Unless you’ve decided to become the big-meanie sugar police on Valentine’s Day you probably expect that your children will, at some point, come crashing down from a sugar high or two, or ten.
How about we provide a little balance with some fun, heart-themed, sugar-free activities that also sneak in a little extra cognitive enrichment? You know, the kind of learning development that ISN’T happening when our kids are hyped up on candy.
I rounded up some Valentine’s Day printables (and more) for you to make them a little easier to find. Some of these you’ve seen before here at Inner Pieces Gallery. Plus, at the end of the list I added a few extra bonus activities from some amazing teacher-authors. Choose your favorite or choose them all.
And look Ma, no cavities!
From The Free Printables Collection
Find the following skill-building Valentine’s Day activities in The Free Printables Collection:
Children search for patterned hearts on this busy page, then color each one the designated color. It’s a fun way to check if visual figure ground skills or visual discrimination may need some extra practice.
These heart-themed bookmarks aren’t reserved only for Valentine’s Day. Print them and let the kids color them anytime you want to share some love. Of course, the grown-ups are always free to color, too!
Are your kids more the DIY type when it comes to handing out Valentine’s Day cards? Children will enjoy transforming their cut and color mosaic heart into its own mini envelope. Plus, it’s the perfect size to include a miniature treat.
From The Inspiring Children’s Book Finds Collection
Okay, so this one doesn’t qualify as a “printable” in this printable roundup but I had to make sure it made the list. Find this wonderful heart-themed book in The Inspiring Children’s Book Finds Collection.
This book was love at first sight. It quietly encourages us to embrace a little childlike wonder while we enjoy a kind of visual discrimination treasure hunt. With hearts! What fun! Need to find a heartwarming Valentine’s Day gift for a sweet person in your life? This is it!
From Inner Pieces Gallery at TPT
Find these holiday-themed activities in my Teachers Pay Teachers store:
I love helping children build cognitive connections without them actually realizing they are building cognitive connections.
That’s what these skill-building activities disguised as fun pages can do.
From visual skills to working memory and more, help your child strengthen learning abilities all in the name of fun. And if the kids ask for more, I’ve got you covered!
Write messages on the back and use them as lunchbox notes.
Cut them in half and let your child draw the other half. This might sound like a fun art project but it also builds visual closure skills.
Instead of playing the traditional memory game, use 2-7 different cards in a row. Show the row of cards for 2-7 seconds and see how many your child can remember. This helps strengthen visual sequential memory skills.
Use the cards as part of a collage for a new theme every month.
The possibilities are unlimited.
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At last, the bonus activities I mentioned earlier…
From Talented TPT Authors
Find these fun, educational activities for young learners at Teachers Pay Teachers:
From Malissa’s Teachers Mall
Can your young detectives solve the mystery of the Missing Valentine Card? Good listening skills required. Logic, reasoning, and the process of elimination play an important role in this group game. Perfect for an entire class or anywhere children gather! Also available in a larger clue game bundle.
From Can’t Stop Smiling
You’ll find fun printables for your 3rd and 4th graders related to math and language arts, including grammar, addition, multiplication, writing prompts, poem writing and more. A separate version for grade 1 and 2 is also available.
From Kiki’s Classroom
Cupcakes, candies and treats offer such a sweet way for 3rd graders to practice their basic grammar skills. Includes Silly Sentences, Name Those Nouns, Connect the Verbs, Uncle Bubba’s Bakery, and more. Yum! Also available in a larger Valentine’s Day bundle.
From Emily Conroy
These aren’t just any Valentine’s Day-themed coloring pages. Your elementary music students will enjoy coloring by note (remember color by number?) and musical math. Don’t have a budding musician at home? No problem. These are fun for everyone.
That’s all for now.
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