Below are five educational activities for your students to have fun with at your class Valentine Party!
1. Warm Fuzzy Combinations
This Valentine’s Day lesson is all about color combinations and probability. First, have students create their very own warm fuzzy pet! All you need are cotton pom pom balls, paper cut out hearts, googly eyes, and glue. (To go along with the probability activity, you will need red, pink, and purple pom pom balls, as well as red, pink, and purple cut out hearts.)
First, have students glue the colored puff ball on top of the paper heart. Next they glue the googly eyes. Then they construct their pet, have students fill out a warm fuzzy birth certificate!
After students have officially adopted their pet, tell them to take a look around the room at all the different combinations! Have them make a prediction about how many different color combinations of warm fuzzies there can be using the colors red, pink, and purple.
After they have made a prediction, pass out red, pink, and purple crayons to each student. Click here for a printable sheet to help students figure out the different color combos (save to desktop and print). Was their prediction correct?! Point out that they just made a multiplication array! Have them count the rows and columns of warm fuzzies they colored in. They should have 3 rows and 3 columns of warm fuzzies colored, giving them the answer of 9! There are 9 different color combinations!
2. Mystery Heart Messages
Students write secret messages on white cardstock hearts with white crayons. They pass out their hearts. Peers use watercolor to decipher the mystery message.
3. Tape Resist Heart: Measuring Project
Note: If you’re working with older students, have them measure their angles with a protractor.
4. Cupid’s Arrows
This fun Valentine’s day science activity comes from Smmart Ideas! All you need are straws and q-tips! To add math, have students estimate the distance they think they can shoot their “arrow.” Then, have them measure the actual distance. To incorporate geometry, have students try holding their straw at different angles. What angle shot the arrow the farthest distance? Visit Smmart Ideas for the science behind this experiment!
5. Candy Heart Brainstorming
Invite your students to come up with an original saying to have on a candy heart. What would they say? Students have to think about the actual size of a candy heart. Will their saying fit? Students record their ideas on sticky notes and stick them on the board. Then the class can take a vote on which saying they like the best.