Even though it feels like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years were mere seconds ago, we’re actually already (somehow!) nearly at the mid-point of February, which means everyone’s favorite “Hallmark Holiday” is coming up – Valentine’s Day.
Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is always a great excuse for popping open some candies and teaching the little ones about the importance of friendship. In many classrooms around the country children will be exchanging handmade cards with their classmates and teachers… and teachers and parents will be trying to harness a rowdy group of children with a higher-than-normal level of energy.
To help wrangle the little ones back into their seats while burning off some candy-fueled energy, we’ve got a few Valentine’s Day inspired activities and crafts to share with you.
Heart Healthy Exercises
Remember how we were just commiserating about the amount of energy those kids have from their Valentine’s Day candy? Why not have them burn it off – and get a little lesson on the heart – with some exercises! Make & Take has an awesome Heart Healthy Exercise game that she uses with her class.
How To Say I Love You
Perhaps you’re looking for a bit more of a subdued activity, if you’re attempting to avoid riling the children up, or you’re taking advantage of them coming down from their candy-induced energy burst. This printable from Teacher Vision has the translation for “I Love You” in 16 different languages, and will definitely be a cute activity to children to practice at school and surprise their families with at home!
If you’re looking for an activity that will keep little hands busy and provide them with a sense of achievement, these Crayon Hearts from the Queen of Crafts herself, Martha Stewart, are the perfect option. Your students will be able to present a symbol of their love and appreciation to their parents, siblings, grandparents, or their favorite teacher!