Valentine's Day Reading Literacy Activities, Themes, and Ideas for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners

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This Valentine's Day consider including some special reading comprehension and additional literacy activities in your classroom curriculum. You'll keep your students engaged and motivated with productive work, which will keep their minds off their Valentine's cards and candy (for a few minutes anyway). Are you looking for options to use with your preschooler or kindergartener at home? All of these ideas are applicable to that setting as well. Happy Valentine's Day!

1) Spell Out Words With Letters on Paper Hearts

Simply cut out paper hearts, write a letter on each heart, and have the students spell out words with the heart letters. Depending on the skill level of the students, you may opt to have them do the cutting and writing themselves. You can keep it as basic as spelling first names or can make it more challenging, such as spelling out words from an academic unit (i.e. vocabulary words from a science unit about frogs). You can also stick to spelling Valentine's Day related vocabulary. There are a number of ideas in this article for writing that you can combine with this concept such as building a word wall and writing poems. It works perfectly on its own, too.

Valentines Day Math & Literacy Activities grades K-3

One of the best parts about using candy as a teaching material is that you can eat it when you're finished with the lesson.
One of the best parts about using candy as a teaching material is that you can eat it when you're finished with the lesson. | Source

2) Hunt for Matching Letters / Numbers on Candy Kisses

Students will have so much fun hunting all over the classroom (or even all over the school if you decide to expand the hunt a little further) that they won't even realize that they're learning. Matching letters and numbers is a great method for building 1:1 correspondence. You can also take this game one step further by creating clues for finding the candy kisses. Don't forget to eat at least a few pieces of candy when you've finished with the hunt.

3) Read Valentine's Day Poems and Rhymes

There are a wide variety of Valentine's Day poems and rhymes available online. If you're able to find some books as well, include them in your free reading selections so that students can check them out on their own throughout the day. If you have students who are able to read independently, give them the option of choosing a poem to read out loud to the class. Alternatively, consider working together as a class to memorize a short poem or rhyme.

In addition to rhyming, you can work on any of the following skill sets, particularly with older students.

Skill Sets
Synonyms / Antonyms
Homonyms
Homophones
Words That Start With / End With the Same Letter

4) Brainstorm Rhyming Words With a Valentine's Day Theme

Don't stress about creating entire word lists filled with Valentine's Day words. Simply pick a Valentine's Day word such as "love" and then brainstorm rhyming words. If you are interested in modifying this activity for older students, consider the ideas listed on the right. Don't be afraid to expand the concept for additional grammatical skills that your students are currently studying.

What kind of Valentine's Day poems can you write?

Just a Few Ideas
Haiku
Acrostic
Alphabet
Rhyming

5) Write or Complete Your Own Valentine's Day Poems

If you are writing poems with preschoolers or kindergartens, you will most likely want to keep it simple, which is why I've limited the poem suggestions on the right. Of course if you are working with older students or are looking for something more challenging, don't feel limited to this. Alternatively, leave out the words to popular poems and have students try to fill in the correct words or let them have fun making up their own silly versions instead.

6) Read Valentine's Day Books

There is no limit to the kids book available for most holidays, and Valentine's Day is no exception. Don't forget to visit the library or swap a few titles with a fellow teacher to mix up the selection available for your students. Consider group read alouds, partner and small group reads, and silent reading throughout the day.

Clifford's First Valentine's Day: Book Reading

7) Sing Valentine's Day Songs

Cultivate your young students' interest in music and songs by introducing a few new songs on a regular basis throughout the school year. If you're hesitant to sing by yourself in front of your students, sing along with a recording or team up with a fellow teacher and sing together.

Valentine's Day | 5 Little Hearts Valentine Song

Finger puppets are a great option for a story retelling.
Finger puppets are a great option for a story retelling. | Source

8) Retell A Favorite or Act Out Your Own Valentine's Day Story with Props, Costumes, Etc.

Put on a little Valentine's Day play. You can choose a favorite Valentine's Day story or have kids make up their own stories. Story dictation is a wonderful pre-reading activity for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Have students tell stories to you individually and write them down or work as a class to write a story. Get creative with your costumes, scenery, and props. Consider acting out your play for another class in the school.

9) Write Your Own Valentine's Day Cards

While you may not want to take the time to have students create enough Valentine's Day cards to hand out to their entire class, it is easy enough to have students pick a single person as a card recipient. Consider someone who is not in the class (i.e. mom, grandma) to avoid hurt feelings. Have students dictate or copy messages and then personalize the rest of their cards.

10) Trace Valentine's Day Words

If you have a handwriting font on your computer, you can create digital templates to print out for your students. If you don't, it's simple enough to create a master copy with tracing paper. Don't forget to save it for next year!

Adding Valentine's Day words to an existing wall or creating a separate holiday word wall will help students with their cards, poems, stories, etc.
Adding Valentine's Day words to an existing wall or creating a separate holiday word wall will help students with their cards, poems, stories, etc. | Source

11) Create a Valentine's Day Word Wall or Add Valentine's Words to an Existing Wall

Do you have a word wall going in your classroom? Take a few minutes today to add some special Valentine's Day words. Your students will be able to use them for their cards, poems, and stories today and for additional writing activities later. If you don't already have a word wall, consider creating a small one for Valentine's Day.

12) Complete Valentine's Day Writing Prompts or Write Original Stories

Writing an entire story from scratch is an overwhelming task for many students, particularly students as young as preschool and kindergarten. Offer writing prompts to get students started. At age four or five, "stories" do not have to consist of more than a few sentences. Again, story dictation or having students choose to copy sentences that they brainstormed is fine. Give students the option of adding illustrations to their stories after they have finished their writing.

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Tina Truelove 3 years ago

Great ideas for preschoolers and Kindergarteners. I am bookmarking this one and I will use some of these ideas with my preschoolers . . . and voting up and useful. Thank you.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's great, Tina! Thanks!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

What great ideas. I passed them on to my daughter and the local elementary school. Thanks for sharing. Up, useful and interesting.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, KoffeeKlatch Gals! I appreciate that.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love this hub related with Valentines Day and activities for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much, Prasetio! I'm glad to hear it.


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cclitgirl 2 years ago from Western NC

Great hub for teachers. I know LOTS of elementary teachers who might enjoy this. :)


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randomcreative 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Cyndi! That's great. :)

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