15+ Apps & Activities for Valentine’s Day

2/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Part of the Mobile Learning series!

Valentine’s day is when we show our friends, family, and the people important in our lives how much we care about them. This holiday is a great time for teachers to help inspire their learners to show those they care about how much they mean to them. We should always take the time in classrooms to teach what it takes to be a good human being among the other skills we teach. Below are a few mobile apps that will get your learners excited about spreading kindness as well as supporting their creativity. Check out my recent webinar recording filled with more activities, webtools, and resources for celebrating Valentine’s day or this guest post, 14+ Activities and Resources for Celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Apps

  • Kid’s Fingerpainting Valentine’s Day App (I-friendly)- Kids can choose to color 15 pages or create their own Valentine painting. They can choose frames, up to 15 effects, and personalize their masterpieces with messages. Activity ideas- Use this app to send greetings to family members who love when kids draw and paint.
  • Cooper’s Big Bear Hug- Interactive story with audio and interactive. When read aloud by the student, Cooper the bear will react to the voice. Activity ideas- Students can create their own digital stories featuring their favorite stuffed animals with digital storytelling tools like Storybird, Little Bird Tales, or ZooBurst
  • Mark and Mandi’s Love Story (I-friendly)- Help Cupid in 4 games walk through the relationship of Mark and Mandi. Activity ideas- have students create a digital story filling in the details of Mark and Mandi’s romance after they play the various games
  • Animoto  (Android/I-friendly)- Upload up to 10 images, choose a soundtrack from the library (many nice romantic tunes to choose from, and click a button to make a 30-second video. Sync your videos with your Animoto.com account, download videos for offline viewing, and make longer ones with an All-Access Pass. Sign up for an educator account to create longer videos for free. Activity ideas- Use this app to get students to create a video capturing a favorite family event; students can create videos of pets; they can get into groups and send the greeting to different classes in their school, grade level, or younger classes; older students can create a video showcasing a great place to take a date or highlighting a favorite restaurant
  • Fotobabble- Quickly create and easily share talking photos in 3 steps (Snap or select or a photo, speak into the microphone to record audio, share with friends via email, Facebook or Twitter). You do get various holiday themed backgrounds. Activity ideas- Students can create short poems and add a picture to go with it, they can recite their favorite love poem or quote and include a picture that represents it, or they can talk about the best Valentine’s day greeting they received and post an image of this
  • M.A.S.H Valentine (I-friendly, Android version)- Preteens to adults will love this app that has them fill in their crushes, select 4 places to go on a date, etc. This app is great for getting students to write and puts it in a classic game they will enjoy playing. Activity ideas- Extend writing by getting students to create a story to go along with what the app predicts
  • Tom Loves Angela App All Devices (I-friendly, Android free version)- Students speak in this app to send messages to Tom the cat’s girlfriend Angela. The app also let’s them chat and Angela responds back. Tom also gives Angela gifts and she can respond in various ways. Activity ideas- Students can create a digital story of Tom sharing love idioms, quotes, pick-up lines, poetry or songs. They can create their own short love poems or “Roses or red…” poems and have Tom recite them to Angela.
  • Tom’s Love Letters (I-friendly, Android free version)- Send free postcards featuring Tom & Angela with various animations. Activity ideas- Students send a greeting to another classmate with a kind message about what they like about them (make sure all students receive a greeting) or simply send to relatives
  • Angela’s Valentine (I-friendly, Android version)- Send free postcards featuring Tom & Angela with various animations. Check out 2 music videos and games. Activity ideas- Students send a greeting to another classmate with a kind message about what they like about them (make sure all students receive a greeting) or simply send to relatives
  • Restaurant Story: Valentine’s Day (I-friendly)- Students design a restaurant including the menu. Activity ideas- Extend writing by getting students to create a story about the perfect date, teach restaurant vocabulary, pair students to create a dream restaurant, have students create a howto video of them preparing one of the recipes, or have students use the Animoto app to create a commercial for their restaurant
  • First Words Valentine (I-friendly)- great for toddlers and young children to learn phonics and vocabulary related to the holiday
  • Scrap Pad Valentine-s Day (I-friendly)- upload your photos to create a digital scrapbook with templates, background, stickers, and more. Activity ideas- students can create a memory book of adventures with friends, relatives, or a pet
  • Valentine Videogram (I-friendly)- Choose from 3 fun characters and backgrounds and create an animated video message. Activity ideas- Students send a greeting to another classmate with a kind message about what they like about them (make sure all students receive a greeting) or simply send to relatives
  • Mix Me Valentine’s (I-friendly)- upload your face and it will be placed in various greeting templates. You can record sounds as well. Activity ideas- Students send a greeting to another classmate with a kind message about what they like about them (make sure all students receive a greeting) or simply send to relatives
  • Cupid Booth Valentine-s Day (I-friendly)- upload your photos and decorate with speech bubbles, stickers, personalized messages, and more. Activity ideas- Students send a greeting to another classmate with a kind message about what they like about them (make sure all students receive a greeting) or simply send to relatives
  • RedStamp (I-friendly)- send free e-greeting cards with various free Valentine’s day templates and upload your photos. Activity ideas- Students send a greeting to another classmate with a kind message about what they like about them (make sure all students receive a greeting) or simply send to relatives
  • Holiday Cards by Sincerely (Android/I-friendly)- send free e-greeting cards with various free Valentine’s day templates and the ability to personalize Activity ideas- Students send a greeting to another classmate with a kind message about what they like about them (make sure all students receive a greeting) or simply send to relatives
  • A Card for That (Android)-send free e-greeting cards with various free Valentine’s day templates and the ability to personalize Activity ideas- Students send a greeting to another classmate with a kind message about what they like about them (make sure all students receive a greeting) or simply send to relatives

More Valentine’s Day Resources

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