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Valentine’s Day Monster

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Create a friendly “monster” to share on Valentine’s Day!

Goals:

  • To create a special gift to give on Valentine’s Day
  • To practice creativity

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: cardboard craft rolls, assorted pipe cleaners, assorted craft twist ties, ceramic or foam heart shapes, wiggly eyes, pom poms, red and pink paint, paint brushes and tacky glue.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Paint a craft roll in a Valentine’s Day color. Alternatively, you could cover the roll in construction paper or foil paper.

Step 2.
Glue two lengths of either craft twist ties or pipe cleaners in the center of the craft roll. These will be the monster’s legs.

Step 3.
Glue a heart shape to the end of each leg. You can use ceramic or foam heart shapes, or simply cut your own hearts out of construction paper. Paint, if desired.

Step 4.
Glue two wiggly eyes and a pom pom nose to the outside front of the monster.

Step 5.
Twist the ends of two pipe cleaners together to create an extra-long pipe cleaner. Wrap the extra-long pipe cleaner through the back side of the monster and create a heart-shaped antenna.

Step 6.
Display your monster, or give to someone special!

Furthermore:
Stuff the monster with a small baggie of Valentine’s Day treats to give someone an extra-special delivery!

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Heart Sensory Pillows

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These easy-to-make heart-shaped pillows provide a multi-sensory activity experience for children as they make precious keepsakes or gifts for Valentine’s Day!

Goals:

  • To promote tactile and auditory exploration
  • To help develop fine motor skills while encouraging creativity
  • To teach the children how to recycle common household items and avoid wasting paper

Before You Start:
Have children bring empty paper and plastic shopping bags from their last grocery trip and old newspapers. (Teachers may need to help collect some bags and newspaper.) Gather one-hole punches to make holes for “stitching” pillows. Set out Colorations® markers and crayons, glitter, glue sticks, and a variety of other materials the children can use to decorate their paper hearts. (Colorations® Confetti Glitter Glue can add a sparkly touch on these works of art.) Prepare newspapers and plastic grocery bags to use to stuff pillows, and cut pieces of yarn to weave the hearts together. You may consider shredding or cutting the newspaper into small pieces before this activity, or having the children do so if they are old enough.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Flatten clean, empty paper grocery bags and have children draw a large heart shape on one side (you may want to provide a stencil or template). Have them cut out their paper hearts (or cut them out for younger children), making sure to cut through both sides of the bag. This will make two matching heart-shaped sides for the pillows. Reserve any left over paper clippings for “stuffing.” You may want to have the children turn the hearts over if designs were already on the outside of paper bags.

Step 2.
Have the children hold the two hearts together and demonstrate how to punch an even number of holes with a one-hole punch around the outside edges of the hearts for “stitching”. (Teachers may need to help children with this step; alternatively, they might want to punch the holes for young ones.)

Step 3.
Encourage children to experiment with different colors and textures as they decorate their two heart shapes any way they like.

Step 4.
Once the hearts are decorated and dry, it’s time to make the pillow. Starting at the bottom of the hearts, have children tape one end of yarn between two holes (leaving an inch or two free for stuffing later), and demonstrate to children how to weave the yarn through each of the holes (both sides at the same time) until you’ve gone around the entire heart. Make sure to leave yarn allowance on both ends to tie up and close the heart after stuffing.

Step 5.
Have children “stitch” their own pillows, helping as needed, and then show children how to stuff them with the different sensory materials. As you use the different bags and paper, crush and crinkle it, in order to demonstrate how they each make various sounds. As the children stuff their pillows, it can be an opportunity to discuss what different sounds they hear and feel.

Step 6.
When pillows are stuffed, show how to tie the ends of the yarn into a bow and trim any excess from the ends. Now everyone has a unique and squishy pillow of their own!

Furthermore:
Pillows can be displayed in the classroom for the Valentine’s Day holiday and/or taken home to use as a special Valentine’s gift or keepsake. Or, make it an “all about me” activity! Heart pillows can be decorated with one or more pictures of people and things the child loves. These can be photos brought from home, cut-outs from recycled magazines, or drawings they do themselves. Children can then share their finished pillows as a group and describe the different pictures they used.

