The Ultimate Low-Stress Valentine's Day Resource Round Up for Homeschool Moms

Are you a wait-til-the-last-minute, and low-stress, low-creativity mama? I will confess that I often am.

I really, really want to do that cute, creative thing I saw on Pinterest for the upcoming holiday, but two days before the holiday rolls around, I suddenly realize there are two days left, and I haven't planned a thing. Then, there's a last minute rush to the store and a frenzied day trying to pull it all together. Typically that means that my actuality never turns out like the great original I saw on Pinterest.

If you're in the same boat, don't worry. For Valentine's Day, at least, I've got your back. I've collected tons of resources here, so that you don't have to go hunt for them. And I've deliberately tried to choose easy, low-prep resources and activities so that if you're waiting until two days before Valentine's Day to read this, you're still covered.

Valentines Day Resource Round Up


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Some of these resources are free and some are not; so I've tried to note that when I can. The books listed all include Amazon links, but, of course, you can pick them up at your library as well. I suggest you use the online catalog to request what you need, so you can just walk in an pick them up from the counter. Of course if you're waiting until two days before, you may be out of luck. Unless you, like me, plan for this by being an Amazon Prime member. That free two-day shipping has saved my life more than once!

So, don't stress, Mama. Pick a few of these activities, download some free or inexpensive resources, and enjoy Valentine's Day with your crew.

Valentine's Day Books


Some of these books talk about the history of the holiday and some are just sweet and fun. Most are for preschool- elementary ages.

Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse by Laura Numeroff- This spin off of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie tells about the mouse spending the holiday with his friends.

Love From The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle- The hungry caterpillar brings sweet thoughts, combined with the awesome illustrations by Eric Carle.

Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney- This sweet board book with simple rhymes is a Valentine's Day book for the littlest kids.

Love Monster by Rachel Bright- Monster is the only funny looking monster in Cutesville, and it's hard to not fit in. He searches for someone to love him throughout this sweet story.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose by Lucille Colandro- Kids love stories that build up like There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. This take on the familiar story has the old lady swallowing Valentine's treats.

Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond- Cornelia Augusta catches hearts that are raining down and realizes that they would be perfect for making Valentines for her friends.

Valentine Be Mine by Jacqueline Farmer- This nonfiction book, written for upper elementary grades, talks about the history of Valentine's Day and how it's celebrated.

The Story of Valentine's Day by Clyde Robert Bulla- This is another nonfiction book with a look at the history of Valentine's Day, the legends surrounding it, and how the holiday has changed over the years.

Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda- Kids can hear the story of St. Valentine, the saint that the holiday is named after. This is a beautiful book with mosaic illustrations.

Cranberry Valentine by Wende and Harry Devlin- Written by the authors of Cranberry Thanksgiving (one of my all-time favorite kids' books!), this story is about Mr. Whiskers and his secret admirer.

Valentines Day Resource Round Up

Valentine's Day Learning Activities


If you're looking for some fun themed learning ideas that you can schedule for the holiday, try these. I've tried to list the main academic area that each activity covers.

Science- Make crystal hearts with this fun activity from Little Bins for Little Hands.

Preschool Reading- Coffee Cups and Crayons has a great letter matching game with hearts here.

Science/Reading- With this Melting Heart Word Search activity from Inspiration Laboratories, kids can explore baking soda and vinegar reactions and read revealed words.

Math- This cute math activity from No Time For Flashcards will also result in a cute Valentine's Day craft.

Math- I love estimating and measuring activities like this one from Buggy and Buddy that uses candy hearts. 

Math- Another fun math idea would be to dump out your candy hearts and graph how many of each color there are. You can then use the graph for comparing and talking about more than and less than.

Science- You can also use those candy hearts for this Dancing Conversation Hearts science activity from Playdough to Plato.

Science- And grab more candy hearts for this science exploration from Inspiration Laboratories.

Science- Red Ted Art has a fun, Valentine's Day-themed salt and ice experiment here.

Science- Use clay to create a model heart with this activity from Schooling Active Monkeys.

Language Arts- WriteShop has some fun Valentine's Day writing prompts here.

Science- Find a fun Heart "Rocket" Candy Structures STEM activity at Little Bins for Little Hands.

Valentine's Day Arts and Crafts


Looking for fun Valentine-themed arts and crafts that kids can do leading up to the holiday? These would also be fun if you're hosting a Valentines Party and looking for ideas.

Education.com has a super cute Valentine lollypop craft that kids could make for family or friends.

These painted salt sculptures from Fantastic Fun and Learning are an art and science activity combined.

