With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I wanted to give you a few classroom party ideas and some easy ways that you can make it educational! Maybe your admin isn’t a big fan of having parties in 2nd or 3rd grade? Or, maybe he or she is all in! Either way, here are some educational Valentine’s Day classroom party ideas your students AND your principal will love!
Add some LOVE to your literacy block
Teach a quick mini lesson about the history of Valentine’s Day and I’ll bet your students will be surprised by how long Valentine’s Day as been celebrated!
Make a list of valentine-themed words for students to work with to count syllables, determine parts of speech, and work with spelling patterns. The word “valentine” offers a good teachable moment to add a quick grammar lesson. Have your students define a valentine and challenge them to think of sentences using the word valentine as both a noun and an adjective.
Take Valentine’s Day photos
Take pictures of your students forming a heart with their hands and get your class writing! Have your students write about ways to show they care and make an easy Valentine’s Day craft. Kids love using their own pictures and these make an easy February bulletin board. I take the pictures from the waist up and print them in black and white 5 x 7, or set my home printer at 2 per page.
I used templates from this Valentine’s Day writing craft.
Have a Valentine’s Day Math Party
During your math block, let your students rotate to different tables to play Valentine’s Day themed math games. My teammate and I open our connecting door and students can go between our two rooms to choose an activity. This makes it extra special and gives our kids a chance to move around and provides them with choices.
Make it festive by covering your desks with butcher paper and letting students pick a dollar store trinket once they complete the game. Students love it and it keeps them on task and motivated to finish.
See more of the Valentine’s Day math centers we use.
Give Students Valentine Cards & Math To Use With Them
Do you pass out valentines to your students? These FREE student valentine’s add even more math to your party!
Pass them out with PlayDoh from the dollar store and the free math pages to use with them. Students roll out their PlayDoh then measure and compare lengths.
Get these FREE Student Valentines and math activities HERE.
Make a Valentine’s Day Bulletin Board
I usually make this in early January, but thought I would include it since it’s also perfect for Valentine’s Day. This 100 Dreams for the World display makes a beautiful project for the MLK Holiday, your 100th day of school, Valentine’s Day, and even for Earth Day. (I’ve been known to make this in January and leave it up through April!)
It’s a perfect project to do with your team or all of the teachers in your hallway. Give each student a heart to write their dream for the world. Display them all together in a wave of hearts that extends down the hall.
Read more about our display, see pictures of our completed project, and download the FREE templates in this post.
I hope you’ll try some of these activities and party ideas. You’ll have the best Valentine’s Day yet that’s both fun and educational!
Be sure to pin it so you don’t forget it!