As Valentine’s Day draws closer, husbands search for the perfect box of chocolates. Wives scout out the perfect romantic card. And parent volunteers start looking for the perfect way to entertain a classroom filled with excited schoolkids. The key to a successful party is careful planning.
To effectively plan a fun and well-organized Valentine’s Day party, the following elements must be included: hands-on activity, a holiday story, Valentine games, and tasty treats. These four components can be set up in separate stations or the children can participate as a class.
Valentine’s Day Activities
Wise classroom volunteers know the importance of keeping children busy. As children are given the opportunity to move and participate, they will be more manageable. Getting kids involved deters misbehavior and encourages cooperation.
Preschool and primary grade students will enjoy creating a heart wall mural or tissue paper carnations.
Older kids will enjoy making candy-grams. Providing an assortment of candy bars, cardstock, markers and glue, party organizers can encourage children to make a Valentine for a friend or family member. They can use the names of the candy as inspiration for their messages, for example “No SNICKERS about it, you are my sweet Valentine!”
Valentine’s Day Games
Almost any children’s game can be adapted to become a Valentine’s Day game. Kids will have fun playing “Hot and Cold” with a stuffed bear or plastic heart. “Heart, Heart, Cupid” is an easy version of “Duck, Duck Goose” that small children always enjoy.
Older elementary students can play a Famous Couples Match Game. Finding the right partner for Mickey Mouse or Juliet or Prince Charming will be a satisfying challenge, especially when solved with a friend.
Heart shaped Bingo cards are easy to create. Children can use conversation hearts as markers. Or they can use the candies to write creative Valentine messages or stories.
Children’s Books for Valentine’s Day
When classroom parties get a bit out of hand, a calming story or two is the perfect solution. Mothers and fathers can settle excited children after a busy activity with some age-appropriate holiday books.
Valentine Stories for Young Children:
- Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane Degroat (Harper Collins, 1997)
- The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond (Harper Collins, 2006)
- The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll (Cartwheel Books, 2006)
Older kids will enjoy the following books:
- Valentine’s Day by Kathryn A. Imler (Heinemann Educational, 2008)
- The Heart by Kathleen Elgin (Littlehampton Books, 1970)
- Olive You! And Other Valentine Knock-Knock Jokes by Katy Hall, Lisa Eisenberg and Stephen Carpenter (Harper Festival, 2000)
Valentine’s Day Treats
Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and good treats are too! Every party needs some fun refreshments, especially at Valentine time. A few healthy and delicious snacks will be the perfect finale to a great celebration.
Students always have fun creating their own snacks. Unfrosted cookies or cupcakes can be supplied along with frosting, sprinkle and mini marshmallows. Or small cups of vanilla yogurt and fresh sliced fruit and granola can be served.
With a bit of advanced planning and organization, parents and other volunteers can organize a very successful Valentine’s Day party. Including hands-on activities, holiday games, Valentine’s Day stories and tasty treats will guarantee a memorable class party.