Red Ted Art has an awesome paper plate sewing craft kids can do for Valentine's Day.

Kids can make a sweet Fingerprint Heart Valentine's Day Tree with this cute activity from Arty Crafty Kids.

This Valentine's Day Suncatcher craft at Makobi Scribe is pretty and simple to do.

If you're having a Valentine's Day party or just exchanging Valentines in your family, Plaid has instructions for a cute Valentines mailbox here.

Kids can make a Glitter Heart Shaker with the instructions on the Hobby Craft blog here.

The Resourceful Mama has instructions for a cute paper plate heart wreath here.

Kids can make cute Valentine's Day Pom Pom Monsters with this idea from Practically Functional.

Make and Takes has a Bouquet of Hearts card that kids could make for a friend or family member.

Valentines Day Resource Round Up

Valentine's Day Games and Hands-On Fun


These active ideas would be great for your own family on Valentine's Day or for a fun group party.

Kids can play with Valentine's Day-themed frozen dough with this activity from Lemon Lime Adventures.

Enjoy some Valentine's Day snacking with this popcorn recipe from Two Sisters.

Creations by Cara has a fun Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt you can make for the kids.

This free printable candy hearts BINGO game from Artsy Fartsy Mama is so cute!

Eat, Drink, and Save Money has a simple, Valentine's Day play dough recipe here.

Sunny Days in Second Grade has a fun, unique word find activity for February themed words here.

This Musical Hearts game from No Time for Flashcards is one even the younger kids can play.

Let kids make their own Valentine's Day snack mix with this idea from Joy in the Works.

You can have a fun Minute to Win style Valentine's Day party with these fun ideas from Kid Friendly Things to Do.

The Real Thing With the Coake Family has a fun Valentine's Day Bean Bag Toss game idea.

Valentine's Day Printables


Looking for coloring sheets, puzzles or other printables for Valentine's Day? Try these.

Oh My! Creative has a fun free printable Valentine's Day Word Search here.

Print this fun, free Valentine's Day Word Scramble for the kids.

Crafting Chicks has a fun, free printable Valentine's Day Scattergories Game.

Kids Activities Blog has some cute, non-mushy Valentine's Day coloring pages to print.

Printables for Kids has a fun, free activity page with several different activities for kids.

Bren Did has a free printable Valentine's Day Cootie Catcher that tells a variety of corny Valentine's jokes.

Print these fun I Spy Valentine's Games from Teepee Girl and laminate them to use again and again.

You can find a variety of cute, free Valentine's Day coloring and activity pages to print here at Squishy-Cute Designs.

Kids can color these free printable Valentine's Day bookmarks from Carla Schauer Studio for themselves or a gift.

Moritz Fine Designs has a free printable Valentine's Day word scramble for kids.

Valentine's Day Resource Round Up

Valentine's Day Unit Studies


Unit studies are a great way to learn- especially around a holiday. These unit studies are cross-curricular, Valentines-themed learning. Most are for preschool through elementary ages, and I've noted whether they are free or not.

You can find my Valentine's Day unit study resources and a free unit study planner here.(free)

Homeschool.com has a great mini unit study for Valentine's Day. (free)

HomeschoolShare has a number of free thematic and literature-based unit studies and lapbooks for Valentine's Day. (free)

You can find a great self-paced online unit study for Valentine's Day from Homeschool Techie Mom here. (paid)

Year Round Homeschooling has a great collection of resources to make a Valentine's Day unit study. (free)

Kids can learn the history of the holiday and more with this unit study from Unit Study.com. (paid)

Valentine's Day Printable Cards


If, like me, you wait too long to buy Valentines for that homeschool co-op Valentine's Day party and all the good cards are gone, help is on the way. Grab some cardstock and print your own cute cards with these free printables.

These free printable cards at The Gracious Wife can be added to gummy bears for a cute Valentine's Day treat gift.

Pick up these free printable cards from Passion for Savings to add to bubbles for a non-candy treat.

Print these free printable cards from Makoodle to go atop a bag of candy.

The free printables here at Simply J Studio can be used to make a candy-filled Valentine's Day "pencil."

Bits of Everything has a free printable card that can be used with a cute pen to make another non-candy Valentine.

The Cards We Drew has some super cute free printable unicorn cards.

Print these cute Emoji Valentines from Landeelu and add candy hearts.

Simple as That has some cute Minecraft-themed printable Valentines.

If you- like me- think sloths are adorable, you can print this free template from Touch of That to make sloth Valentines that hold candy sticks.

Pokemon fans will love these cute free printable Valentines from Frog Prince Paperie.



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