Valetine's Day is a wonderful time to practice many skills related to literacy, as well as an opportunity to develop numeracy, social interaction, fine motor, language, and cognitive concepts. Making, writing, and reading Valentine's Day cards has long been a favorite way to celebrate the day and here are some of our other favorite ideas. We hope you'll share your ideas with us too!
Preschool teacher Katie Armstrong shares lots of ideas for Valentine's Day activities for children who are blind or visually impaired, including:
- Heart 1:1 Correspondence
- Valetine Toothpick Work Tray
- Simple Dry Transfer with a Valentine's Flare
- Valentine/Sticker Work
- Dry Pouring and Scooping
- Valentine's Sensory Bin
This idea from Cindy's Corner offers a concrete way for students to understand Valentine's messages. These activities help to develop language skills through an understanding of idomatic language and puns. Examples include:
- I go bananas over you!
- You are the apple of my eye
- Orange you glad it's Valentine's Day?
- I go bananas over you
- We make a great pair!
- You make my heart go pop
- You warm my heart
Parent Kimberly Schildbach shares her ideas on WonderBaby.org for creating a tacile love book. She created this book to welcome her future adopted daughter into her family.