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How to Plan a Classroom Valentine's Party

Updated on June 18, 2013

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

  1. How many kids are in the class?
  2. Are there any allergies?
  3. 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:

Games

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.

Crafts

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!

Snacks

I like to keep snacks pretty simple so the students aren't getting a bunch of junk food!

Some ideas:

Teddy Grahams- "Bear Hugs"

Trail Mix- "Sweetheart Snack Mix"

Apple Juice- "You're the Apple of My Eye"


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    • stephanieb27 profile imageAUTHOR

      stephanieb27 

      5 years ago from United States

      Teaches12345, thanks!!! I remember making the tissue hearts in Girl Scouts! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I remember Valentine's day was a favorite time of year for me as a teacher. Love your suggestions and ideas for making this day special for the students. The games are fun, especially the tissue heart.

    • stephanieb27 profile imageAUTHOR

      stephanieb27 

      5 years ago from United States

      Mhatter99, thanks for reading and commenting! I love being able to help out the teacher too!

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I was pleased to be of help to my children's teachers to make their parties successful.

    • stephanieb27 profile imageAUTHOR

      stephanieb27 

      5 years ago from United States

      I knew you were a former teacher, I guess I always assumed it was high school. Middle school.....WOW! I always said that is the one area that would definitely be a challenge for me!!!

      Thanks for reading!!! :)

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fifteen years of middle school...fifteen Valentine's Day parties....I am so glad I'm done with that aspect of teaching.

      Of course, if you had been on the staff with me, I would have paid you to plan for me, and then I would have liked them much better. :)

      Good stuff here Steph!

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