Happy February! When I replace my calendar pieces at the end of the month and see it’s February, I immediate think of Valentine’s Day. It’s a sweet holiday that many students enjoy. If you are looking for Valentine’s Day activities for elementary students in your classroom, then you found the right place. Check out the list of read alouds, math activities, reading activities, and crafts below for ideas for how you can celebrate in your elementary classroom!
2 Valentine’s Day Read Alouds
Here are two of my favorite Valentine’s Day picture books for elementary students.
Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch is a great story for celebrating Valentine’s Day! Mr. Hatch has the same routine every day. He goes to work, eats lunch alone, gets the paper, goes to the grocery store, and heads home for the night. The people in Mr. Hatch’s down think that he keeps to himself.
One day, the postman brings Mr. Hatch a package. When he opens it up, he finds a box of chocolates and a note that says “Somebody Loves You.” Mr. Hatch is curious to find out who sent the mysterious package so he starts to walk through the town. He says hello to everyone he passes. Eventually, Mr. Hatch starts socializing with everyone and helping out his community. He throws parties and has the children over for brownies and lemonade.
Then, the postman returns to Mr. Hatch’s house looking very upset. He confesses to Mr. Hatch the he delivered the package to the wrong house. It did not belong to Mr. Hatch. This makes Mr. Hatch very sad and he goes back to his old ways. However, this time his community notices. They work together to bring balloons, candies, and a banner to his house! Mr. Hatch realizes that many people love him after all.
Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane deGroat
This is another great Valentine’s Day story. In Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink, it is Valentine’s Day and Gilbert is excited to write nice poems for all of his classmates. When he gets near the end, Gilbert only has two cards left to make, one for Lewis and one for Margaret. He doesn’t want to make nice poems for them because they had each been mean to him in the past. Gilbert writes a mean poem to both Lewis and Margaret and signs their names at the bottom.
At school, Gilbert opens his valentines and reads a nice note from each of his classmates. When Lewis and Margaret read their notes, they start fighting with one another. Eventually they realize that it was Gilbert who wrote the mean notes and Gilbert’s classmates are mad at him. After spending lunch and recess alone, Gilbert decides to make new poems for Margaret and Lewis and hands them out at the party.
Valentine’s Day Math Activities
You are going to love these Valentine’s Day math activities! One is a math center and the other is an independent task you can do as a whole group. They are simple and easy to put together and create a festive February bulletin board.
4 Valentine’s Day Reading Activities
Check out the 4 reading activities below that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. These are some of my favorite Valentine’s Day activities for elementary students!
1. Valentine’s Day Graphic Organizers
These Valentine’s Day reading graphic organizer activities will provide engaging, meaningful practice to greatly improve your students’ reading and writing skills. They are so quick and easy for teachers to prepare. Each of the included graphic organizers can be used over and over and with any book you choose. Students love the thematic pages and teachers love the ease in which they can differentiate and meet individual student needs.
2. Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch Book Activities
These Somebody Loves Your Mr. Hatch activities are based on Eileen Spinelli’s book. They are digital and printable and are packed with resources for both teachers and students. You’ll have everything you need to deliver an excellent, standards-based interactive read aloud lesson.
3. Hug It Out Book Activities
These Hug It Out activities are based on Louis Thomas’ book. They are digital and printable and are packed with resources for both teachers and students. You’ll have everything you need to deliver an excellent, standards-based interactive read aloud lesson.
4. Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink Book Activities
These Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink activities are based on Diane deGroat’s book. They are digital and printable and are packed with resources for both teachers and students. You’ll have everything you need to deliver an excellent, standards-based interactive read aloud lesson.
6 Valentine’s Day Crafts for Elementary Students
These Valentine’s Day crafts would look great on a bulletin board to complement a Valentine’s Day writing activity. They are such fun Valentine’s Day activities for elementary students!
1. Toilet Paper Roll Stamping Craft
This Valentine’s Day craft is super easy and cheap to make! All you need is pink and red paint, toilet paper rolls, and white paper. Students can create these stamps in a short period of time and they create great results.
2. Tissue Paper Heart Craft
Your students will love creating this Valentine’s Day craft! You’ll need tissue paper, cardboard, paint, glue, ribbon, and a hole punch. This craft makes a pretty wall display both in the classroom and at home.
3. Heart Wreath Ornament Craft
This craft is a sweet little gift that students can bring home and give to a loved one. It is such a cute option for a Valentine’s Day craft!
4. Heart Garland Craft
In recent months, I’ve been loving not using commercial borders and having the kids play a big role in creating our bulletin boards. This purple hearts garland would make a great border for a Valentine’s Day bulletin board.
5. Valentine’s Day Frame with Student Picture Craft
This is another favorite. Super cute! I love anything that includes their pictures. I know my boys would be down with making this. I don’t know they would relish the idea of having it hanging in the hall. I’m thinking this is more of a “make it for mom and dad” kind of thing.
6. American Sign Language Valentine Craft
Instead of using the die cut hands, I would have students paint their own hands and then cut them out. While 3rd graders may not do as many handprint crafts as those cutie patootie kinders, they can totally do them on their own. I just leave out the paper and paint and tell them what to do. I still have nightmares about my years in PreK. Nothing says “I teach the under 5 crowd” like a painted paw print on an Ann Taylor blouse.