Valentine’s Day Unit Ideas (for Preschool and Kindergarten)
Posted by homeschoolmentormom on January 24, 2011
Valentines Day will be here before we know it! It’s time to get ready now. Here are some ideas to make your Valentine’s Day tons of fun–I’ve added more art ideas and pictures for this year’s post! Here we go:
Homemade Valentines: (Important tip: If you are going to have your children craft your own cards this year, be sure to allow plenty of time–especially if you are going to mail them. Don’t try to make them all the night before you need them!) Making your own Valentines is fun and easy. Best of all, it gives children a way to express their love for others. Materials you will need: Heavy cardstock (cut to 3×5) or folded paper of varous sizes (for the card base), stickers, pre-cut hearts, small lace doily hearts, etc. Look HERE for specific/more elaborate ideas.
Books to read: A Friend is Someone Who Likes You, by Joan Walsh Auglund
A Kiss for Little Bear, by Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak
(We also love Otto Shares a Tear, by the same author.)
Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch (this is so sweet…a real tear jerker for us moms!)
Valentine’s Day Is, by Gail Gibbons (history of the holiday)
Valentine’s Day Is… by Gail Gibbons
The Valentine Bears, by Eve Bunting
A post office theme is a traditional part of Valentine’s Day. It’s fun to make a prop box for this—including envelopes, stickers (for pretend stamps), a grocery bag with handles (mail bag), and a box with slits in the front to put mail IN, and an opening in the back to take mail OUT. Some families make their own “family mailboxes” so that they can send “love notes” to each other year round! A good book to read for this is The Post Office Book: Mail and How it Moves, by Gail Gibbons.
-Paint with red and white, and make pink. Talk about color mixing and name each color.
-Make heart people and animals: Cut hearts of various shapes and sizes. Also have google eyes, pom-poms, and felt tipped pens available. Use these to make your heart people/animals (it’s a good idea to have your children lay out their ideas before gluing.) These creations are only limited by your imagination; here are some pictures of some we have made in the past (below).
Alternate idea: Make Valentine people out of playing cards. Find the Queen of Hearts and other cards in the heart suit. Use a Sharpie Pen to draw a nose and mouth; add google eyes. We added pipe cleaner arms and legs, too. So cute!
-Marble painted hearts: Cut a heart shape our of white or pink paper. Place the heart in a shallow box (we use masking tape to secure it to the bottom of the box.) Mix up some tempera paint (not too thin-not too thick–preferred colors are red, pink, and purple.) Using a spoon, dip one marble at a time into the paint mixture, then gently drop it onto the heart. Move the box from side to side to make lines on the heart. Repeat with the other colors, as desired. After the heart has dried, glue it onto a larger piece of paper to make a card.
Have fun! ~Susan
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