Inside: These 50+ Preschool Valentine’s Day Activities are sure to add some heart-shaped fun to your preschool classroom. Includes ideas for all categories of learning!
Every year when I start to see Valentine’s Day items appear in the stores, I start to get excited.
Have you seen the Dollar Spot in Target in February? Pink, purple, sparkly heart-shaped items- it never fails to pull me in!
👉 Scroll down to find free Valentine’s Day printables!
Huge Collection of Preschool Valentine’s Day Activities
- Spin Art Hearts – Place paint inside of a salad spinner to decorate heart-shaped pieces of paper.
- Marble Painted Hearts – Coat marbles in paint and spoon them onto the paper to roll around and create a unique pattern.
- Simple Valentine’s Bags – Have your toddlers decorate white lunch bags to use as their Valentine’s boxes in class.
- Rainbow Heart Suncatchers – Use tissue paper pieces to create a heart-shaped suncatcher on plastic or contact paper. (Fireflies and Mud Pies)
- Valentine’s Headbands – Preschoolers will decorate their own headbands using foam hearts and pipe cleaners for a fun holiday headband. (Events to Celebrate)
- Heart Symmetry – Just like inkblot shapes, fold the heart paper in half after painting on it to create symmetry. (The Artful Parent)
- Paper Wreath – Toddlers will glue paper hearts and other decorations onto the cardboard ring to make a colorful wreath. (The Spruce Crafts)
- DIY Heart Stamps – Make your own heart stamps to use during your art activities using clothespins and heart-shaped foam or cardboard. (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
- Card Making Center – Create a dramatic play card-making station where preschoolers can “mail” their cards. (A Pinch of Kinder)
- Love Birds – Use paper plates to make these super cute and colorful love birds. (Arty Crafty Kids)
- Handprint Trees – Cut out a tracing of the toddlers’ hand and have them stamp hearts around it to create a heart tree. (The Preschool Toolbox)
- Heart Bouquet – Toddlers will decorate heart ‘flowers’ with various materials and textures to create a bouquet. (Arty Crafty Kids)
- Conversation Heart Frame – For a valentine’s present, toddlers will decorate a popsicle stick frame with conversation hearts. (Preschool Inspirations)
- Heart-Shaped Crayons – Cut up various colors of crayons and melt them into new multicolored crayons using a heart-shaped cupcake tin. (Princess Pinky Girl)
- Frozen Hearts Sensory Bin – Use a heart-shaped ice cube tray to fill a sensory bin with colorful frozen hearts.
- Touch and Feel Hearts – Glue various objects onto paper hearts for toddlers to feel and explore various textures. (Simple Play Ideas)
- Valentine’s Soup – Fill your sensory bin with beautiful pink water and foam hearts for sensory water transfer play. (Fun At Home With Kids)
- Candy Hearts Oobleck – Add candy hearts to your oobleck for some fun messy play. (Little Bins for Little Hands)
- Pink Foam – Mix up some pink or purple foam using gentle soap, water, and food coloring to fill your sensory bin with. (Fun At Home With Kids)
- Valentine’s Playdough Table – Whip up your own purple, pink, red, and/or white sparkly playdough and set the table with letter stamps for preschoolers to stamp words into their dough. (Playground Park Bench)
- Oil and Water Bin – For a science sensory activity, fill a container with baby oil and have toddlers use an eyedropper to transfer red-colored water and watch how they separate. (Little Bins for Little Hands)
- Felt Hearts – Cut out a larger felt heart and smaller felt hearts for toddlers to stick them together. (Megan Kunkel)
- Mixing Color Hearts – Place two different colors of paint on each side of the heart inside of a zip-lock bag and have toddlers mix them together, creating a new color. (A Little Pinch of Perfect)
- Glitter Slime – Mix red glitter glue with liquid starch to make this beautiful sparkly sensory slime. (Inspiration Laboratories)
Fine Motor Activities
- Hole Punching Heart – Toddlers will use a hole puncher on paper hearts to strengthen the squeezing muscles in their hands. (Early Learning Ideas)
- Lacing Hearts – Use hole-punched foam hearts and shoelaces for little hands to practice lacing through the holes. (Coffee Cups and Crayons)
- Broken Hearts Cutting – Draw various lines on heart-shaped papers for toddlers to practice following with their scissor skills. (School Time Snippets)
- Heart Tracing – Trace the dotted lines to create some hearts and fill them in. (Coloring Bpr)
- Find the Hearts – Use giant tweezers to find and remove the hearts from the sensory bin of rice. (Gift of Curiosity)
- Yarn Wrapped Hearts – Cut out cardboard hearts for toddlers to wrap yarn around until it is filled. (Easy Peasy and Fun)
- Scoop and Transfer – Use teaspoon measuring scoops to transfer sparkly pom-poms from a bowl into ice cube trays. (The Imagination Tree)
- Heart Gluing – Place dots on a heart cutout with a marker and preschoolers will squeeze dots of glue on them to press smaller hearts onto. Great for practicing gluing control. (Playdough to Plato)
- Sponge Stamping – Cut heart shapes out of pink sponges for little hands to practice stamping with paint. (Mrs. Plemons’ Kindergarten)
- Counting and Color Sorting Hearts – Sort small foam hearts onto the correct color heart using this free printable.
