Valentine's Day activities your ESL classroom will love

The Best Valentine’s Day Activities for ESL classrooms

Games and activities that target specific Valentine’s Day related vocabulary can be a great way to help ESL students. Using games is a fun way to learn new words and reinforce spelling . By providing a fun and interactive way to practice language skills, these games can help make learning more enjoyable too! Students will become more confident and successful language learners. My favorite Valentine’s Day themed vocabulary building activities are easy to prep and use. If you’d like to learn more about other resources available for Valentine’s Day, check out this blog post: ESL Valentine’s Day activities for kids


In my opinion, a classroom celebration isn’t fully rounded without indulging in a round of bingo! Valentine’s Day bingo consistently proves to be a favorite! Make sure to print your bingo cards and have something on hand to mark the spaces!

Challenge students to remember the names of images

These bingo boards are a great way to help English students practice and remember new words that they’ve learned. Here are a few reasons why I love using bingo games in the ESL classroom to study vocabulary:

  1. Vocabulary bingo games are a fun and interactive way to learn new words and retain what has been learned.
  2. They help students to develop an understanding of the meaning of words, as well as developing their spelling and pronunciation skills.
  3. They target specific language making them suitable for all ages and levels of learning.
  4. They encourage collaboration between students, as they compete to be the first to identify a word and its meaning.
  5. They’re an engaging and enjoyable way to learn vocabulary, and can help to keep students motivated.

To take a closer look at the Valentine’s Bingo Game and what is included in the set click here: Valentine’s Day Bingo Game


Show and tell is my absolute favorite classroom activity. It encourages student participation, generally helps build confidence, and allows students to get creative. In addition, it helps students develop communication skills, public speaking skills, and encourages self-expression. Show and tell activities are like education’s Swiss army knife! They’re fantastic not just for sharpening those listening skills – where students tune in to understand what their fellow presenters are sharing – but also for bringing a lively mix of new topics into the classroom and giving everyone a friendly refresher on things we’ve covered before.

It’s all about creating this cool, interactive vibe that makes learning a shared adventure. So, not only do we get to polish our communication skills, but teachers also get this awesome tool to make lessons engaging and fun!I

In fact, this type of activity brings life to a lesson and is a student favorite. Grab this year-long kit done for you kit which includes the February Valentine’s Day template and 11 other months of editable topics:

  • 3 topics per month to choose from
  • 12 different worksheets (January through December)
  • Graphic organizer on every page to write down ideas

The best part? In addition to the pre-made topics, you can edit the topics to fit your own needs. These templates are editable in PowerPoint!

Take a closer look at this done for you SHOW and TELL KIT. I hope that this helps you with a fun, student led activity already planned at the beginning of each month.


Escape Rooms are an amazing way to get kids involved in the learning process. In this case they will practice parts of speech and Valentine’s Day vocabulary. Since breakout style activities can be challenging for ESL learners, I’ve created a complete collection of ESCAPE ROOMS that don’t require tricky locks, keys and codes.

This engaging Valentine’s Day Escape Style Activity reviews comprehension, vocabulary, question words and parts of speech including verbs, prepositions, nouns and adjectives. Your students will participate in the story of the CUPCAKE THIEF!

By solving each of the 7 different tasks, they will eliminate the suspects and find the identify the thief along with the location of the missing cupcakes for the Valentine’s Day party. Prizes for completion are included (printable bookmarks or homework passes). This activity is also available in my discounted SOLVE THE MYSTERY BUNDLE

  • Great for review in ELA, ESL and EFL classrooms!
  • Created with young learners in mind – no complicated instructions, locks or codes.
  • Each completed task requires a teacher signature to “unlock” the next task and eliminate one of the eight possible suspects!

How does a “solve the mystery”escape room work? It’s simple!

Adding a solve the mystery activity to your Valentine’s day activities or party is easier than you think. It only requires printing! You can even use the included bookmarks or homework passes as the completion prize which makes this a low cost alternative for a class party!

  • First, print the necessary components (worksheets, jumbled sentences and prizes).
  • Secondly, read the story line together as a class.
  • Third, solve all of the task.
  • Lastly, students will receive prizes for solving all 7 tasks and the mystery. (Included are bookmarks and homework passes). Students also love candy and mini-erasers!


As a huge advocate of game based learning, I hope that you find these resources as useful I do! Adding themed games and activities to your February curriculum will encourage students to learn and practice targeted grammar and vocabulary. Using a themed activity at your class party is always a great use of in-class time. You can also find more free and paid Valentine’s Day party activities by following these links:

Cheering you on,