Organizing a kid’s Valentine’s Day party but want it to be fun while infusing a bit of education? Check out these five must-try ideas below.
Love to Read
Read Valentine’s Day books that help foster children’s imagination and creativity. Some classic Valentine’s Day books with notable authors include: Franklin’s Valentines by Paulette Bourgeois, Little Critter: Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter! by Mercer Mayer, Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine by Herman Parish, The Valentines Bears Gift Edition by Eve Bunting, Snowy Valentine by David Peterson and an all-time favorite, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli.
1 + 1 = You
Create a candy heart pattern worksheet using conversation hearts. Each of the letters on the worksheet (A, B, C) will represent different colored candy hearts. For example, an ABA pattern, where A represents pink and B represents green would look like: pink, green, pink, pink, green, pink, pink, green, pink. Students are encouraged to decide the color and letter of the pattern. Afterwards they can snack on the conversation hearts!
Mad about You
Create Mad Libs with a Valentine’s Day theme. Children can personalize them for their friends and family members, and this gives them a project to take home and share with their loved ones.
Map Your Love
Students tend to struggle with geography so during your Valentine’s Day celebration, bring out a big map of the U.S. and let students take turns placing hearts on the states they know. If their answer is incorrect, take the opportunity to tell them the correct name of the state and provide some fun facts about the state to help them remember it. For example, if they get Illinois wrong, explain it’s the land of Abraham Lincoln—the16th president and home to Chicago, the third-largest city in the USA.
Do a conversation heart experiment. Let the students observe what happens when they dunk candy hearts into different liquids. Try salt with water, vinegar, honey or baking soda with water. Let the student’s hypothesis the experiments. Or begin a conversation about eco-conservation by handing out Yowie—a chocolate treat that comes with a leaflet picturing a real-life animal, the level of endangerment and fun facts. Kids can go around the room and read the fact sheets about each different type of animal and start a conversation about what they can do to help endangered species.
Organizing a children’s school holiday party and turning the experience into an educational one where they associate learning as fun, is quick and easy!