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Celebrate Valentine's Day with Four Kindness Activities

Kelly shares four of her favorite activities for celebrating Valentine’s Day with her elementary students. Each activity is centered around the theme of kindness. Consider trying these activities with your students so that February 14th is more about showing appreciation than candy and cards.

Kindness Activity Feature

Valentine’s Day is all about love, and what shows love in the elementary classroom more than simple acts of kindness? This Valentine’s Day incorporate teaching about kindness into your classroom with these simple ideas.

Persuasive Writing

Help your kids practice Persuasive Writing with a fun version of “love letters.” In these letters, students make a claim like “my mom and dad are the best” and then list three reasons to support their opinion. I differentiate this lesson by giving students a claim or allowing students to write their own. As a bonus, this is a great valentine gift idea students can share with their parents.

Reasons why Mom & Dad are the best

Make a Kindness Quilt

Read the book The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Ask students to brainstorm ways they are kind and document their responses on a quilt square. Students may enjoy partnering with another class to make their quilt larger and build community within your school as well. Use the sentence starter: I am kind when to help students get started and provide additional support.

Kindness quilt

Record 100 Acts of Kindness

Valentine’s Day often falls around the 100th day of school. You can celebrate both at the same time with a hundreds chart record of classroom acts of kindness. Have students use a bingo dot marker or stickers to record when they see another classmate do something kind. To extend the kindness to the whole community, try to collect 100 cans for a local food pantry.

100 Acts of Kindness

Read All About Kindness

There are so many great picture books that demonstrate different ways we can all be kind. Here are some of my favorites:

Here are some additional resources for celebrating Valentine's Day with your students: Valentine's Day Activity Packet, Valentine's Day Math Word Problems, and Top Valentine's Day Printables for K-8.

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Author Bio

Kelly Hiltz is a kindergarten teacher and mom of two boys in Massachusetts. Her happiest days are spent outside with a good book and a swim. She blogs about positive parent/teacher relationships at Ask a Teacher Mom.

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