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Valentine’s Exchange Box

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Transform an empty tissue box into a personalized holder for Valentine cards!

Goals:

  • To recycle a common household item to use for classroom card exchange
  • To encourage creativity and self expression
  • To create a one-of-a-kind box as a Valentine’s Day keepsake

Before You Start:
Have children recycle empty cardboard tissue boxes from home (or provide for those who may not have). Collect red, white and pink construction paper, a variety of holiday appropriate wrapping paper, heart-shaped and circle shaped doilies, Colorations® markers and crayons, glitter and other related collage materials. Set out scissors and bowls with glue and/or glue sticks.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have children cover their tissue boxes with the wrapping paper and/or construction paper. Encourage them to use different materials to cover different sections of their boxes.

Step 2.
Show children how they can create their own construction paper heart shapes to use for decorating the boxes if they wish. Fold a sheet of paper in half and demonstrate cutting the tear-drop side of a heart shape, using the crease as the midline. Open along fold to reveal a heart.

Step 3.
Children decorate their boxes as they wish using the hearts, doilies, glitter and other collage materials.

Step 4.
Have each child to write their name on the front of their box with Colorations® markers or crayons. Now everyone has their own personalized box to display and function as a mailbox for Valentine cards during a classroom card exchange.

Furthermore:
Extend this activity to include Valentine card making. Children can use the construction paper and collage materials to create their own unique cards for their classmates and loved ones.

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Valentine Hearts of Love

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This simple “all about me” activity also allows children to create a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day card.

Goals:

  • To encourage self-expression through art
  • To help children recognize special traits in themselves
  • To expand creativity by making a unique Valentine’s Day card

Before You Start:
Take a picture of each child (or have children bring a photo of themselves from home) to use for this activity. Make a heart-shaped template to draw hearts (about 4-5″) onto sheets of heavyweight construction paper ahead of time, one for each child. Have a variety of decorations available (cut-outs of toys and animals from magazines, stickers, Colorations® markers, crayons and glue-sticks).

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Give each child his or her own sheet of construction paper with a heart drawn on it. (To further personalize the cards, you can demonstrate to children how to trace their hands on each side of the heart shapes onto their papers, or help them do so.)

Step 2.
Show the children how to glue the pictures of themselves onto the middle of the paper hearts. If necessary, help them glue their own pictures onto the hearts.

Step 3.
Have the children decorate their cards as they like. Encourage the children to experiment with colors and to draw or paste pictures onto the cards of people or things they love.

Step 4.
The finished cards will be one-of-kind hearts of love to display or to give as cards on Valentine’s Day.

Step 5.
Have children share their cards with the rest of the class. The children can then talk about the people and things they’ve included on their cards as things they love.

Furthermore:
The Valentine’s Day holiday provides a good opportunity to talk more about the children’s loved ones. It can also be a good time to talk about the personal characteristics that they think make them unique and what their friends and family love about them. Older children may wish to draw some symbols and pictures of characteristics they think represent them on the cards. Or, the children may wish to write (or have help writing) a special message on the cards to their loved ones.

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Thumbprint Heart Cards

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These simple Valentine’s Day cards are a creative expression of each child’s individuality.

Goals:

  • To have fun creating an original Valentine’s Day cards
  • To encourage creative expression through art
  • To educate children about fingerprints and their uniqueness

Before You Start:
Set out red BioColor® paint on paint trays that children can easily dip their thumbs into for finger-painting. Provide small pieces of white or pink construction paper (cardstock will work also) for each child to use for their cards. Set out small bowls with glue and/or glue sticks, glitter, Colorations® crayons and marker, doilies and other related collage materials.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Talk to the children about fingerprints and their uniqueness. This is a great opportunity for discussion about the personal traits and characteristics that make each of us special.

Step 2.
Have children fold their construction paper or cardstock over in half to make their cards.

