Valentine’s Day is often associated with hearts and sugar, and it’s a great impetus to talk with kiddos about their friends and families.
It’s also a good time to integrate fun, meaningful learning activities into the classroom and at home.
Below are a variety of valentine activities for preschoolers to try this February. Click on each highlighted bit of text to read more about the valentine fun.
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Valentine Activities for Preschoolers
I’ve included ideas for literacy, math, science, arts and crafts, sensory play, printables, and even a treat!
Would you add any other activities to the list?
Literacy Valentine Activities
Make a fine motor valentine craft with pony beads, letter beads, and pipe cleaners. My students have loved making this, so I think you should definitely add it to your list of valentine activities for preschoolers!
Encourage the children to use their names to learn early literacy skills. These three heart name crafts will inspire them to do just that.
Children can write about the people and things they love with this “I Love” valentine book making activity. It’s simple to set up, gets the kids involved as authors and illustrators, and teaches so many important literacy concepts.
Math Valentine Activities for Preschoolers
Valentine’s Day is perfect for exploring a wide variety of math activities for preschoolers.
Well, let’s be honest here . . . every time is a good time for math! At least in my own personal opinion.
You can find over 15 valentine math activities to engage your preschoolers!
It’s hard to narrow it down, but I think our two favorites are the dice games and the super simple “broken heart” numbers.
Valentine’s Day Snack for Preschoolers
Bake some heart-shaped brownies with the children, and then get the kids to help set up a you’ve been hugged valentine surprise It’s such fun to watch the children determine who should get the special delivery.
Make a special treat with marshmallows and colorful sprinkles. This is a very basic “cooking” activity that my son and his friends loved. Integrate literacy with a written “recipe”, while math can be practiced while counting and measuring.
Science Valentine Activities for Preschoolers
Valentine’s Day provides a lot of opportunities for your little scientists!
In fact, I put together a list of 25 Valentine’s Day science activities sure to wow the kids.
I think the candy heart experiments are our favorites from that list! Based on the number of times we’ve done the experiment over the years, anyway.
Valentine’s Day Sensory Activities
These heart glitter jars are one of my favorite valentine activities for preschoolers! You just need a few ingredients to make them, and almost any kind of heart glitter will do.
Make a simple valentine sensory bin with your students. You only need water beads and a few other simple materials.
Use those same water beads to make an easy, and engaging, Valentine’s Day sensory bottle for your students.
Put together even more valentine sensory bottles with the children.
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Break out the conversation hearts for a candy heart breaking fine motor activity! It was such fun to watch the children break up those candy hearts!
These playdough activities for Valentine’s Day will be great in your sensory center this February!
Check out 10 valentine sensory activities! There’s goop, play dough, water beads, and other fun sensory bins to try.
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Valentine’s Day Art and Crafts
This heart print art is probably my favorite valentine art project for preschoolers. The children loved making the prints and displaying them around the classroom.
A valentine hand print craft can be fun to make, and the kids love giving them as gifts to their families.
Let the children create their own Valentine’s Day craft with tissue paper and oil pastels. Then sit back and watch as those kids get creative.
The holiday wouldn’t be complete without the exchange of valentines in the classroom! The students can make their very own paper plate valentines holder with this easy craft.
Make some straw art with the kids as part of your valentine activities for preschoolers. You can use the straws to create heart stamps, or you and the kids can treat the straw pieces as loose parts to create with.
Dye your own wooden hearts to inspire acts of kindness for kids in your classroom.
Here are some fingerprint heart gifts kids can make for their families. There are two variations, and both of them are simple to make with the children.
This super simple valentine craft for kids made a sweet gift for the kids’ families. Add some sweet treats, and you have a great parent gift.
Some other ideas valentine art can be found at heart art for kids.
Fun Valentine’s Day Party Games for Kids
As a kid, I loved classroom Valentine’s Day parties! There were so many fun games and treats to enjoy, but my favorite part was the Valentine’s Day party games we used to play.
As a kid, this was by far my favorite part, because I got the chance to do something besides schoolwork and have fun with my other classmates. If you are trying to plan a fun Valentine’s Day party for your little ones, then I urge you to consider creating some Valentine’s Day party games.
These party games work well for classroom or home parties and are all kid-friendly, of course!
1. Valentine’s Minute to Win it Games
Have you ever played Minute To Win It? This is a super fun version that is Valentine’s Day themed.
2. Conversation Heart Memory Game
This is a really cute Memory Game. Such a fun idea!
3. Duck Tape Pinata
You can totally make a heart-shaped pinata from duck tape. For real!
4. Partner Match Game
Everyone has a someone. This game helps kids recognize that partners come in a variety of ways!
5. Heart Hopscotch
Get your kids active with this Valentine’s Day Heart Hopscotch.
6. Valentine’s Bingo
This is a cute and bright Valentine’s Day Bingo game.
7. Cupid’s Arrow Toss
Such a surprisingly simple game to put together for an afternoon of fun!
8. My Heart is Bursting Game
There is a fun candy surprise as part of this game!
9. Valentine’s Yahtzee Game
I love the big paper die used for this game.
10. Candy Hearts Game
A great opportunity for kids to share about the things they love.
11. Valentine’s Stacking Game
Stacking these conversation hearts is a great fine motor skill for younger kids.
12. Valentine’s Headband Game
Have you ever played HeadBanz? This is a great version for Valentine’s Day.
13. Valentine’s Day Game
Roll the paper die and then talk about something you love!
14, Musical Hearts
A fun, active game to play indoors for Valentine’s Day.
15. Hershey Kiss Matching Game
You put the matching part under each Hershey Kiss. Such a sweet game!