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How to make Valentine's Day special in your classroom

It's almost that time of year. Clerks have stocked store shelves with heart-shaped chocolate boxes and smiling teddy bears. People are making dinner reservations and writing cards to tell their loved ones how much they mean to them. It's about to be Valentine's Day, and you may need help making this holiday special in your classroom. Here are two great party ideas you should use this year:

Blinded by Love
You can easily modify this activity based on the age group or skill level of its participants. It's a great game for competitive children who don't mind feeling silly or laughing at themselves. It requires little prep work, and you can play Valentine's Day themed music in the background while they play.

What you will need: 

  • Whiteboard
  • 3 or 4 blindfolds 

What you will do:

  1. Have students line up into three or four teams, facing the whiteboard.
  2. Blindfold each student at the front of the line and hand them a marker.
  3. Ask each student to draw a heart (or other Valentine's symbol) on the board at the count of three. 
  4. Once everyone has participated, the classroom can vote on what team drew the funniest, best, or craziest images. 

I Heart You!
Games and activities are certainly fun, but if you want to make your students feel extra special on this holiday, show them how much you appreciate them. This decoration idea is the perfect way to showcase how great your students are and make them feel important on Valentine's Day.

What you need:

  • Colored cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers

What you do:

  1. Cut out hearts from the paper.
  2. Write encouraging notes for each of your students.
  3. Place them on all your students' desks or tables before they come in the classroom.

To learn more about activities that can help your preschoolers, check out our course called "Activities That Promote Social and Emotional Development in Preschoolers." At ProSolutions Training, we offer online child care courses for early childhood educators. Contact us today to learn more!