Wanting to take valentines day in the classroom beyond valentines box decorating? There are many educational valentines day ideas for kids; typical valentines day items that can be used in the classroom include candy conversation hearts, red, pink, and white construction paper, fun valentine themed worksheets like crossword puzzles, number dot to dot activities, homework assignments. Playing valentines day themed games and eating valentines day snacks are always a crowd pleaser. Here are some valentine’s day classroom ideas that your students will enjoy:
- Pin the heart on the cupid: Set up for this activity is as simple as it sounds. Give each student a red heart cut out from construction paper, with their name on it, and attach Velcro on the back (the other side goes on the cupid). Don’t forget the blind fold!
- Don’t forget parents! Kids love making and giving cards to their parents. Whip out the construction paper, markers, paints, pipe cleaners, glitter, and other craft materials you may have. Create a set of example Valentine’s Day cards to give your students some ideas. These don’t have to be conventional cards, they can be in the shape of love bugs, arrow hearts, and can have candy attached to them. Be sure to encourage your students to come up with their own ideas for card decorating!
A nice feature you might want to add to this project is having your students help create a Valentine’s poem to put in the card. If you really want to work their writing/language skills, let them create messages on or inside the card by gluing candy conversation hearts.
- Another great use for conversation hearts is using them for fill-in-the-blank writing activities.
- Teaching biology? What a perfect day to teach about the anatomy of the human heart! Bring a heart model to class.
- You can teach kids that the heart has four chambers: two atria and two ventricles. Locate the left and right atriums and left and right ventricles.
- Tell your students that blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart are called arteries, and that blood vessels that carry blood to the heart are called veins.
- Teach them that the chambers contract, which is their heart beat. The heart beat or contracting of the chambers is what pushes blood throughout the body.
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