9 FREE Valentine’s Day Centers

February is a busy, busy month but hopefully you can squeeze in a little fun with these fun Valentine’s Day centers! The best part- most are completely free!

Valentine’s Day Center #1: Our Favorites Carousel

One of my favorite Valentine’s Day writing activities is this ‘carousel’ we do about things we love!

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Our favorites! Labeling carousel around the room.

I make 5 charts and place them around the room. Kids move from chart to chart, drawing and labeling one thing on each chart. My 5 categories are:

  • PEOPLE we love
  • ANIMALS we love
  • THINGS we love
  • PLACES we love
  • FOODS we love
This carousel is such a fun Valentine's Day center activity! Have your students work together to create posters of things they LOVE. Writing, reading, drawing, working together- so many great skills for kindergarten and first grade!
This carousel is such a fun Valentine's Day center activity! Have your students work together to create posters of things they LOVE. Writing, reading, drawing, working together- so many great skills for kindergarten and first grade!

Some tips:

  • Brainstorm a few ideas for each category before starting
  • Draw an example on each so they remember the categories
  • Group kids heterogeneously
  • Time each station and rotate after about 5 minutes
  • Remind kids to leave space for others 馃檪

This carousel activity is great for many concepts- 5 senses, ways to make different numbers, word families, etc!

Valentine’s Day Center #2: Labeling Poster

This Valentine’s Day station has a poster with clipart and pre-labeled post-it notes. I stack these out of order and kids figure out where they go.

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Partners work to match up pre-labeled Post-it notes

Valentine’s Day Center #3: Labeling

These labeling sheets are perfect for kindergarten and first grade! My students just love them because they are free to label whatever they want.

One of our favorite Valentine's Day centers! Have your kindergarten and first-grade students practice writing with these labeling pages. Read the post for more ideas and a freebie!

With built-in differentiation, they are perfect for all writing levels. Beginners can stick to labeling, while more advanced writers can add a sentence.

They are part of my Labeling for Emergent Writers pack, which is 40% off for a little while longer.

To read more about how I use these, plus more tips on helping emergent writers, read this blog post: Tips for Emergent Writers

Valentine’s Day Center #4: Mailbox riddles

I have to say, this station has been a bigger hit with my students than I expected! I simply bought a Valentine mailbox from the dollar store and filled a basket of mini-objects. Kids hide an object in the mailbox, then give clues to their peers.

Here's a great Valentine's Day center for developing language and making inferences! Grab a fun mailbox from your dollar store and tuck in some fun little objects that are easy to describe. Have a student pick one to place in the mailbox and give clues to their friends about it!
Mystery Mailbox: Kids hide an object and give clues

It’s such a great way to develop language, especially for my English Language Learners.

Some tips:

  • Practice a few whole-group, discussing what makes a good clue
  • Give prompts: It is a food/animal/game, etc., It lives in —.
  • Tell student guessers they can ask questions, such as, “Does it move?” Is it something you eat?” etc.
  • Any objects will do, so if you don’t have an alphabet mini-set, go around your classroom gathering things: marker, eraser, cube, pattern block, crayon, paper clip, etc.

I love this center so much, I will have to modify it for every month: Mystery Leprechaun’s Hat, Mystery Easter Bunny Basket….

Valentine’s Day Center #5: Math Mats

I made some simple math mats for practicing addition. I used double-dice and mini-erasers. Kids rolled and placed the numbers from both dice onto the Valentine carts, then completed the sentence.

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Valentine’s Day Center #6: CVC Hearts

Oh, I love this one! I found these little hearts at Walmart and knew it would make a great activity. My good friend Jennifer from CrayonsandCutiesinKindergarten suggested a CVC guessing game and I loved that idea! So, I printed out some CVC clipart and wrote the words on the outside. Kids read the word and check the picture to confirm.

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Tips:

  • Place clear tape over the words so they don’t get erased.
  • Glue the pictures to the inside if you want them to stay (I found out kids love to take them out and mix them up).
  • OR, let them take the pictures out and make a game of matching them back!

Valentine’s Day Center #7: Spin-a-Word

Do your students love working on your interactive whiteboard? My students just love coming up to the ENO board! So, I made a morning station out of it. I simply display this Spin-a-Word mat on the ENO board and kids use the spinner (another Dollar Tree gem) to build words.

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This mat is included in your freebie (link below), but I also have a pack of Spin-a-Word mats you can display on your ENO board for whole-group work and also use for centers. They have recording sheets, too!

FREE Spin-a-Word mat for Valentine's Day. Get free station activities for kindergarten and first grade! #tejedastots #wordworkactivities

Valentine’s Day Center #8: Valentine’s Day Bags

Here is a simple bag craft for all their Valentine cards! Just let kids color, cut and glue the pictures onto a bag, then staple their name heart (cardstock, so it doesn’t flop over) onto the back for easy identification when passing out Valentines. Glittery foam hearts or stickers are a bonus decoration!

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Valentine’s Day Center #9: Valentine Card

Of course, cards are a staple of Valentine’s Day, so you’ll get this little foldable card in your freebie too!

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I also have a pack with even MORE Valentine’s Day literacy activities for $4 here.

If you like these ideas, I’d love for you to share or pin this post! And, of course, feel free to share your ideas in the comments below.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

FREE Valentine's Day centers! Get free tips, ideas, and station activities for kindergarten and first grade! Includes CVC word work, math, writing and more. #tejedastots #valentinesdayactivities #valentinesdayfreebies

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