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Valentine's Day Sweets and Heartbeats

By Allie Magnuson on February 11, 2011
  • Grades: PreK–K

Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday at school. With heart and flower decorations and a focus on friendship, love, and kindness, what's not to like? I like to extend the easygoing and cheerful atmosphere all day and all across the curriculum. Read on to find activities in every subject area that center around my favorite thing: the heart.


SUBJECT: The Heart

TEACH THIS: Show your students where their hearts are located, and help them pin paper hearts on their shirts to mark the spot. Then show them an air pump and explain that the heart pumps blood and that tubes called arteries take the blood through the body. Set up a tunnel to represent arteries. Then explain that other tubes called veins bring blood back to the heart. Have students jump rope to get their blood pumping back to their hearts.

Teaching about the heart on Valentine's Day

Get your school involved in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart event.

 

SUBJECT: The Heartbeat

TEACH THIS: While they are sitting and inactive, have students place their hands on their chests to feel their heartbeats, and/or let them take turns listening through a stethoscope. After they do something active, such as marching or jumping, have them feel their heartbeats again. Explain that during exercise their hearts have to work harder, so they beat faster. To show that hearts have rhythms, listen to music with a beat while students feel their heartbeats.

Teaching about the heart on Valentine's Day

 

SUBJECT: Heart Health

TEACH THIS: First, explain that food is fuel for the body and that "everyday" foods are better fuel than "sometimes" foods. Put pictures of both kinds of foods in containers placed about five feet apart on the floor. Have two students at a time be race cars and refuel at each container by picking a card at random and then either running to the next container if they pick an everyday food (good fuel) or taking baby steps if they pick a sometimes food (not-so-good fuel). After everyone has had a chance to race, talk about cholesterol that can stick around the heart and cause disease. Have the students hula-hoop to bust their cholesterol.

Teaching about the heart on Valentine's Day

 

SUBJECT AREA: READING

 

Sweethearts candyImage via Wikipedia


SUBJECT: Word Recognition; Vocabulary; Oral Language 

TEACH THIS: Tell your students that cupid shot his arrow into so many hearts that he needs help finding some of the letters, words, and phrases he used. Have students identify them on candy conversation hearts. Afterwards, students can have conversations or try to make sentences with the words or phrases.
Conversation hearts Valentine's Day reading activity


SUBJECT: Independent Reading

TEACH THIS: Write a variety of short poems and iron them, with some decorations, in between pieces of wax paper. Tie them all together with string and have students read the valentines.

Valentine's Day Poetry

 

SUBJECT: Story Retelling

TEACH THIS: After reading The Biggest Valentine Ever, students can make mouse puppets, made entirely of hearts, that look like the valentine in the book. Then they can retell the story using the puppets.

The Biggest Valentine Ever

 

 

SUBJECT AREA: MATH
 

SUBJECT: Ordinal Numbers

TEACH THIS: Play the card game hearts or a simpler variation of it. Read the nursery rhyme "The Queen of Hearts" and have some tarts.

Playing Hearts on Valentine's Day

 

SUBJECT: Matching; Patterns

TEACH THIS: Make several small paper hearts out of brown and black paper and decorate them in sets of different patterns. Put the hearts in an old candy box and have students match them up.

Chocolates Matching Game
 

SUBJECT: Sorting

TEACH THIS: Have your students sort candy conversation hearts by number of letters, number of words, and color.

 

Conversation hearts Valentine's Day math activity

 



SUBJECT AREA: ART/LANGUAGE ARTS/SOCIAL STUDIES
 

SUBJECT: Friendship; Art; Writing

TEACH THIS: Have your students make the valentines they will be giving to their classmates — as glittery and sappy sweet as possible. I made the glitter backgrounds for my students, and they decorated the cards with glitter foam letters, glitter die cuts, glitter stickers, confetti, sequins, gems, ribbons, and more glitter.

Glitter valentines for Valentine's Day


Glitter valentines for Valentine's Day

  Glitter valentines for Valentine's Day

 

Send home a letter asking for donations to send valentines for Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week.

 

SUBJECT: Art

TEACH THIS: Have your students make their own valentine holders, too. We made houses out of construction paper to hold our valentines.

Valentine houses for Valentine's Day
 

SUBJECT: Friendship; Writing

TEACH THIS: Have each student pick a name at random and be their secret admirer for a week. They can leave secret notes and pictures for their friends, or do kind things for them. I keep out a supply of tiny note cards, lollipops, and Hershey's Hugs and Kisses.

Secret admirers for Valentine's Day
 

 

Teacher Love for Valentine's Day
Mrs. Magnuson and Miss Bindergarten really love their students, who are always willing to do whatever is asked of them.

 

I'd love to hear your ideas for Valentine's Day.

Have a heartfelt weekend!

~Allie

Comments (11)

I just thought that I would share a fun Valentine activity. My preschoolers love to sort conversation hearts using chopsticks. It is one of their favorite fine motor activities.

Hi Ashley, Send me your address and email address - (I won't publish it on here. I will send you an email when I send your prize. Congratulations and please come back. ~Allie

Wooooohoooooo!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!!!!! :) Thanks for your awesome contest. :D

Hi Melissa - it sounds like you enjoy doing projects with your kiddos too. I think kids don't get enough of art so anyway we can corporate curriculum into art is fantastic. I love your idea of the AB patterns in the caterpillar project. Thanks for sharing and thanks for reading! ~Allie

Hi Laura - The wax paper is a fun way to display art and the parents love them. I took pictures of the children and added the photos to the poems to make it even more special for the parents. Thanks for reading. ~Allie

I love your ideas for this great week of love and friendship. Something my kids (pre-k) love to do is make things together. We discuss working together, sharing, and teamwork. This year we made heart caterpillars and made them into AB, ABB, or AAB patterns. The kids had to work together to decide on colors and patterns. It was a great experience for them.

I love your idea about putting poems in between pieces of wax paper! My students will love them!

Hi Cami, Yes - you are a winner! The mailbox contest sounds like fun. What a great way to get families involved. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's day with your kiddos. ~Allie

Hi Sam, Thanks for reading. My kids loved the activities. It was a wonderful week and Valentine's day is going to be fun. ~Allie

Sweet! I'm a winner! I love the ideas for Valentine's Day. The science is wonderful. We usually do the Sweetheart sort and decorate a bags to put our hearts in. When I was in grade school, we had a contest every year to see who could build the best "mailbox" with a shoe box. That was always a great deal of fun and got the families of students involved at home.

So cute pictures...thanks for sharing

Sam

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