Using Books, Writing and Crafts To Celebrate Valentine's Day

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Feb 13, 2014 7:52:40 AM

English Language Arts Ideas for Valentine's Day

Writing Ideas For Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day is a wonderful time of year to get children writing. Children can write cards and letters to family and friends. Letters and poems can be sent in the mail to relatives and friends. Students can make handmade cards to give to classmates and teachers. Encouraging children to make handmade cards helps them to develop their writing skills.

Children should be encouraged to utilize descriptive words in their writing. Posting and referencing a word list helps students to create interesting writing pieces.

Valentine's Day Word List

  • adore
  • admire
  • angel
  • be mine
  • beloved
  • box of chocolates
  • charmed
  • cherish
  • darling
  • devotion
  • desire
  • embrace
  • enamored
  • fondness
  • flowers
  • friendship
  • gift
  • greeting
  • heart
  • infatuation
  • kiss
  • love
  • moonstruck
  • poem
  • rose
  • smitten
  • sweetheart
  • secret admirer
  • tender
  • woo
  • yearning

Encourage students to add words to the word list. Students can look for related words when reading the Valentine's Day books below.

Crafts That Celebrate Valentine's Day


Children love to make crafts. Using everyday objects can help to create affordable art projects. In the picture above, a student decorated a toilet paper holder to make an adorable pink butterfly. Decorating paper lunch bags with pink and red tissue paper can turn them into a beautiful gift for the parents when students glue a poem on it. A shoebox covered with red or pink construction paper can be used as a "love note box". Students and parents can save the love notes they receive and place them in the keepsake box.



Valentine's Day Books

Recommended Reads Related To Valentine's Day

Big Universe Learning offers a large variety of books about Valentine's Day. Schools and families can easily access several online books to read with children.


Timberwolf Rivals
by Sigmund Brouwer (author), Dean Griffiths (illustrator)
ISBN: 9781554691074
Which boy will win the grand prize?

Johnny Maverick and his friends Tom and Stu want to win the prizes donated for their hockey team’s Valentine’s Day dance fundraiser. Whoever wins the dance contest takes home all the prizes, one of which is a graphite hockey stick. When the boys learn that Connie, the new girl in Howling, is a great dancer, they each want her as their dance partner. But they don’t think about asking her to go with them until it’s too late. And as usual, things don’t turn out as planned for Johnny and his friends.


My Calendar: Holidays

by Luana K. Mitten © 2009
ISBN: 9781615906031

Popular holidays throughout the year are highlighted for the emergent reader with engaging text and matching photos.

2629Bee My Valentine

by Miriam Cohen (author), Ronald Himler (illustrator) © 2009
ISBN: 9781595723864 AR: /

Although the children are told to send a card to everyone in their class, George gets fewer cards than everyone else. But his classmates quickly rally round and successfully cheer him up.

3301Inside the Heart

by M.D. Halvorson (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781614809784 AR: /

Find out what goes on every day inside of the human body! This title offers children an exciting voyage through the heart. Detailed illustrations, color photos, and simple text combine to make a fun and easy introduction to how the heart works. This book also includes simple activities and crafts like We’ve Got a Beat, Valuable Valves and how to make a Heart with how-to photos to further engage young learners. Super SandCastle is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.


StinkyKids Have a Heart

by Britt Menzies (author), Greg; Trent Hardin (illustrator)
ISBN: 9781621670995

In this little stinKer adventure, best friends Britt and Jen are enjoying a fun summer day at the pool with all of the StinkyKids. While playing Marco Polo, the kids hear a familiar sound…the ice cream truck. The StinkyKids excitement over these tasty treats quickly turns sour when Britt and Jen get into a disagreement over which flavor they should all buy. Jen tells Britt that she wants them to get the same flavor because “that’s what best friends do.” Britt gets upset as she does not like Jen’s bullying and does not want to follow her. Can these best friends be Leaders of Good and “work it out,” or will their fun day at the pool turn into just a wet and soggy afternoon? Can the other StinkyKids help Britt and Jen get over their troubles or will they all have to learn a lesson about what it means to “Have A Heart”?

StinkyKids Have A Heart is the third book in the StinkyKids series, which delivers another fun-filled story of learning from your mistakes and striving to “Always Be A Leader of Good.” Also enjoy StinkyKids And the Runaway Scissors and StinkyKids See A Full Moon, available in hardcover print and digital formats.

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