As an experienced teacher, I understand the magnitude of holidays within the classroom. One of my favorite holidays to celebrate with my class is Valentine’s Day. I find that Valentine’s Day is a day where parents want to know what their children can bring to school to share with their peers, or parents inquire about how they can help in a “Valentine’s Day” celebration. This article provides you with a few tips on how to organize a successful Valentine’s Day celebration.
If you have a class newsletter, include a section about Valentine’s Day. You can mention a list of treats that are acceptable to bring into the classroom, as some schools have policies about which snacks are safe to distribute.
I suggest bringing "treats" that are not for eating, such as pencils, erasers, stickers, cards, etc. This is helpful in limiting sugar consumption. If students are allowed to bring edible treats, I would suggest that the treats are individually wrapped and can be easily distributed and put into goody bags.
Cookie Decorating Party
Hosting a cookie decorating party is another fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Parents are welcome to volunteer—and kids will love being creative with their cookies. Here is a list of items needed to create some delicious Valentine's Day cookies:
-Plain cookies (already baked and large enough to decorate)
-Popsicle sticks or plastic knives (to spread icing)
-Small bags (for decorated cookies to be transported home)
Selecting Valentine’s Day read alouds are a great way to incorporate the holiday. Whether you're planning on ‘going big’ for the day, or keeping it very ‘low key,’ you can’t go wrong with incorporating books about love and/or Valentine’s Day.
Take-Home Bag Decorating
With many treats being brought to school, it’s important for kids to have a way to store all their goodies. An easy craft would be to give each student a paper bag and allow them to decorate it. They can use crayons, markers, stickers, or whatever material you have available for them. Kids can then place their bags on their desk while their friends go around the class and drop goodies into each other's bags.
Meleah Campbell is a kindergarten teacher from California and is also a 2019–2020 Carson Dellosa Education Brand Ambassador.