Valentine’s Day Curriculum

Take a ball of RED or PINK yarn and have the children sit in a circle. Give the ball to one child and loosely tie the end of the yarn around his/her wrist. The child begins by saying “I love________ because he/she________”(suggestions: shares her crayons with me, always plays with me, helps me clean up,etc). The speaker tosses the ball of yarn to the childhe/she named and that child takes a turn,etc, etc, until all children have had a turn to toss the yarn. Loop the yarn around each child’s wrist as they take their turn. We were not supposed to say someone’s name who already was tangled in the web until EVERYONE had had a turn, then we kept going until the yarn ran out. It was fun to see how long it took us to untangle ourselves!


For Valentines day we use hearts that have been cut in half. On one side I write 4 + 1 =, on the other side the answer. Can be used for reading also.. ie.. “ca” on one side of heart and “r” on the other. Have fun. The sky is the limit with this activity.

Editors note: This activity is appropriate with younger grade school children.


Valentine Card Puzzles

Glue large Valentine cards onto tagboard. Laminate or cover the cards with clear contact paper. Cut each card into 4 to 8 pieces. Place each of the “puzzles” into a large ziplock bag and keep them in your manipulative area.


 

Heart Puzzles

Cut several large hearts. Print a numeral on one side of each heart and stick a corresponding number of stickers on the other side of the heart. Cut the hearts in half as a puzzle. Have the children match the numerals to the number of stickers.


Heart Sorting

Cut various sized hearts from pink, red, and white construction paper. The children can sort the hearts by colors or by size (small to large—– large to small).


Smelling Candles

Purchase pairs of scented heart shaped votive candles. Make the colors and scents of the pairs as contrasting as possible. Make a blind fold by covering the lense part of a child¹s pair of sunglasses with felt. I have a different colored pair for each month. Trims and add-ons can enhance the blindfold. With the blindfold on, show the children how to try to find the matching pair of candles by smell alone. When the candles have been placed in pairs, take off the blindfold. The child can check their work because matching pairs of candles will be the same color. Hint – store the candle pairs in separate baggies so scents do not mix.


Heart Rhymes

Cut out enough hearts for each child in your class. Glue a magazine picture on each heart. Place all the hearts in a large paper sack. Have each child take a turn to choose a heart from the bag. Let each child name words that rhyme with the picture on their heart.


Valentine Land Game-Can be played to music. It goes like this:

Pass the heart around

Pass the heart around

Pass the heart along

Pass the heart around

Pass the heart around

As we sing this song.

It is Valentine’s

It is Valentine’s

It is Valentine’s Day

It is Valentine’s

It is Valentine’s

And we pass the heart this way

When the music stops

When the music stops

And the heart is in your hand

When the music stops

When the music stops

Enter Valentine Land

Repeat three verses two more times, faster each time. You can pass the heart behind your back, over your head, or under your legs. Ask the children for other passing ideas!

This is from the MacMillan Sing & Learn series

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