Are you gearing up for Valentine’s Day? Here are over 100 valentine activities for preschoolers to add to your Valentine’s Day lesson plans.
Are you following Fun-A-Day’s Valentine’s Day Pinterest board?
Valentine’s Day is often associated with hearts and sugar, and it’s a great impetus to talk with kiddos about their friends and families.
It’s also a good time to integrate fun, meaningful learning activities into the classroom and at home.
Below are a variety of valentine activities for preschoolers to try this February. Click on each highlighted bit of text to read more about the valentine fun.
Valentine Activities for Preschoolers
I’ve included ideas for literacy, math, science, arts and crafts, sensory play, printables, and even a treat!
Would you add any other activities to the list?
Literacy Valentine Activities
Make a fine motor valentine craft with pony beads, letter beads, and pipe cleaners. My students have loved making this, so I think you should definitely add it to your list of valentine activities for preschoolers!
Related: 25+ Heart Activities For Kids
Encourage the children to use their names to learn early literacy skills. These three heart name crafts will inspire them to do just that.
Children can write about the people and things they love with this “I Love” valentine book making activity. It’s simple to set up, gets the kids involved as authors and illustrators, and teaches so many important literacy concepts.
Math Valentine Activities for Preschoolers
Valentine’s Day is perfect for exploring a wide variety of math activities for preschoolers.
Well, let’s be honest here . . . every time is a good time for math! At least in my own personal opinion.
You can find over 15 valentine math activities to engage your preschoolers!
Related: Counting Hearts Free Printable Book
It’s hard to narrow it down, but I think our two favorites are the dice games and the super simple “broken heart” numbers.
Valentine’s Day Snack for Preschoolers
Bake some heart-shaped brownies with the children, and then get the kids to help set up a you’ve been hugged valentine surprise It’s such fun to watch the children determine who should get the special delivery.
Make a special treat with marshmallows and colorful sprinkles. This is a very basic “cooking” activity that my son and his friends loved. Integrate literacy with a written “recipe”, while math can be practiced while counting and measuring.
Science Valentine Activities for Preschoolers
Valentine’s Day provides a lot of opportunities for your little scientists!
In fact, I put together a list of 25 Valentine’s Day science activities sure to wow the kids.
I think the candy heart experiments are our favorites from that list! Based on the number of times we’ve done the experiment over the years, anyway.
Valentine’s Day Sensory Activities
These heart glitter jars are one of my favorite valentine activities for preschoolers! You just need a few ingredients to make them, and almost any kind of heart glitter will do.
Make a simple valentine sensory bin with your students. You only need water beads and a few other simple materials.
Use those same water beads to make an easy, and engaging, Valentine’s Day sensory bottle for your students.
Put together even more valentine sensory bottles with the children.
Break out the conversation hearts for a candy heart breaking fine motor activity! It was such fun to watch the children break up those candy hearts!
These playdough activities for Valentine’s Day will be great in your sensory center this February!
Check out 10 valentine sensory activities! There’s goop, play dough, water beads, and other fun sensory bins to try.
Valentine’s Day Art and Crafts
This heart print art is probably my favorite valentine art project for preschoolers. The children loved making the prints and displaying them around the classroom.
A valentine hand print craft can be fun to make, and the kids love giving them as gifts to their families.
Let the children create their own Valentine’s Day craft with tissue paper and oil pastels. Then sit back and watch as those kids get creative.
The holiday wouldn’t be complete without the exchange of valentines in the classroom! The students can make their very own paper plate valentines holder with this easy craft.
Make some straw art with the kids as part of your valentine activities for preschoolers. You can use the straws to create heart stamps, or you and the kids can treat the straw pieces as loose parts to create with.
Dye your own wooden hearts to inspire acts of kindness for kids in your classroom.
Here are some fingerprint heart gifts kids can make for their families. There are two variations, and both of them are simple to make with the children.
This super simple valentine craft for kids made a sweet gift for the kids’ families. Add some sweet treats, and you have a great parent gift.
Some other ideas valentine art can be found at heart art for kids.
The collection of heart crafts for preschoolers will also make for some great valentine craft projects!
Printables for Valentine’s Day
If you’re looking for some printables to correspond with your hands-on learning activities this Valentine’s Day, I’ve got you covered!
You can find 20 Valentine’s Day printables to engage and challenge your preschoolers.
They run the gamut of math, art, and literacy printables. So pick whichever you think your students will enjoy the most!
Do you have any favorite valentine activities for preschoolers? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below! Which activity do you think your kids would enjoy trying first?
Preschool Lesson Plans for Valentine’s Day
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes book suggestions, printable plans, over 30 learning activities (both whole group and centers) related to the theme, and corresponding printables.
You’ll definitely want to add these plans to your valentine activities for preschoolers!
You can also find us on Teachers Pay Teachers
Valentine’s Day Materials
Hopefully you’ve chosen some of your favorite valentine activities for preschoolers! Which ideas did you decide on?
Below is a list of some materials to correspond with your preschool valentine ideas (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
- Heart glitter
- Conversation hearts
- Heart-shaped cookie cutters
- Red and pink water beads
- Valentine’s day confetti
- Pink, red, and purple paint
- Heart doilies
- Red, pink, and purple construction paper
I’m a big proponent of using whatever you already have on-hand, of course! But sometimes it’s nice to grab a few special supplies for holiday activities.