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What’s Inside Your Heart? A Valentine’s Day Classroom Activity

Each year on February 14th, people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” Your students can use this pattern to make a special valentine for a friend or family member. Download the pattern from our book Celebrating Holidays.

Valentine card activityAll you need is white drawing paper, red or pink tissue paper, glue, scissors, a pencil, and a marker.

Valentine materials


Step 1: Fold the piece of white drawing paper in half. Draw half a heart onto the paper.

fold and trace heart

Step 2: Cut out the shape. Unfold it so you have a whole heart. Place the heart onto the tissue paper and trace around it. Cut out the tissue paper heart, then set it aside.

Tracing on tissue paper

Step 3: On the white paper, write a message in the center of the heart shape for a friend or family member.

writing on heart

Step 4: Glue the top parts of the hearts together, with the tissue paper on top. Give the message to a friend or family member.

gluing heartsYou can also use the rest of the white drawing paper and any leftover tissue paper to create another valentine. Just glue the tissue to the back of the drawing paper to cover the heart-shaped hole, then write a message on the front of the paper.


be my valentine

From Teacher Created Resources Celebrating Holidays Grades 3-4

Holiday Craft: Paper Plate Snowman

Don’t you just love holiday crafts? I wanted to share a fun holiday craft I’ve been doing with my class every Christmas. Paper Plate Snowman By Brenda Strickland Materials •        1 large paper plate •        1 chenille stick (pipe cleaner) •        2 large pompoms •        Orange construction paper scraps (for nose) •        Red paper or … Continue reading Holiday Craft: Paper Plate Snowman »

Craft Stick Reindeer

It’s that time of year again! Christmas is almost here and we’ve been creating fun holiday crafts for the classroom. The Craft Stick Reindeer is a popular holiday craft that requires very little prep work and uses materials that you may already have in the classroom. Materials • 2 ½ Craft Sticks • Brown Paint … Continue reading Craft Stick Reindeer »

The Night Before Christmas Bulletin Board

I love making holiday bulletin boards! In my classroom, we discuss and sing all of the traditional Christmas carols. For these Christmas bulletin boards, I used photographs of all the students to make them more fun and personalized. One of my favorite poems is the Christmas classic by Clement Clarke Moore, The Night Before Christmas. … Continue reading The Night Before Christmas Bulletin Board »