Step 3.
Show them how to dip their thumbs one at a time into the paint and press onto paper, overlapping in a heart shape. Have them repeat on their own, until they’ve decorated the front of their cards with as many “hearts” as they like.

Step 4.
Once the paint dries, allow children to continue decorating the outside (and inside) of their cards. Enourage them to be creative with this.

Step 5.
Have everyone write a special Valentine message on the inside of their cards. (The teacher may need to help younger children with this step.) Now everyone has their own unique cards to pass out or display in the classroom.

Furthermore:
Turn this activity into an opportunity for scientific exploration. Gather some small magnifying glasses and have children look at their fingerprints up-close. Talk about what kinds of patterns they see. The children can compare and contrast their finger-prints with each other. Alternatively, continue the discussion about the ways people are unique. Create a large heart out of butcher paper and write the different traits the children think are special about themselves. Display on the wall or bulletin board for the Valentine’s holiday.

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Heart-Faced Animals

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Submitted by: Tracy Emond

The perfect Valentine’s Day activity craft! Students will use their imaginations to create animals from hearts.

Goals:

  • To reinforce fine motor skills
  • To encourage self-expression
  • To encourage creativity

Before You Start:
You will need construction paper in several bright colors or colored foam sheets, markers in different colors, scissors, wiggly eyes, yarn, felt and glue.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have the young ones cut out large hearts to create animal faces.

Step 2.
Show them how to turn the hearts upside down to create cats and dogs, or turn sideways to create fish. Encourage them to create their favorite animals with the hearts.

Step 3.
The children can cut out shapes for ears or tails and glue them onto the animal faces.

Step 4.
Have the kids use markers to add details to their animal creations.

Step 4.
They can also glue wiggly eyes onto the hearts as well as yarn for whiskers. Optional: use an assortment of collage materials and glitter to add even more detail.

Furthermore:
Children are only limited by their imaginations. Use construction paper curls for a lion’s mane, or have them figure out how to make a monkey or giraffe.

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Valentine Sing-A-Long

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A simple and engaging activity to help introduce the theme of Valentine’s Day while reinforcing rote counting.

Goals:

  • To help children learn the numbers 1-10
  • Provide an opportunity to practice rhythmic and listening skills
  • To have fun singing as a group while celebrating Valentine’s Day

Before You Start:
Cut 10 hearts out of construction paper. Make them generously-sized and easy to read from a distance. (Colorations® Heavyweight Construction Paper is ideal for this project.) Print the numbers 1-10 on each of the hearts and display from a chalk board, white board or a place where everyone can see them.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Talk to the children about the numbers 1-10; this can be related to how we each have 10 fingers and 10 toes.

Step 2.
Practice counting 1-10 with the children.

Step 3.
Point to each of the numbered hearts, counting from 1-10.

Step 4.
Now it’s time for songs! Sing the songs below while pointing at each of the hearts and at each of the numbers. Songs should be sung to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”. Repeat them a few times for emphasis. One, two, three, four, five. I’ve got a little heart-shaped jive, Six, seven, eight, nine, ten, I’m going to give it to my friend. It’s a card to say hello, A Valentine surprise, you know! (Repeat.)

Step 5.
Take hearts from board and place back as you sing the song below. A valentine heart for you and me, Add one more and then there’s three. Add another, (place another heart up) And another, (place another heart up) Now we have five altogether! Six and seven and eight and nine, (place one heart up for each number added) ten little hearts for you, Valentine!

Furthermore:
Take the hearts down from the board and scatter on the floor. Have the children point to them and say the numbers. The children can also help put them back in order, and the group can practice counting 1-10 once again. Rote counting and recognizing the numeral symbol for each number does not mean the child has a thorough knowledge of numbers. To add depth to this activity, allow the children to count items, such as blocks or other manipulatives, and show they know how many items equal each number. For example, when talking about the number 5, have the children take a set of blocks and count five blocks. This will add to the cognitive development of the child’s learning about numbers.

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