Valentine’s Day Curriculum

On a large piece of poster board, draw a flying Cupid with his arrow. Or buy a cut-out Cupid and glue it to the poster board. Cut out a small red heart. Stick a piece of tacky tack on the back of the heart. Each child takes a turn being blindfolded and pinning the heart on Cupid’s arrow.

On a large piece of poster board, draw five large hearts. In each heart write a number one through five(or 10,20,50…for older kids) Each child gets a turn tossing a beanbag to hit the highest number. Or can use more beanbags and the child has to add his score. This also works great in the summer with sidewalk chalk on the driveway.

For a February math activity, my students graphed hearts by color. Each child received a small Ziploc bag with several paper hearts of various colors (red, pink, purple). Each child had to sort his/her hearts, count the number of each color, and record this info. on a simple graph I had prepared ahead of time. I use a basic square grid, and add the heading, pictures, numbers, etc. as I need them for whatever season or theme I’m using. This activity could be repeated with heart sizes (small, medium, large) or other criteria. Adjust it to suit your students’ needs and the skills you’d like to target. Also, if you use learning centers in your classroom, you could leave lots of blank graphs, a variety of items to count and record, and markers for a simple center.

I found this Date: idea in Family Fun magazine. This is a great Valentine present for your kids. Empty a small box of conversation hearts. Make sure you get the boxes that have the heart shaped cut out with cellophane over it. Take individual pictures of your class using a white background with red hearts hung all around. Cut the front of the box off to separate from the rest of the box. Cut the child’s picture out so that it will fit into the heart shape cutout in the box. Laminate and put a magnet on the back. The front of the box makes a precious picture frame.

To help kids learn their capital and small letters, here is a fun idea. I cut out small hearts of variety colors and write on the letters on each one. Then, I contact paper for future use. One way to play this game is to place all the small letter hearts into a container. Divide the big letter hearts among the children (or play in teams). A heart will be pulled from the container and the child will say if the letter matches it mates.