I don’t know about you, but we are gearing up for Valentine’s Day. As I was thinking about it I wanted to organize all of our Valentine’s Day posts into one place, and our ideas for Homeschool Valentine’s Day as part of my continuing Homeschooling through the Holidays.
I’m going to admit right off some of my best Valentine’s Day activities came from
stealing, I mean borrowing from others for ideas. I’ve pinned most of these great ideas onto my Valentine’s Day Pinterest board.
Valentine’s Day craft projects
When the kiddos were little I did lots of craft projects with them, not so much now as our homeschooling has gotten more intense, but we do still pull out craft projects from time to time.
- Valentine’s Day craft necklaces– these are simple and fun to make, and a short time working gets you several necklaces, we gave them out at our Valentine’s Day party
- Valentine’s Day flower card– It amazes me to look back at how little my kids are.
- Valentine’s Day love bugs– We used some of our leftover hearts from the previous craft to make some bugs, they go great with the Valentine Bugs book
- Valentine’s Day crayons– I ruined a cupcake mold making this, but it was still fun and worth it (okay, it’s probably not ruined, but I did need to wash it very well)
- Kid-Made Valentines– My kids had so much fun making these, and pairing it with lollipops made it an even bigger hit.
This year we are participating in the Valentine’s Mixed Media class, we had a lot of fun with the Winter Wonderland class (we are still working on some projects), and I like being able to outsource our art classes. I highly recommend clicking on the picture below and joining us.
Valentine’s Day school projects
There’s a good deal of learning you can do with Valentine’s Day. It can be as simple as putting your math problems on hearts (a big hit with my daughter when she was younger), or as complex as getting into graphing.
- Conversation heart graphing– I think every elementary school teacher has done this
- History of St. Valentine’s Day– I learned so much when we did this lesson, forget the kids I learned about the history of Valentine’s Day.
Another bit of fun I want to try out this year is Frugal Fun 4 Boys kindness devotional, it was on my to-do list last year and we got behind, so I want to give it a go this year.
Valentine’s Day books
Unlike Christmas and maybe Halloween there aren’t a lot of good Valentine’s Day books for older kids. But, I have several that were wildly popular when the kids were back in preschool.
- Day It Rained Hearts– I love the imagination of this book, it just makes me smile all the ways she uses the hearts
- Love Bugs Mini Edition– the bug books are silly and fun, that’s the only purpose
- If You’ll Be My Valentine– the little boy in this book is so sweet, and he really wants a Valentine
- Mouse’s First Valentine– I loved this book when the kiddos were little, it’s such a great way to work on predicting and figuring it out.
- Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!-I’m gonna confess we didn’t have this book when the kids were little, but I love this series and had to include it because of my love of this author
- Valentine Mice! board book– there’s a whole series of these mice books for holidays, and I have owned at one point or another almost the entire series.
- Calendar Mysteries #2: February Friend– Superman swears by the Calendar Club mysteries, and has collected almost all of these (I lied, there are a couple of early chapter books that I just remembered, we give our kids books for Valentine’s Day)
- Ellie’s Lovely Idea (The Critter Club)– Princess is collecting as many of the Critter Club books she can, this was her first one and it is a Valentine theme book
Do you have any activities you do with your older kids for a homeschool Valentine’s Day? These past few years I’ve felt bad because we haven’t really done as much for Valentine’s Day. But this week I’m working to come up with more projects and ideas for us to do.