14+ Fabulous Valentine’s Day STEAM Activities Students Will Love

“The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.” – Blaise Pascal

Valentine’s Day is around the corner! This holiday is a great time for students to be creative and share how much they appreciate and care for others. You can also get students to think and problem solve with the fabulous STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) activities and resources below. All are free! You can also download the slides from my webinar, Valentine’s Day Activities Students of All Ages Will Love! (Download as a pdf).

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Activities and Resources

  • Get students learning about their hearts! The Science Museum of Minnesota has an awesome website with interactive ways for students to learn about their hearts. Students see the heart labeled, can move a stethoscope around to find the heartbeat, can see videos and other interactives.
  • Complete Heart is an incredible free app for your iPad. Students can see a 3D version of a heart, trace an artery to its origin, travel throughout the layers of a heart, and use augmented reality to view the heart to scale on a table.
  • Find free heart lesson plans and printables by the Texas Heart Institute for K to 6th here.
  • Students can create their own pixel art using Google Spreadsheets and send to friends and family. Find an easy free template to use with students on Alice Keeler’s blog. I’ve tweaked the lesson for my elementary students who are learning about spreadsheets. Students 1st create their own pixel art using the template then must write down the cell addresses they used and the numbers they clicked for a peer to follow to reveal the pixel art.
  • Here is an awesome free printable for elementary students to learn about math and color in the numbers to reveal a mystery picture (a heart owl). This heart owl is great since it appeals to both genders. My elementary students, 1st to 4th, really enjoyed this activity!
  • My students love Tynker! Tynker helps your students learn about coding, algorithms, problem solving, and game design for free with no registration required. Check out these 3 Valentine’s Day activities:
    • Students can use Tynker to code a personalized Valentine. No registration is required, but this is an intermediate level coding activity.
    • Check out this awesome coding activity and game where students help a monster reach another to send a Valentine’s Day message.
    • Students can also begin learning about block coding by helping a monster collect candy. This is a great starter coding activity and teachers don’t need to know about coding to do it. Students click on Candy Quest to get started.
  • If you can get access to a 3D printer then students can quickly and easily learn how to design 3D charms, rings, ring pops, boxes for messages, and more using Tinkercad. Students register free and take the short tutorials and lessons to begin. Each lesson takes 5 minutes or less and teaches design, math, scaling, and more! Afterwards, students tweak a 3D template to quickly design a 3D printed object. You could complete a lesson in an hour or less if you have access to computers, but remember the objects may take an hour or more to print depending on how big they are and the design. Do this early and print on another day while working on something else!
  • Students can send free digital greetings to their loved ones, peers, another class, nursing homes, cancer wards, orphanages, the fire department, or the military with Buncee, Chatterpix Kids app, Ink CardsCanva, Magisto, Pic-Collage, 123Greetings, or Red Stamp. First, allow them to create their messages or poems on paper and have their peers edit for grammar errors. Students can add drawings or photos to many of these web tools and apps.
  • Get your students to send their digital greetings to students worldwide by joining the Virtual Valentines global project. Your students can just send their Valentines or also Skype with the other class.
  • Candy and sweets are especially popular during Valentine’s Day, which makes it a perfect time to learn math and science by making candy. Find several recipes that I’ve bookmarked here.
  • I’ve created this free writing activity for students in which they work in pairs to create a recipe for a love potion. After the pairs write down the ingredients, they can learn math and science with these recipes for making a fizzy potion they can drink.
  • Add fun science learning to Valentine’s Day greetings by getting students to write their messages in invisible ink.
  • Students can create love poems with the free digital Love Magnetic Poetry Kit.
  • Students can learn about concrete poetry here (shape poetry) and create their own heart shaped poem using the Neoformix Word Hearts generator.
  • Use Tagxedo to create Valentine’s Day inspired word clouds with adjectives to describe their loved ones. Tagxedo lets you create word clouds in the shape of hearts or with the profile of the person.
  • Very young learners will enjoy learning words, spelling, and phonics by creating digital greetings on Starfall to send to fun characters. My young students love the Math Journey Valentine’s game which is free and requires no registration.

Challenge: Try one of these activities to inspire your students’ hearts and minds!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

2 comments

  1. What a great idea I think I could make a few of them French and apply them in my future thanks for the post!

    Allie

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