The world has changed in the post-Covid era, impacting the way we approach schooling and play gatherings. Many of us have experienced this shift in different ways, and for me, it brought back memories of a parent-led preschool program I was part of years ago when my daughter was just a little one. Fast forward, and she’s now 17 years old, but the nostalgic days of our ‘Pod’ are still fresh in my mind.
Before ‘Pods’ became the trend, our parent group operated as a family collective to share childcare responsibilities and reduce the risk of infection. During the pandemic, we all became part of these ‘Pods,’ forming close-knit groups that provided safety and a sense of togetherness.
Whether you’re a seasoned homeschooler or a parent just looking to spice up playdates, keeping the kiddos engaged is always a great idea. One such occasion is Valentine’s Day, a day of love and affection. It’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate love, or better yet, teach our children that expressing love is something we can do every day.
Valentine’s Day Lesson Plan for Preschoolers:
- Construction paper
- Markers or crayons
- Heart-shaped cookie cutters
- Valentine’s Day-themed books
- Introduction (10 minutes):Start your lesson by asking the children if they’ve ever heard of Valentine’s Day. For those who haven’t, explain that it’s a special day for showing love and appreciation towards one another. Next, encourage the children to think of someone special in their lives and share why they love that person. This could be a family member, a friend, or even a beloved pet. Emphasize that while we celebrate Valentine’s Day, we can show love in various ways every day, like telling a friend you care about them or being a good listener.
Activity 1: Valentine’s Day Cards (20 minutes):
- Provide the children with construction paper, scissors, glue, markers or crayons, and stickers.
- Encourage them to create their own Valentine’s Day cards for someone they love. Assist with writing messages or decorating cards.
- After the cards are complete, ask the children to share who they made the cards for and why.
Activity 2: Heart-Shaped Cookies (20 minutes):
- Use heart-shaped cookie cutters to make cookies with the children.
- Discuss the shapes and colors of the cookies, and ask the children what they think they taste like.
- Once the cookies are baked, encourage the children to share them with someone they love.
Activity 3: Playdough Hearts (20 minutes):
- Provide the children with playdough and heart-shaped cookie cutters.
- Encourage them to create their own heart-shaped playdough sculptures.
- Ask the children to share who they made their sculptures for and why.
- Conclusion (10 minutes):
- Gather the children together and read a Valentine’s Day-themed book.
- Ask them to reflect on the day’s activities and share what they enjoyed the most.
- Conclude the lesson by reminding the children to share love and kindness with the people they care about.
This Valentine’s Day lesson plan is designed to introduce preschool children to the concept of Valentine’s Day while engaging them in fun, age-appropriate activities that promote social and emotional development. Through card-making, cookie-baking, and playdough sculpting, children can explore the shapes, colors, and symbols associated with the holiday while expressing love and kindness towards other