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Craft Ideas & Activities

Valentine Learning Centers

This activity is appropriate for:
kindergarten - 2nd grade / 5 - 7 years

Make Valentine’s Day extra special with these fun and easy-to-use learning center ideas!

Read Your Heart Out Reading Center
Fill your classroom library with a dozen or so age-appropriate Valentine-themed books. Invite students to choose a story and curl up on some floor pillows for reading time! Some suggestions include:
  • The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
  • Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter! by Mercer Mayer
  • Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
  • Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine by Herman Parish
  • Arthur’s Great Big Valentine by Lillian Hoban
  • The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll
  • The Night Before Valentine’s Day by Natasha Wing

How Many Hearts? Math Center
Students will love solving simple addition problems with this hands-on Valentine math center! To prepare the center, you will need a die, a few small heart-shaped stampers and a red ink pad, as well as several copies of the How Many Hearts? downloadable page. Cut the copies in half along the dotted line.

Have each student take a How Many Hearts? sheet and roll the die. Encourage them to write down the number of dots shown and stamp the corresponding number of hearts above the number in the space provided. Repeat the process for the second number in the addition problem. Then, have students count the total number of stamps to find the correct answer.

Variation: Instead of stamps, you can use colorful heart stickers!

Can You Hear Your Heartbeat? Science Center
This easy-to-create science center will introduce young children to the basic concept of scientific observation! Simply provide a stethoscope at the table for students to use. One at a time, have students use the stethoscope to listen to their heartbeats. Then, have them stand up and do ten jumping jacks and listen to their heartbeats again. Ask them what happened! (Note: You may want to have a parent or other adult volunteer stationed at this center to facilitate questions and clean the stethoscope earpieces with alcohol swabs or disinfecting pads between uses.)

Valentine Verses Writing Center
Set up a center with heart-themed writing paper and fun Valentine pens or pencils. Invite students to write a poem about people or things in their lives that they love. You may want to help them get started by displaying this poem on posterboard in your learning center. Prompt students to copy the lines of the poem and fill in the blanks with thoughts of their own!

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I love my _______________
And ________________, too!

Or, have students make up their own verses and write them on the downloadable heart-shaped writing template. After the poem is written, mount it onto red or pink construction paper. Display the poems on a bulletin board in your classroom for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine Words Language Center
Write the word “VALENTINE” in capital letters across a sentence strip and place it in a center. Provide students with paper and pencils and challenge them to make a list of as many words as they can spell using only the letters in that word! For variation, try the same activity with other Valentine’s Day words, such as sweetheart, candy, cupid, flowers, chocolate and so on.

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