Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the educational activities included in this Valentines Day Countdown. It includes 10 Valentine’s Day activities for kids that will make learning fun in the month of February!
I don’t know about you, but it is hard for my kids to wait for holidays or celebrations. Counting down can be a simple way and fun way to stay busy and minimize the question of “How many more days?”. These preschool Valentine’s Day activities are quick to prepare, easy to implement, and fun to do!
Fun Valentine’s Day Activities
Heart Counting Game from Tons of Fun
You will need these simple materials: heart shaped printable and pom poms, cotton balls, or blocks
In this game, young children will stand above the shape of a heart and drop 3 pom poms aiming for the heart. They will then count how many landed on the heart and how many missed. This is a great way for preschoolers to experience combinations of 3 and build number sense. Older kids may be ready to drop and count groups of 5 or 10.
Roll and Cover Valentine’s Day Dice Game. This game board uses 1 die, but there is also a free printable dice game that uses 2 dice for an extra Math challenge. These free printables can be used in small groups. They are great for counting and number recognition practice.
Roll a Love Bug Game from Teaching Heart Blog
We love this type of dice game! You will need the printable, 1 die, and crayons or markers. Laminate it and uses dry erase makers to do it over and over again. Plus it is easy to erase if a child isn’t happy with a line or detail they drew.
Cut hearts out of paper and then cut them in half. Write the number on one side and the corresponding number of dots on the other side. Challenge your child to count the dots and find the matching number. For younger preschoolers start with just a few hearts and lower numbers.
Heart Matching from Preschool Printables
I love how simple this activity is to prepare and how great it is for visual discrimination practice.
Heart Color Sorting from Making Learning Fun
A fun sorting activity! Download, print, and get started.
Heart Candy Sort and Count from Teaching Tiny Tots
They offer a page for sorting and counting conversation hearts and then this graph and count page that I love. What an awesome resource! I don’t know a preschooler that doesn’t want to try an activity that involves candy!
Heart Pattern Block Activity from Making Learning Fun
If you don’t have pattern blocks, print two copies and cut the shapes out of one of the copies to use as the block.
Free Printable Valentine Counting Cards from Free Preschool Printables
Valentine’s Day Literacy Activities for Preschoolers
Heart Alphabet Matching from Pre-K Fun
Download, print, and cut this puzzle to get ready. Print them on colored paper if possible. Match the capital letters to the correct lowercase letters. This is an easy way to practice letter recognition.
Water Color Secret Messages from Better Homes and Gardens
The curiosity of what the secret message will be is fun for any age. Write a message, a name, a letter, or even a fun picture on paper hearts for your child to discover. Use a white crayon to write it and they paint watercolors to reveal it.
Go on a Heart Hunt from The Activity Mom
The hearts game can be used to practice letters, numbers, name identification, sorting, etc. We wrote different words on hearts that we made from pieces of paper. We used construction paper.
Then, as we hunted for each family member that we love, we read the words together and sorted them. This is the perfect way to strengthen literacy skills and is great for emergent readers. I love easy activities like this.
Valentines Day Heart Scavenger Hunt from The Activity Mom
I made this scavenger hunt to work inside at almost every home. Hide a treat or surprise at the end. It is so much fun! Kids of all ages love scavenger hunts.
Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts for Preschoolers
Make a Valentine’s Day Suncatcher craft using contact paper and tissue paper. Your preschoolers will love making this heart craft. It is one of our favorite valentine crafts. Cut two pieces of contact paper into the shape of a heart. Encourage your child to stick tissue paper onto the contact paper. When they are finished, stick the hearts together (the sticky parts on the inside toward each other) and hang it up. This easy craft looks beautiful in the window.
This simple valentine craft is perfect for preschoolers because they can paint for as long as they want and wherever they want, but the letters that spell love will still appear in the finished product.
Try Cookie Cutter Painting! Use the cookie cutters like a stamp. Dip them into paint on a tray and stamp it onto the paper. You can also make heart stamps using toilet paper tubes if you don’t have cookie cutters.
Preschoolers love to make their own Valentine’s Day Card. I set out paper hearts already cut out as well as hearts that are drawn for them to cut out. They enjoy glueing different things onto the heart such as tissue paper, stickers, glitter, and sequins.
Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Activities
Pushing beads into dough is an excellent fine motor activity!
Check out my 15 Fine Motor Skill Valentine Activities
Rescue the Hearts fine motor skills challenge from Happy Toddler Playtime
Thread pipe cleaners with heart shaped beads to make bracelets.
Punch holes in a styrofoam plate in a heart shape. Challenge your preschoolers to sew and lace ribbon and yarn through the holes. There are different ways to do this challenge, but let each child explore and try it how they are interested in doing it.
Valentine’s Day Sensory Play
Heart Sensory Bag from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Make Heart Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands
sensory bin – sensory activities – sensory bottles
Hidden Hearts Cloud Dough from Days with Grey
We hope you love these fun Valentine’s Day ideas as much as we do and that you use them to make learning fun all month long! Whether you are in a preschool classroom or at home learning with your preschooler, we hope you will have a great time with these Valentine activities.
Tuesday 24th of January 2012
My kids will enjoy these!! Thanks for sharing these cute ideas!
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Monday 23rd of January 2012
My kids would love the roll and draw a love bug game!
Monday 23rd of January 2012
I love all the hunt idea!