Come be our Valentine!
Valentine’s Day is on the horizon! Our classroom has transformed into a sugary sweet, hearts galore, pink and red explosion of all things Valentine’s Day. Our students are so excited for Valentine’s Day and our class party. Take a glimpse into our classroom and see how we are celebrating!
Valentine’s Day Dramatic Play
Our students love to go into the home center and therefore we are always looking for new ways for the kids to experience dramatic play. One of our favorite things to do as we approach each holiday is to place supplies in the home center to let the kids throw their own holiday party.
The supplies we used are:
- Paper Cups
- Paper Plates
- Plastic Tablecloth
- Extra Valentine Cards
- Valentine Basket
All of these supplies were bought at Wal-Mart or the dollar store for $1 or less. The Valentine cards are extras that I have bought over the years and saved for kids who may not have any on party day.
Our kiddos love having their own Valentine’s Day party with their friends!
Celebrating in the home center is really an easy and inexpensive way to tie current holidays and social studies into dramatic play. Your kids will love the opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their friends!
Valentine’s Day Sensory
As with every holiday we were anxious to create our own Valentine themed sensory bin. This sensory bin ended up being a hodge podge of things we either had in the classroom or found in the Target dollar spot. Here’s what we came up with.
To make this we used:
- Red Straws (cut to smaller pieces)
- Conversation Hearts
- Confetti Hearts
- Plastic Hearts
Of the supplies used, the red straws and plastic hearts were things we already had in the classroom. You may recall the red straws from a previous all red sensory bin we made. The conversation and confetti hearts both came from Target.
This sensory bin offers the kiddos a variety of different sensory inputs through different textures. You can easily recreate this sensory bin with things you find around your classroom or at the dollar store and put a festive spin on your sensory table!
Valentine Gross Motor
We are fortunate enough to have a gross motor center in our classroom that the kids love. However, we frequently have trouble coming up with new ideas for this center. After a little searching we found a great idea from a blog called Coffee Cups and Crayons.
All it took to create a fun Valentine’s Day gross motor activity was a few die-cut hearts and some bubble wrap!
We used double sided tape to stick some die-cut hearts to the floor and then rolled out bubble wrap and taped it to the floor on top of the hearts. This created a fun hopscotch-style game.
This activity is already a huge hit! Who doesn’t love popping bubble wrap? The kids have been hopping from heart to heart popping bubbles like crazy. We are already trying to come up with more ideas like this for future holidays and themes!
On Valentine’s Day your heart should be exploding with love! With this in mind we sought out a sweet Valentine craft for the kids to show their families just how much they love them. The result was love bombs which we found from No Time For Flash Cards.
These love bombs are so fun to make! Here is what you will need:
- Black Construction Paper (cut in half)
- Construction Paper Confetti
- Contact Paper
- Sandwich Size Zipper Bags
- White Crayon
There are several things you need to do ahead of time to have this activity ready to go for the kids. The first thing you will need to do is cut various colors of construction paper into small confetti pieces. You will also need to pre-cut hearts out of contact paper, as well as cut pieces of black construction paper in half.
After you have gotten your materials ready it is time to make your love bomb! The first step is to pull the back off the contact paper heart and place it in the middle of a piece of black construction paper.
Next, have the child take a pinch of confetti and put it in sandwich size zip top bag and seal it up with a little air inside. We originally tried using snack size bags but they did not have enough air in them and were too hard for the kids to pop because of their size.
Once the confetti was in the bag we then twisted the top to push all the air down to bottom. This made it easy to pop.
Once you have the bag ready it’s time to add the glue. Outline the contact paper heart in glue and have the kids use their finger to spread the glue out. Try your best to avoid getting glue on the heart but rather keep it on the perimeter.
Now it’s time to pop the confetti! Holding the twisted bag over the glue have the child slam the bag hard to pop it and let the confetti fall.
We sprinkled the confetti that did not fall onto the glue with our hands to ensure it got in the right spot.
The final step is to add a caption. We wrote “I love you to pieces” on ours, but you could really write anything.
This craft was lots of fun to make and is sure to be loved by all of our students’ families!
We hope you have enjoyed reading about how we celebrate Valentine’s Day in our classroom! These activities are some of our favorites and we hope you will like them as much as we do. Let us know what you think in the comments below, we would love to hear from you!