1-2-3 Come Do Some Valentine Actvities With Me
Here’s a quick, easy and fun little heart craftivity that can be used in a variety of ways!
Run the pattern off on an assortment of colors, then for a bucket-filling, writing prompt activity, write children’s names on slips of paper and have your kiddos choose one.
This will be the person they write a “secret” heart message to. Remind them to include a compliment as well.
I’ve also included a “Whooo loves you?” owl valentine template that students can make for their family.
The folded heart pattern can also be used to practice upper and lowercase letters.
Great for Daily 5 word work and practicing contractions too. I’ve included an alphabetical list of 69 contractions for you to choose from. The same thing works for compound words.
Assign each student 1-2. They write the words on the outside of the heart, with the contraction/compound word inside. After they’ve shared their hearts, collect for an instant center activity.
The pattern also works as a creative way to practice math facts.
Students can solve the equation on the inside, or exchange their hearts with 3 other students and have them solve the problem.
Another super-fun activity is a Valentine Venn Friend. Venn diagrams are a visual way to practice comparison-contrast writing and an interesting way for students to get to know each other better.
I've included a list of 40 questions that they can choose from to discuss with their partner.
Each student does their own "different" portion of the "heart", and then together, using the middle “same” section, they take turns recording the similarities that they have with their Venn Friend.
Completed projects make an awesome February bulletin board. I’ve included 4, “Venn Friends” poster options for your display.
Another simple literacy activity, is a set of 30, valentine-themed, "Fix the sentence" cards, which are an interesting way to review capitalization and end punctuation at the same time practicing a lot of Dolch sight words too.
Choose a student to come up and using a dry erase marker, circle letters that should be capitalized and then add end punctuation. (period, question mark & exclamation point).
I've also included a set of mini cards. Children choose X number of cards, then write the corrected sentences on a sheet of paper.
Finally, mix math and literacy with a Valentine Number Puzzle. Some are horizontal, others vertical.
They help practice sequencing numbers from 1-10, counting backwards from 10-1, plus skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s.
Use the colorful ones as an independent math center, or to play a "Speed" game against a partner. Use the black & white ones as a whole-group activity.
I've also included 17, writing prompt valentine puzzles as well. Children pick a classmate's name out of a container and write a "secret" message to them on the puzzle, then color & trim.
On party day, kiddos put their puzzles together.
For an inexpensive gift for your kiddos, I designed 6 mini puzzles (4-on-a-page), along with 3 "header" options to attach to a Snack Baggie.
Add a heart-shaped lollipop for that finishing touch. I bought a bag of 20 at The Dollar Store.
Today's FREEBIE is a set of valentine bookmarks, which could also go in your little treat bag.
Well that's it for today. I hope you found something to make February extra special for your kiddos.
The sun is shining brightly and making the snow especially sparkly. Wishing you a love-filled day.
"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." - Charles M. Shultz