Valentines Day Circle Time Activities For Preschoolers
Valentine’s Day activities and lessons help preschoolers understand more about love, kindness, and being a good friend. Use these activity ideas during circle time, at play centers, and in small groups – the students are certain to love them!
Valentine’s Day Circle Time Activities
Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love, friendship, and all the wonderful people and things in our lives. We can feel love for a variety of things – people, pets, a favorite toy, or even a place! But “love” is an abstract concept, so it can be difficult for young children to define it in terms that they understand. These activities help students lay a foundation for building on the idea of “love” for the rest of their lives!
This unit includes TEN DAYS of teaching ideas, including:
Showing Love – How do we express this feeling?
Sending Cards – the classic Valentine activity!
Showing Gratitude – Who are we thankful for, and how do we let them know?
Acts of Kindness – Ways to be kind and show love, even for strangers!
Showing Appreciation – How do we show others that we care about them?
Flowers – A traditional way of showing love and appreciation.
Chocolate and Candy – including a chocolate playdough activity!
All of these topics have complete lessons prepared in this circle time unit for Valentine’s Day! On each day, show the real pictures and discuss the concept in each image. There are also polls, carpet games, songs, poems, and enrichment ideas too!
Remember, children learn best from doing and not just watching. Add props, puppets, and other real objects that the students can touch, see and hear to make the most of every circle time lesson.
CARPET GAME – Pretty Flowers
Carpet games are a fun way to learn at circle time! This flower-themed poem and game are perfect for Valentine’s Day. The students take turns guessing where the flowers are by choosing a vase by the number. Simple but sweet! Find this carpet game in the Valentine’s Day Circle Time unit.
CONCEPT OF WORD – I Love My _______
Concept of Word is an essential pre-reading ability. Children point to each word as they read and match their speech to print so that every word gets one touch. This skill is referred to as tracking. An easy way to support children who are practicing tracking is to put touch dots – or in this case, hearts – under each word.
More information about developing Concept of Word is on the post here.
Valentine’s Day Movement Poems
It’s well-known that preschool students learn best when they are moving! These sweet “Roses are Red” poems encourage them to jump, spin and wiggle while practicing their rhyming skills! Find these and more in the Valentine’s Day circle time unit!
Valentine’s Day Centers
Valentine’s Day Bingo
Visual discrimination abilities get a workout while playing this fun Bingo game! Students search the page for the different people, places, and things they love and place a heart marker over the spaces. Literacy receives a little boost, too, as the words are below each item. This item is included in the Valentine’s Day Circle Time unit.
Sensory Table Ideas to Love
Sensory activities help build fine motor skills and develop self-regulation. They are also a lot of fun and easy to customize to fit any holiday or theme. Explore several variations as well as other center ideas in this post about Valentine’s Day Center Ideas!
Special Delivery Bulletin Board
This vertical interactive bulletin board gives children another opportunity to practice number identification, subitizing, counting, and sorting while also encouraging them to work together. See more pictures of interactive boards HERE and print the pieces for yourself HERE.
Books They’ll Love!
Students will love these Valentine’s Day-themed books. Fill up the bookshelves with wonderful picture books to help celebrate the day.
Flower Shop Dramatic Play
Who doesn’t love fresh flowers? Transform the dramatic play area into a place where students can pick a bouquet for their Valentine with the help of this printable set!
PRESCHOOL VALENTINE ACTIVITIES FOR CIRCLE TIME
February is such a fun month with preschoolers. We have World Read Aloud Day, Groundhog’s Day, possibly the Chinese New Year, National Book Giving Day, sometimes Leap Year, and of course Valentine’s Day. These preschool valentine activities are perfect to use during circle time.
Preschool Valentine Activities
Valentine Circle Time Song with Literacy Activities
Try these two songs during circle time to build literacy skills. You can grab free printables of the songs and corresponding activities below.
Glitter, Glitter, Little Heart
They say everything is better with glitter. Sing “Glitter, Glitter, Little Heart” to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and then hide a glitter heart somewhere in the room.
The kids then ask yes/no questions to try and locate the hidden glitter heart. It’s a fun way to help kids build their questioning skills.
Where is the Heart
“Where is the Heart” is set to the tune of “Where is Thumbkin.” This song will work on recognizing letter sounds.
The kids will love to hold their own glitter alphabet heart. As you sing the song, insert different letter sounds. If the child is holding that letter, he/she gets to reveal and then make it hide. Repeat several times until all the kids have had a chance to hold up a letter and then make it hide.
Valentine Read-Alouds for Circle Time
Have you ever noticed that lots of Valentine-themed books are smaller than other books or the illustrations are intricate and dainty? Great for enjoying one on one or with a small group, but not so great for a whole group read aloud during circle time.
Here are a few picks that do work for circle time!
Love isn’t always sunshine and roses. Sometimes our loved ones can annoy us. But in the end, love still stands between Duck and Bear in I Love You Already by Jory John.
In Love Monster and the Last Chocolateby Rachel Bright, Love Monster discovers a box of chocolates on his porch. He really wants to eat them but decides that sharing them with friends would be even better than enjoying them by himself.
Hugs can express love, comfort, and kindness. In the Hug Machine by Scott Campbell we meet a little boy who is spreading hugs everywhere.
My Creepy Valentine by Arthur Howard is the story of Mitzi the Witch and her quest to create the perfect valentine for someone special. She definitely has a way with words that will have your preschoolers giggling. And, of course, there is a sweet ending.
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