- Pom-pom Color Sorting – Use a small pair of tongs to sort pom-poms by color into the matching color tube. (I Heart Crafty Things)
- Heart Size Match – Provide various sizes of heart-shaped cookie cutters for toddlers to figure out which size matches with the traced heart on the paper. (Stay at Home Educator)
- Color Sorting Cups – Attach foam hearts to sticks for preschoolers to place into the cups with the matching color hearts. (Child Care Land)
- Bead Sorting – Place multiple colors of heart beads in a bowl for preschoolers to sort into different colors. (Stay at Home Educator)
- Paperclip Colors – Slide colorful paperclips onto the matching color paper heart for both sorting and fine motor practice. (Child Care Land)
Large Motor Activities
- Heart Hopscotch – Create a heart-patterned hopscotch path using colorful paper. (Toddler Approved)
- Scavenger Hunt – Hide hearts around for toddlers to search for together! (Wildly Charmed)
- Balance Beam – Line hearts up on the ground for toddlers to use as a safe balance beam. (ILS Learning Corner)
- Heart Toss – Hang a heart ring to aim and toss bean bags through. (Little Family Fun)
- Cupid’s Arrow Toss – Create ‘Cupid’s arrows’ out of straws and paper and have preschoolers try to aim and toss them onto number plates. (Playground Park Bench)
- Bean Bag Toss – Use empty red containers and number them for preschoolers to aim and toss bean bags into. Includes a tutorial for creating your own heart-shaped bean bags! (Preschool Toolkit)
- Letter Mats – Whip up some pink or red playdough for toddlers to trace the letters on these mats using the dough. (The Letters of Literacy)
- Name Puzzle – Create a puzzle by writing the preschoolers’ name on a heart and cut it into pieces containing one letter each. (How Wee Learn)
- Alphabet Heart Match – Toddlers will match the letters on the paper hearts to the letters on the larger paper for letter recognition. (Twin Talk)
- Letter Writing Tray – Fill a tray with salt and Valentine’s sprinkles for toddlers to trace letters into. (Pocket of Preschool)
- Broken Heart Letters – Preschoolers will search through the heart halves to find and match up the uppercase and lowercase letters. (Toddler Approved)
- Letter Practice – Laminate these free letter printables for preschoolers to practice tracing the letters on with a dry-erase marker. (The Letters of Literacy)
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Valentine’s Day Theme Preschool Lesson Plans
Learn about love and kindness with your preschoolers in this engaging Valentine’s Day theme lesson plan set with ideas for reading, math, science & more.
This lesson plan set also includes:
1) Chocolate Taste Test (in color and b/w)
2) Heart Counting Mats 1-20
3) “I Love” Emergent Reader (2 versions)
4) Valentine Upper and Lowercase ABC Match (in color and b/w)
5) Valentine’s Day Dice Game (in color and b/w)
6) Valentine’s Day Letter Puzzles (in color and b/w)
7) 0-35 Valentine’s Day Number Cards (in color and b/w)
8) Valentine Roll and Graph Math Game (in color and b/w)
9) Printable Valentine Writing Papers
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