Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re like me, you can’t wait to do all the heart-themed activities! If you know me, you know I’m a big fan of easy, low-prep, and hands-on activities. So, to help you out this February, I compiled a list of a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day activities for kids that are up to my standards!
3 Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids
1. Candy Heart Towers
This game/STEM activity is SO simple, and all you need are some of those jumbo sized candy hearts! (You can do them with small ones, too, but I personally prefer the big ones!)
Essentially, students are each given a small box of candy hearts, and then they have to try to build the tallest tower by stacking them one on top of the other. Give them a time limit to see who can build the tallest (free-standing) tower by the end of the time!
You can use this Valentine’s day activity as a STEM challenge, or just as a fun game for a class party! I personally have used this as a Minute to Win It game before and the kids loved it! Students can together in small groups, or independently for this activity. The options are endless!
By the way, you can purchase candy hearts at Dollar Tree this time of year, so you don’t have to drop a ton of money on candy! Alternatively, you can ask parents to donate candy, as well.
2. Chocolate Computations
This activity is a simple Valentine’s-themed printable for students to practice addition and subtraction. Students will simply place the chocolate in the correct place in the candy box by matching each equation with its sum. This activity can be used in two different ways – as a matching math center, or as an independent cut-and-paste activity!
The best part about this activity, though, is that not only is it easy and low-prep…it’s FREE! Simply print and go. Click here to download, or click the image below.
This Valentine’s day activity for kids is one of my favorites, but it’s also a little more challenging! For this Valentine’s STEM challenge, you will need to provide students with several plastic cups (paper and styrofoam not recommended for this), and long strips of\;’
cardboard or thick poster board. You can decide whether you will cut the board ahead of time (recommended for younger kids), or let your students cut it themselves.
Students will use the materials to make a heart, like this:
You can do smaller hearts if desired, but I wouldn’t recommend any larger than the one pictured. This would be a fun team-building activity for students to work together to complete! You can make it easier by showing the students how to do it beforehand (show them a picture or draw a diagram). Or, challenge your students to figure it out on their own!
You can get red plastic cups (both regular sized and mini!) at Dollar Tree. Poster board is available at Dollar Tree as well; however it can be a bit flimsy. I would recommend investing in some sturdier poster board, or cutting up some old cardboard boxes instead.