How to Plan a Classroom Valentine's Party
Were you given the task of planning your child’s classroom Valentine’s party? If so, you are among thousands of other parents! My oldest son just started kindergarten this year and I am in charge of planning the parties for the school year. I would like to share what I have learned so far…..
1. Ask Questions
- How many kids are in the class?
- Are there any allergies?
- How long will the party last?
2. Make a Schedule
Next, I think it is wise to schedule the party. Not that you are going to make these kids follow your schedule to a T, but to make sure that you have enough activities planned! We are given an hour for our party, so I like to have 6 activities planned and time for snacks.
Here are some great activities that I found for kindergarten:
1. Find Your Heart Mate- Each child will draw a card from a hat. The children will make the sound of the animal on their card. Students will need to listen for their animal sound.
2. Heart Hop- You will need two heart shaped pillows. Divide the students into two groups. Students will need to put the pillow between their legs and hop to the line and back. First team to finish wins.
3. Heart Tic Tac Toe- Cut out one big heart to use as the tic tac toe board and several smaller hearts of two different colors to use as pieces.
4. Minute to Win It- Students will use a straw to move m&m's from one cup to the other.
5. Heart Lava- Students will use two hearts to move across the room. The team to get across and back first, wins.
6. Broken Heart- Using a tissue paper heart, students will pass the heart from one person to the next using a clothespin without breaking the heart.
All of these crafts are super easy!!
1. Valentine Candy Crown- I am going to have the hearts pre-cut with the sayings(like the conversation hearts) written on them. When the students come to this station, I will have them pick the hearts that will make up their crown and then they will construct it. They will be able to wear the crown for the rest of the party.
2. Pipe Cleaner Heart-shaped Goggles- You will need 3 pipe cleaners per student and you just bend the frames into hearts. The students will also wear these for the party!
3. Tissue Paper Carnations- If you are like me and save the tissue paper from gifts (just in case) then this craft will be free! The children can make these flowers and give them as a gift to mom or someone at home!
I like to keep snacks pretty simple so the students aren't getting a bunch of junk food!
Teddy Grahams- "Bear Hugs"
Trail Mix- "Sweetheart Snack Mix"
Apple Juice- "You're the Apple of My Eye"