Activities from Songs 4 Teachers
for Kindergarten to Third Grade
Potato Print Valentines
Cut a potato in half and cut a heart shape on one end of the cut ends. Paint the
heart shape red and press it onto white paper.
Children can make all different
pictures from the "Valentine Potatoes".
Each child will need one very large heart, one large heart, three middle sized
hearts, and one little one. The very large heart
becomes the body. The large
heart becomes the tail. The middle sized hearts become the fins on top of the
very large heart.
The little heart becomes the lips of the fish. These "Valentine Fish" make a great classroom display.
Pour white vinegar into small bowls. You will need brushes, pieces of white
construction paper and small heart shapes from red
tissue paper. Children will
use the paint brushes to brush vinegar on their white construction papers. Then
students will cover
their white papers papers with the red tissue paper hearts. As
the white paper dries, the hearts will fall off leaving red heart prints.
Cut a large heart shape for each child out of waxed paper. Pour vegetable oil
into shallow containers and give each child a cotton ball and red tissue paper.
The children will tear red
tissue paper into small pieces. The students will dip the cotton balls into the oil and
brush it over their waxed paper hearts. Then students will place the red tissue
pieces all over their wax paper hearts until the heart shapes are covered.
The oil will help the
tissue pieces stick to the hearts while making the red color translucent.
Clay Dough Necklace
Mix a batch of clay dough. Children will shape their dough using cookie cutters.
Bake the clay at 225 degrees for 2 hours, rotating during and after baking them.
Shellac can be applied when the hearts are finished.
They make great necklaces.
Heart Sun Catchers
Cut two large hearts out of waxed paper for each child. Make "corn syrup paint" by
mixing red food coloring into the corn syrup.
Give the children old paintbrushes
because the mixture is very messy. Children will paint one of the hearts. When they are done
children will put the other heart on top of the painted heart. Let the creations
dry for a couple of days
and then hang them in the window. Make great "sun catchers".
Markers, construction paper (several colours), scissors, sheets of 18 x 12 heavy
white paper, large roll of clear plastic adhesive
Draw different-sized hearts onto several coloured sheets of construction paper.
Cut them out. Then, arrange the hearts in a pattern on the sheet of
white paper. Cut a piece of clear plastic adhesive large enough to cover the
paper and overlap along the edges of the placemat. Peel off the adhesive and carefully
cover the placemat with it. Tuck the "extra" clear paper onto the
underside of the placemat. Placemats are ready to use at the Valentine's Day party
or the children can take them home.
Ask the children bring shoe boxes, tissue boxes or white bakery boxes from
home to decorate for valentine mailboxes. Provide
markers, scissors and red
construction paper and craft items (pompoms,
glitter, beads, etc.) Children will decorate and personalize their mailboxes.
With an adult's help, children cut "slits" in the tops of their boxes
to complete their Valentine Mailboxes.
Cut a large heart from red or pink posterboard. Cut into several pieces,
making a puzzle. Place the Heart Puzzle at a Math center or at a
Circle Time Heart Match Game
Make a Valentine for half the number of children in the group. Cut each
heart in half in a zigzag or random fashion, so that each
cut is fairly unique and identifiable. Each child is given
part of a heart and must find his/her partner by matching the Valentine halves.
"Scent-sational" Valentine Sachet
paper, glue or stapler, cotton balls, perfume
Cut out 2 large hearts the same size. Children will decorate however they
want. Spray perfume on cotton balls. Staple or glue
around edges of hearts, leaving
an opening. Stuff the cotton balls inside. Seal the opening.
A Valentine sachet that is "scent-sational"! Makes a great gift.
Talk to children about kindness and love - make kindness/love coupons for those they
Magic Message Hearts
Children will write a secret Valentine message on a white construction paper heart with a white
crayon. They will have to press hard.
Children will exchange
construction paper hearts.
When students have received their heart, they will paint those hearts
pink or red.
A "Magic Message" will appear. A fun activity.
Place an artificial tree in an area of the classroom.
Children will create messages describing what they believe caring means.
Heart messages are hung from the branches of the tree.
Sign can be: Our
Caring Tree or We Care or (teacher's name) 2nd Grade
The tree in the classroom is useful for hanging different messages and
artwork throughout the year.
