine’s Day Scented Flowers
This arts and crafts lesson is perfect for students in elementary school and is a great way to spruce up your Valentine’s Day crafts repertoire. In this activity, students create their own flowers out of paper to give to their Valentines. The added sensory aspect of giving these flowers a scent makes this a memorable activity and something your students can get truly excited about.
How to Say “I Love You” Around the World
Although Valentine’s Day is not celebrated in every country, the language of love is universal. Units or lessons that teach traditions from around the world tend to be a great way to pique your students’ interest. Begin your lesson by asking any of your students if they know how to say “I love you” in a language other than English. Once you’ve exhausted all the languages your class has to offer, use this reference to teach them how to say those three little words in new tongues. As homework, you can ask your students to compile a list of as many ways to say “I love you” as they can find.
Mend My Broken Heart
This matching activity originated as a way to review and teach math concepts to elementary school students, but can be used in many different subjects, including (but not limited to) history, language arts, foreign language and science. In short, the lesson involves cutting out pink or red hearts, writing a math problem on one side and the answer on the other, then cutting the hearts down the middle (leaving one half with the problem and the other with the solution). After distributing these pieces to your students, you ask them to find their match in order to “mend the broken heart.” This is a fun way to get your students moving and thinking within the context of Valentine’s Day.
William Shakespeare’s plays and poetry are excellent material to use on Valentine’s Day for high school and middle school students. This activity uses his Sonnet 130 as a springboard for the study of the sonnet form, and for a fun and engaging Valentine’s Day project. Students study the poem and learn about its structure, use of language, rhyme and meter. After working to understand the poem itself, they then work to craft their own sonnets to put in Valentine’s Day cards. Writing a sonnet is no easy task, so use this activity only if you have advanced language arts students with a flair for creativity.