Valentine’s day is always such a fun day for kids! Yes, it’s become very commercial, but it’s a holiday about love and celebrating loving one another- so sign me upppp! Both as a teacher and a mom I am always on the lookout for cute and fun valentines day activities for kids. As a teacher, I’m looking for activities that are engaging but still sneak in some literacy skills. As a mom, I’m just trying to create some memories, distract (I mean engage) the kids and if there’s some learning involved – fine 😉 There are tons of great valentines crafts, valentines day games, and of course valentines day writing prompts for kids out there. I honestly love looking on social media for valentines day activities, as there are just so many creative and artistic people out there doing amazing things. I am always so inspired by the work out there in the educational community. We’re stronger together, right! So here’s a new take on an oldie but a goody.
Valentines day games:
Whenever I’m planning a new unit, I always look for classroom games for kids that are engaging and meaningful. This year, I decided to recreate BINGO and put unicorns on it. I mean, who doesn’t love unicorns and I thought it was a fun rendition to BINGO. Oh, best part, it’s EDITABLE. This means that you can add any word and/or numbers into the game, which is perfect for differentiating levels and grades! If you’ve never played Bingo before, I’ll go through how to play the bingo games for kids.
Step 1: How to set up this resource:
Print, laminate each Unicorn (bingo) board. Cut out each of the bingo valentines cards for kids and make sure to also laminate them so you don’t have to worry as much when your students are playing!
Next it’s time to play this bingo game for kids! Each child gets a board and there’s usually one person who’s the “caller”.
The caller has all the cards and the players are trying to fill up their individual Bingo board first! There are many ways that one can win this game, but it’s up to the teacher, to decide which way they would like the kids to play. Below are some examples of how. For example, one way is for students to get 1 row first.
Anther way is to fill out the entire board. I love having kids fill out the whole board- whoever gets there first, wins the valentines day games.
Heart Coloring pages:
Valentine’s day is also about love, and one of our favourites is coloring pages. Yes Colouring pages help with fine motor but can also help with just passing the time. I am notttt so comfortable with just giving kids something to “pass the time” as I am a big believer that our time with our students and kids is precious! We have such a limited time with them, so let’s make it worth it. Instead of having a blank coloring page, I made Heart coloring pages with a purpose! I created an EDITABLE Color by sight word resource so that kids learning can continue while also colouring. Best part- you can differentiated for different reading levels and grades, accessing many students and grade levels!
Kindergarten Valentines Matching letter games:
Students always need more practice with letter recognition and letter sounds. Letter recognition is a foundational piece for readers to identify words within printed text and begin the process, through phonemic awareness. this helps them associate that text with spoken words. As a part of your Valentines day activities, make sure to add this resource that focuses on letter sound recognition games. Click here to read more on why letter identification helps with student’s sight work books and helps grow phonemic awareness.