Valentine's Animation in Keynote (Updated for 2024 and beyond)

Whether you get into the Valentine's Day spirit or not, this animation is super cute to send home to family members or significant adults on Valentine's Day, and the resources (and video demonstrations 🤩) have been updated for 2024 and beyond 🙌🏻

With my early learners, I would complete most of this process myself, adding in their images and then call them over one by one to add a little note or drawing (a simple heart will do) as well as record their voice giving a sweet message. I would then export each and share with families.

Older students could complete this on their own (by following on with my demonstration). Whilst this project is not curriculum heavy, by creating this animation, students are learning super valuable skills in Keynote that can be used in a huge range of other projects across all learning areas.

The project consists of:

  • a Valentine's Day background (provided in the downloads)
  • a photo that has been added with Lift Subject (although other options are given in the demonstrations if you have older iPads)
  • 8 x heart shapes which have been formatted to change colour and then animated with a path animation
  • a handwritten note or drawing which is animated with a Line Draw animation
  • a Audio Recording featuring a sweet message from the student

All these elements are then exported as a movie file.

You could absolutely choose to leave out the drawing and audio and export as a cute GIF, instead of the movie.

I have provided downloads and video demonstrations for two different options for this project. One that has been partially completed for you, and one has you start the project with the background only.

OPTION ONE: The first version includes a Keynote deck with the project already partially completed. The background is included and the heart shapes have already been added, formatted and animated. Teachers or students would add in the photos, drawings and voice and then export. This version would also suit a teacher completing a class set for their young students. You can then tap here to access the video demonstration for OPTION ONE. (This link will take you to YouTube)

OPTION TWO: This second option includes the background, but all other steps will be completed by you or your students. You can access the video demonstration for OPTION TWO here. (This link will take you to YouTube)

I hope you enjoy this project 🫶🏻



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Posted on January 31, 2024

Rachel, this is such a creative and fun project for Valentine's Day!! I plan to share this with the teachers I support - thank you for sharing!

Posted on February 09, 2024

Thanks for the update and detail on Valentine Animations in Keynote. Perfect for upcoming activities on February 14! Learners will love the creativity and fun in making these animations - and so nice that you provided several options!

I’ve enjoyed the Valentine posts in the Apple Education Community. Here are a few more:

Posted on February 09, 2024

So clever! I love the blowing hearts!

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