Share Your Love (of Learning) on Valentine’s Day

There are a LOT of stories about how Valentine’s Day got its start, but no matter how it began, it’s a great opportunity to show the people we love just how much they mean to us! Celebrated each year across the globe on February 14th, this holiday is a special time for gift giving, diverse cultural traditions, heart shaped decorations, and romantic acts big and small.

Keep scrolling for fun activities, crafts, and some extra inspiration on how to celebrate with your loved ones this year! Be sure to check out a brand-new PBS KIDS Family Night with Valentine’s Day specials featuring heartfelt episodes from Pinkalicious & Peterrific and Daniel Tiger starting on Saturday, February 10th at 7 PM.

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Activities, Crafts & More

DIY Cardboard Heart Stamps

Grades PreK-2
Pinkalicious and Peter love painting and making crafts for their friends — especially on Valentine’s Day. Try this quick and easy craft idea to make valentines for your friends and family with heart stamps.

Heart Apple Chips

Grades PreK-5
This Valentine’s Day treat is yummy, crunchy and won’t send your kids to the dentist’s office! Put them in a pretty package, and they’ll also make a lovely gift for someone special.

PBS KIDS Valentine’s Day Cards

Grades PreK-5
Tell your friends that they are Pinkatastic, Out of this World, or totally ODD-some with these printable Valentine cards from your favorite PBS Kids characters. 

Egg Carton Hearts

Grades K-5
Help your child make a Valentine’s Day gift for a special friend or relative – all you need are old egg cartons and a few materials!

“My Eye On You” Valentine’s Day Cards

Grades K-5
Turn a simple gift tag and googly eye into an adorable and clever Valentine’s Day card!

For the Love of Learning

Song: I Love My Hair | Sesame Street

Grades PreK-K
Sing along to this catchy tune about loving your natural hair! Segi learns to embrace the hair she’s got. Whether it’s in a clip or nothing at all, she loves her hair as it is! This video encourages self-pride and embracing our differences.

SciGirls | Heart to Heart

Grades 3-8
The heart is the hardest working muscle in the human body, pumping out oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood with every beat. But no matter how hard this muscle works each second, it still needs exercise to stay strong. Hearts that get regular exercise can pump more blood with less strain. In this activity, students will compare ways to measure heart rate (and build their own stethoscopes!) to learn how exercise affects heart rate.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Love Potion | Shakespeare Uncovered

Grades 6-12
Learn about one of the greatest love stories of the Elizabethan age, and examine how and why the love potion is used in William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Venus | Crash Course Astronomy

Grades 9-12
Venus was the Roman goddess of love, but it’s also the second planet from the sun! Give your students a Valentine’s Day Crash Course on this beautiful but inhospitable world.

Sweaty T-shirts and Human Mate Choice

Grades 9-12
Evolutionary psychologists study the human brain and human behaviors—why we do the things we do—in the context of evolution. This video from Evolution: Why Sex? examines the “sweaty T-shirt” experiment, which demonstrated that the sense of smell may have more to do with mate choice than scientists previously thought.

For even more games and educational resources for young learners, go to the Valentine’s Day collection on PBS KIDS for Parents