Valentine Heart Mobile
yarn (different lengths), wire hangers, construction
paper hearts, glitter, markers, stickers
The children will cut out hearts and they can decorate them in any way they wish.
Use the yarn to attach hearts to wire hanger. Heart
Hanging Valentine - "Our Class Has Heart"
Make 2 huge hearts and allow all the children decorate them. Staple
edges together, leaving an opening, and stuff with scrap paper or newspaper. Staple edge completely. Streamers (pink, red, and
white) can be attached to the bottom, a string or ribbon
on top, and hang them up. All the students print their names on the hearts and
there is an instant "Class Heart".
Sign could read: "Our Class Has Heart!"
Ask children what they think love is. Record each of their responses on
a white heart shaped piece of paper, with the caption
above it. Let the children mount the white hearts on red construction paper.
Doilies and glitter can be used to decorate the "Love Is" hearts even
more. These make great gifts.
Heart Design Prints
Each child will need various sizes of heart shapes out of white
construction paper folded in half. The children will lay their hearts out flat and place drops of red, pink, and mauve/purple paint on one half. Then,
they fold their hearts and rub the surface with their hands.
When they open
their heart shapes they will see the beautiful designs they have created.
Discuss with the children the patterns that are created on both sides of their
Heart Design prints.
Shiny Heart Prints
Give each child a large heart cut from shiny paper and let them use a
heart shaped sponge to paint heart prints on the paper.
Cut a large red heart shape from posterboard. Punch holes around the
perimeter with hole punch. Let children lace yarn through
Make several pairs of matching hearts. Cut in zigzag or any shape line.
Have children find the matching pairs. Can also do this with a capital letter on
one half and a lowercase letter on the other half. Place the Broken Hearts at a
Math Centre or at a Valentine Centre.
Class Love Book
As a small group activity, encourage the children think of someone that they love.
Students will draw these people on large sheets of construction
paper. Bind the collective the art work and make a cover with the
title, "Our Class Love Book".
Display the class "Love Book" in the book or reading area. Visitors
will enjoy seeing the collection.
Cut heart shapes out of heavy paper or construction paper. Paint hearts red,
pink, or white. Sprinkle salt on hearts while paint is still wet. Heart will
sparkle when dry.
Valentine Gift For Mom and/or Dad
Children can make Valentine gifts for Mom and/or Dad using an inexpensive
votive holder. These can be purchased at dollar stores.
Children use watered-down glue to attach
pieces of red, pink, and white tissue paper to the outside of the votive holder.
Encourage the children to completely glue down the edges of the tissue paper.
tea light and you have a votive candle.
Valentine Gift For Parents/Guardians
A week or two before you plan to complete this
activity, take pictures of each child with his/her arms spread out wide.
Cut out a red heart from heavy construction paper and a smaller one from
a paper lace doily. Glue the photo onto the lace heart
doily and the doily onto the red heart. With the words,
"I Love You This Much!", you have a cute Valentine's Day card that
comes straight from each child's heart.
Valentine Collage - Group Activity
Tear up pink, red, and white paper into little pieces.
Cut out a huge heart from posterboard. The children will glue
the torn paper all over the heart. Instant collage.
Valentine Counting Book
Use the teacher's Valentine cards to make
a counting book, a shape book, color book etc.
The students will enjoy seeing the card they gave the teacher in this book.
construction paper, scissors, paper
plates, glue, yarn or ribbon
Completed ahead of time:
Cut out different sized hearts from red and pink paper. Make sure there are lots
of them and that they are not too big. Then, cut the middle out enough of paper plates
so that each child has one.
Children will glue the hearts all over the plate to make a Valentine wreath. Make bows with some
yarn or ribbon.
A Valentine Zoo
Have students cut out hearts in all sizes. This could be used to review small,
smaller, smallest, medium, large, larger, and largest.
When a large collection
of hearts has been accumulated by each student, they will create an animal using the heart shapes.
Cats, fish, owls, and butterflies are possibilities that can be discussed before
the children "create".
Older children may be able to name their own animal and write something about
the creature. For younger students, an opportunity for "buddying" with
older students exists with the older student writing about the animal for the
If children have access to a computer lab, the "writing" could be
completed there, printed and attached to the animal.
Activities are from a variety of sources. Suitable for
children in Kindergarten to Third Grade.
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