Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show someone you care. While exchanging cards with classmates is always fun, it can also get repetitive. For a special twist on the holiday, try out an inter-generational theme.
Valentines for Parents & Grandparents
Create special treat bags or Valentine cards just for parents and grandparents. Start with a brainstorming session in which kids, either individually or in groups, do some pre-writing activities focused on what they love about their parents and grandparents. This can take the form of group discussion, picture charts, or even magazine collages for older kids. Then, have them turn these ideas into heartfelt cards to give to their relatives.
Brighten Someone’s Day
Many residents of nursing homes and elder-care facilities don’t have family to visit them, making holidays a lonely affair. Even if you can’t arrange a field trip to a nursing home, your students can still bring a smile to someone’s face. Have kids create special cards and crafts for residents, and arrange to have them delivered on Valentine’s Day.
Arrange for parent and grandparent volunteers to visit the classroom. They can read a Valentine’s story, talk about the History of St. Valentine’s Day, or lead a crafting session featuring “old-fashioned” Valentine card making.