Be sure to check with the teacher first about the distribution of Valentine’s. Some
teachers like to include it at the party, others don’t. Some times teachers assign
them to practice writing others names, others aren’t so specific.
Station Option: Could use distribution of Valentines as a station or just as a block
of time for everyone to do all at once. Have plenty of helpers to help with younger
students if the Valentine’s are addressed to specific people. Be sure to leave time
to open Valentines!
Also be sure to check with the teacher about what the class will be doing for a container
to hold Valentine's. Some teachers have a home project, some do something in school.
If nothing is being done, consider that an option for a craft. You could use white
lunch type bags (found in craft stores or bakeries) and have the kids decorate with
stickers, stamps, or free design. Or keep it simple and supply gallon size plastic
For younger students it may be easier for them with the Valentines if they just have
their name signed from them and not address it to anyone specifically so it makes
distributing easier. Check with the teacher ahead of time.
When dividing students into groups, you can do it by counting from 1 to 4 (or 3 depending
on the number of "groups" for the stations you need to have. Or you can think up
three or four Valentine words to make each group (such as hearts, cupids, chocolate,
hugs, etc) and send each child once they know their group name to a designated spot.
Check out "FYI" on "Party Day" section of General Classroom Party Tips for problems
you might encounter and ways to solve it.
In place of giving Valentine's:
Consider the age of your class and consider another option of a service project to
show caring through some other means. (see Service Project Links below)
Also consider making Valentine's as a project and taking to nursing homes, shelters,
children's hospitals, hospice, food pantries, or sending to troops. Or collecting
goods or toys for some of those things.
Or have the students design a page with their name and have others go around to write
positive things about each person or things they like about that person. Have a list
of examples for kids having trouble with writer's block.