Free Valentine’s Day Unit Study
Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th of each year. This free unit study is a great way to teach your children more about Valentine’s Day. The unit is mostly designed for elementary-aged children, but your entire family will enjoy going through this study together. The unit includes information about the history of Valentine’s Day, as well as lessons and activities covering Valentine-themed science, math, literature, writing, crafts, and more. You may choose to do all of the lessons and activities in a single day, taking the day off from your regular studies, or spread the unit study out over several days leading up to Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day History
Watch one of these videos to learn about Saint Valentine and the history of Valentine’s Day.
- St. Valentine’s Day History – This is a very short animated overview of the history behind the holiday.
- Story of Saint Valentine – A 22-minute long animated program about St. Valentine and the history of Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day Writing
Have your children complete one of these copywork or poetry writing assignments.
- Valentine’s Day Copywork – Over 50 pages of manuscript and cursive copywork to choose from. The copywork includes scripture and famous quotes about love.
- Valentine’s Day Acrostic Poem Activity – Acrostic poem writing worksheet using the word “heart.” This printable is good for lower elementary.
- Valentine’s Day Poetry – Students read a Valentine’s Day poem and then write their own poem with the same rhyme scheme. This printable is good for upper elementary and middle school.
Valentine’s Day Stories
Watch and listen to a read-aloud of one (or more) of the following storybooks.
- Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
- Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine by Herman Parish
- Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George by N. Di Angelo
Valentine’s Day Science
Complete a science experiment or STEM project using candy hearts.
- Candy Heart Experiments – Instructions for two science experiments using candy hearts and worksheets for recording the results.
- STEM Activities with Candy Hearts – Several fun building projects that use candy hearts.
Valentine’s Day Math
Do a math activity using candy hearts.
- Candy Heart Math Printables (Pre-K to 1st) – These printables use candy hearts in counting, sorting, graphing, and pattern activities.
- Candy Heart Math Graphing (2nd & 3rd) – These math worksheets use candy hearts to practice estimation, counting, sorting, tallies, pie graph, bar graph, and analyzing data.
- Valentine Candy Heart Math Freebie (4th & 5th) – This printable provides practice with fractions, decimals, percents, mean, median, and mode using candy hearts.
Valentine’s Day Crafts
Make one of these Valentine’s Day crafts with your children.
- Heart Suncatcher Craft – This simple craft uses contact paper and colored tissue paper to make a suncatcher. It’s perfect for younger kids.
- Heart String Art – For this craft, you’ll need string or twine, a small piece of wood, hammer, nails, and the free template provided. This craft is better for older children. Younger children could do it too if you hammer the nails for them.
Valentine’s Day Treats
Choose one of these tasty and cute treats to make together.
- Valentine’s Marshmallow Pops
- Easy Valentine’s Day Cookies
- Red Velvet Rice Crispy Treats
- Valentine’s Day Oreo Pops
- Chocolate Cherry Blossom Cookies
Make Valentine’s Cards for friends and family. This year especially, it’d also be nice to make cards for nursing home residents and shut-ins. Because of the pandemic, many have not been able to have visitors or hardly even leave their rooms in nearly a year. While you likely can’t visit them in person, receiving a card in the mail would help them know that someone cares. Valentine’s cards are also a fun way to show appreciation to healthcare workers, police, firefighters, pastors, grocery store employees, mail carriers, and others in your community.
- Valentine’s Cards for Preschoolers to Make
- 40+ Easy Valentines Cards for Kids
- 24 Homemade Valentines
- 15 Easy Kids Valentine Cards They Can Make At Home
Valentine’s Day is a great time to show love for your community. In addition to making cards for people who may be feeling lonely or unappreciated, your family could donate to a food bank, pick up trash in a park, do yardwork for a neighbor, or put together care kits for the homeless. The possibilities are endless.