Pre-K & Preschool theme ideas for Valentines Day
Queen of Hearts Nursery Rhyme
The queen of hearts,
She made some tarts
All on a summer’s day.
The knave of hearts,
He stole those tarts
And took them clean away.
The simplest Valentine holder is a white lunch bag. Children decorate their bag with heart doilies, Valentine stickers, paper hearts, and crayons.
Read about how to make these mailboxes with recyclables.
I trace a heart onto white paper with a black Sharpie. Children put red and pink tissue paper squares on the heart by painting over the pieces with liquid starch. When they are dry, the children cut out the heart.
Every year (so far), the Dollar Tree has had these doily hearts. The children painted these using Colorations liquid watercolor with Q-tips. The Q-tips worked great with the liquid watercolor.
Valentines Class Book
Children dictate the rest of the sentence: “I love ___” and draw a picture to illustrate. To make our class books, I use “presentation book covers” from an office supply store or Walmart. It has a sturdy plastic cover with a clear insert, and the pages are also clear inserts. I just slip in a page for the front cover, and slip in the children’s pages inside. These can be reused.
This is an activity that goes with any theme. Choose a book that goes with the theme, and have the children retell the story.
Read the blog post here for details: story retelling
I use a heart shaped Martha Stewart craft puncher to cut out the pieces from construction paper. Give each child a bowl of assorted paper cutouts. Have them sort the paper cutouts onto the sorting sheet and glue them on.
I use a heart shaped Martha Stewart craft puncher to cut out the pieces from construction paper. Children glue the cutouts on the paper pattern strip. You can do AB, AABB, ABC, ABB, AAB, etc.
I use a heart shaped Martha Stewart craft puncher to cut out the pieces from construction paper. Print out the numeral sheets. Have children count out the correct amount of paper cutouts to glue onto the numeral.
How Many Hearts
[Math, Large Group]
Cut about ten pink and ten red hearts from construction paper or craft foam and place the hearts on the floor. Call on two children to come collect some hearts: “Zoe, come find 2 pink hearts. Brady come find 4 red hearts.” Ask the children to lay the hearts on the floor in a row and have the class count together to see how many hearts there are in all.
Queen of Hearts Tarts
Children make their own tarts by mixing two spoonfuls of cream cheese with two spoonfuls of strawberry preserves in a cup. They spread the mixture onto vanilla wafers, and add red hots.
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