Valentine’s Day Curriculum

Nursing home for Valentine’s Day Our preschoolers will be visiting a nursing home for Valentine’s Day. The children have been bringing stuffed animals from home (ones that can be parted with) and we will be writing stories that the children dictate to us about their animal. We will take our animals, along with the stories (most of how much this stuffed animal was loved) with us on our visit. There we can leave something soft and warm and filled with love for our “special Grandmas and Grandpas”. We will also be doing a fingerplay or two!

Counting/number matching game I use an old Valentine candy box to create a counting/number matching game in our math center. In each compartment of the box, I glue a number. Then I have laminated heart shapes with corresponding number or dots to place in the matching compartment.

A Valentine Survival Kit Just For You!! A cute idea to show your staff how much they are appreciated! Decorate a paper bag and fill with the below-mentioned items!! Attach this note to the outside of the bag! A Valentine Survival Kit Just For You!! A chocolate kiss to remind you that you are loved! A match to light your fire when you feel burned out! A tootsie roll to remind you not to bite off more than you can chew! Smarties to help you on those days you don’t feel so smart! A starburst to give you a burst of energy on those days you don’t have any! A snickers to remind you to take time to laugh! A bag to help you keep it all together and to give you food for thought! And most importantly, a candle to remind you that you can brighten someone else’s day!

Matching Valentines Cards we always use left over store bought valentine cards for a matching game. My kids love to match up the cards. Just glue one set inside a folder and have the kids match up the other set of cards to the cards on the folder. Stickers work well too.

Mailman, Mailman Where’s my Mail? Everyone gets to participate in this game involving a hidden valentine. Choose one child to be postman and give him or her the mailman’s hat. (Red strip of paper with pink heart that says mailman.) The mailman must hide his/her eyes while you give another child a valentine to hide behind their back. Then the mailman uncovers his/her eyes and faces his/her classmates who say, “Mailman, mailman, where’s the mail?” The mailman gets three guesses to find out who is hiding the mail. If he/she guesses correctly, he/she continues as postman. If he/she guesses incorrectly, the person with the mail becomes the mailman.