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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Classroom With Tweens

If you’re a teacher in Grades 5 or higher, you know that Valentine’s Day looks a little different than in a primary classroom. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t tons of fun activities you can do with your older students!

At this age, the hormones are kicking into high gear. The kids love each other one moment and rip each other apart in the next. I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about! 🤦‍♀️

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that they’re still kids, and yes, they still want to celebrate events like Valentine’s Day, but the activities also need to be age-appropriate.

Here’s a fun round-up of 7 great activities that you can do to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your middle school classroom.

Minute to Win It Games

There are tons of fun Minute to Win It games that students can do with a Valentine’s Day theme. Here are just a few:

To play this game, every player has a large craft stick (they’ll be holding these in their mouths) with three candy hearts. Players need to balance the hearts on the stick while crossing the classroom to touch the other wall, then walk back to tag the next player on their team to go next. The team who completes the relay first wins. Set a time limit for an added challenge!

Students can be challenged to stack as many candy hearts as they can in one minute. You can change this one up as you see fit. Maybe how many hearts before the tower topples, the highest tower in a specific time, it is totally up to you and your students!

For the “Blowing Kisses” game, your students will need to use a balloon to push the kisses from one side of the table to the other. You could set a time limit or have the first team to push all the kisses off the table be the winner.

Other alternatives include:

  • Putting a Valentine cookie on a student’s forehead and having them wiggle it down to catch in their mouth.
  • Have a bowl with a certain number of cinnamon hearts for each team and an empty bowl beside it. Students use a plastic spoon with the handle in their mouth to transfer the hearts from one container to the other.
  • Take a general Minute to Win It activity and put your own Valentine’s Day spin on it!

Measure It!

Children love to hand out Valentine cards, and many classes have a tradition of making mailboxes to collect these in. Why not build these during math class and calculate the surface area of the mailboxes as you create?!

Involve the Whole School

Why not get your students to organize a whole-school Valentine campaign? Years ago, we had a group of students organize “Candygrams” that the students could purchase for 25 cents each. Orders were taken and personalized on paper hearts, and students attached a small candy treat, sorted them, and delivered to classrooms on Valentine’s Day. It was lots of fun for everyone! (And yes, steps were taken to ensure every student received a card! 😉)

These wouldn’t have to include food or a purchase price and could become a really great data management task for your students.

Get Artistic

There are tons of creative art ideas out there that are the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day in the classroom. Do a quick search on Pinterest to find some amazing ideas!

I think this year we will try doing the art project in this YouTube video focused on value!

I’m always looking for more ideas! Be sure to email me if you have a great Valentine’s Day art activity!

STEM Challenges

STEM challenges are fun and engaging at any time of the year, but why not take advantage of the seasonal products available and use them to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Here are some great STEM ideas:

Have students build the tallest structure they can using Valentine candy and toothpicks.

Design and construct a Valentine delivery zipline!

Older students will LOVE constructing working Cupid’s bows!!

And these catapults would be an absolute hit with any middle school grade!

Valentine Card Exchanges

Exchanging Valentine cards is a tradition in many schools and something students look forward to, even in the upper elementary grades.

This year our students aren’t allowed to distribute cards with their classmates, so I’ve created a Virtual Valentine activity to make up for this.

You can grab it FREE right here:

Free Virtual Valentine Activity Offer

Big Helpers to Little Kids

When I was a primary teacher, I LOVED having the older students visit my classroom to support my little ones with more challenging activities. Spread the love and reach out to a primary class to create an art masterpiece like this one:

Photo of handprint art


Photo of handprint art

This idea originally came from my friend, Leigh, The Applicious Teacher. You can find her post about it and grab Leigh’s free Heart Print poem right here.

Creative Valentine Writing

We’ve connected to math and science, and finally, I’d like to share a free “Would You Rather” writing prompt resource with you! My kids are obsessed with these questions. We start every day with one. 

Use these as writing prompts or conversation starters. It is totally up to you!

Free Offer: Would You Rather Writing Prompts

Don’t Forget The Gifts!

No matter their age, your students will love receiving this little non-food token of your friendship on Valentine’s Day! Grab these glow wand tags right here:


You can find more Valentine’s Day resources right here in my TpT store!

I really hope that you’ve been inspired by something in this post. Reach out to me here if you have other great Valentine’s Day activities that I can add to this round-up! I love hearing from you!

You might also be interested in starting a kindness challenge with your students. Find more info about that in this blog post:

Photo of girl with balloon and text, "Encouraging Random Acts of Kindness in the Classroom"

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