Here's The Scoop-A Valentine & Writing Prompt All Rolled Into One!
Recycle those old newspapers and you’ve got yourself a really cute Valentine or writing activity for February.
Make templates from file folders for your students to use to trace onto a page of the newspaper.
They cut out their scoop of ice cream, glue it to their cone (which they cut out) and then top it off with a cherry heart.
I’ve also provided a template for the “cherries” or you can give students large sparkly-heart stickers to add that finishing touch.
Run off the “flipped-up” messages and give students a choice of what they want to do/write about, OR you could have them make this a valentine AND writing prompt and do both, then staple the pages together.
I “hinged” the completed cone with a small square of Scotch tape stuck to the cherry and attached it to a sheet of scrapbook paper.
Stores have all sorts of packs on sale at this time of year. If not, print off a 40-50% off coupon from one of the major craft chain stores.
These make a cute bulletin board on a black background with paper lace for the framed border. OR…
Hang them in a row in the hallway, just high enough so that people can flip and read. Send them home on Valentine’s Day.
click on the link to view/download the "Here's The Scoop" Valentine-writing prompt.
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"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say "I used everything you game me." -Erma Bombeck
Print off my clip art, run off my template on red construction paper and have students keep their paper folded and cut out a lovely paper heart.
Glue everything together and you have a cool keepsake in a heartbeat!
I used Martha Stewart's heart punch, but any will do, even stickers will add that bit of pizzazz.
Click on the link to view/download You Mean The World To Me Valentine
I hope you have a love-filled day tomorrow.
It’s incredible how beat up a box of crayons gets in a Y5 classroom. “I broke my crayon!” seems to be called out within seconds of our first creative endeavors in September.
I am big on recycling, so I rarely throw anything out and my home is a testimony to my pack rat behavior.
Crayons are no exception and I LOVE that I can use broken ones for a myriad of awesome art projects.
I melt them in mini muffin tins for a sweet surprise for my students treasure boxes for Open House and revisit the concept in February for Valentine’s Day.
You can imagine how thrilled I was to find Wilton’s newest metal cookie/muffin tin! PTL it was on sale 40% off. I couldn’t wait to get home and melt crayons.
Peeling is easier if you just score the wrapper with an Exacto knife. I also cut crayons into smaller pieces with a kitchen scissors.
Spray your muffin tin with Pam.
Put a variety of rainbow colors together in the same tin, or mix shades of one color together if you have a child or grandson like mine, who is simply ape over green!
Melt crayons at 250 degrees for 10 -15 minutes. All ovens are different so watch through the window.
Gently remove tray and set on stove 'til the wax solidifies. I put mine in the freezer for a few minutes so they pop right out.
I have a zillion chocolate molds for all of the seasons, as well, so today I putzed with melting crayons in the microwave.
Put a paper towel down. Put cut up crayons in a micro safe glass mug. (My handle got hot so just a head’s up.)
When my crayons were almost to the top, they melted down to ½ a mug full of liquid which only filled up ½ my chocolate molds, (depending on size) so be prepared to melt lots of crayons if you have lots of kiddo’s.
Bend the rim of a paper cup so that it has a pointy pouring spout. Pour wax from mug into paper cup.
Make sure you cover your counter top. I made a big mess, but I cleaned up with Scrubbing Bubbles. Forget ever using the mug for coffee again tho’.
Carefully pour wax into molds. The paper cup will be hot.
I experimented with making layers of different colors with deeper molds, and that looked really cool.
Bag up a few different crayons in Snack Baggies with a header that says: You COLOR my world with happiness. Happy Valentine’s Day from your teacher!
If your little ones are like mine, they will want to try them out right away, so why not set up a valentine center. Tell them to save their crayons for home and take them to their lockers, but they can use your "class set" at the valentine center.
Set up a TV tray with a few crayon cakes. Pre-cut a small, medium and large heart from old file folders. Have students place the hearts in an appealing manner on their paper and then rub around them with the crayon cake.
I added a bit more pizzazz by allowing students to punch a small, medium and large heart with metal heart punches and then glue them on the matching size hearts.
Carry it a step farther and have them label the appropriate hearts with an S, M and L. Older students can write "I love you with all of my hearts." Younger students can glue on the phrase.
Click on the link to view/download these Melted Valentine Crayon Activities.
I was surfing the net to see what other people were doing with melted crayons and one mom lays paper on a warming tray and slowly draws with the crayons 'til they melt. Even tho' she is allowing her children to do this, I still worry about getting burned, cords, and starting fires.
I wondered if a mug warmer would do the same thing, but of course I just donated mine to Goodwill, you know the saying... I did have my mini chocolate melting crockpot so I laid that on its side, put a piece of wax paper inside and then put the heart and letter down and rested the crayon on the paper 'til it melted.
I picked the papers up every now and then and let the wax puddles run and then put the paper back on the pot. I experimented with making a heart and my grandson's initials. I think they turned out super.
Do NOT do this with kids as this was even tricky for crazy me. I'm going to put contact paper over them and give them to them for a bookmark. Anyway, I had a fun afternoon and hope you enjoy these ideas for your students as well.
Finally, ever in the “What can I do with this?” mode, I looked at the big pile of really colorful crayon scraps and swirled them into a heart.
I took this picture and will glue them together to make my husband a 3-D poster valentine that says: Life can be messy. Thanks for allowing me to be creative and coloring my world with LOVE.
I hope whatever you're whipping together for the ones you love turns out simply smashing! Have fun with your endeavors and Happy happy Valentine's Day!
Be sure and pop on in tomorrow for who knows what!
Scroll down for article #3 and my last valentine idea for this year. It would make a fun center for party day!
I'm Wild About You!
I love zebra’s; they are fun to draw and easily recognizable by little ones, who seem to quickly associate them with the letter Z
I was in Big Lots the other day and picked up some things for my poodle pup Chloe.
Do you know they have designer doo-doo bags for dogs?
Well the nice thing about that, is they are sturdy, come in packs of 60 to 100 for around $3.
This is way less expensive than the designer treat bags for kids, that are smaller, flimsier, and come in packs of 12 – 18, which forces teachers and parents to buy multiple packs.
Now if you can just get past the idea of what their initial purpose is for, you’ll be fine.
Anyway…I bought some with a zebra print, because I wanted to make some “Wild about you” valentines and well…you be the judge, I think they turned out really cute.
It seems that animal prints are quite the rage, as you can buy zebra, leopard and giraffe prints in scrap paper as well as tissue paper. Give students several options for an extra wild February bulletin board, then send the valentines home on party day.
I also made a copy of my doo-doo bag for you to print off, in case you can’t find anything, but I really like the see-through affect that the bag or tissue make.
Run off my heart template on red construction paper and fold.
Remind students to keep their paper folded and cut on the lines. Tell them that if they listen and follow directions they will come up with a special “February shape”.
Your students can make these as a special valentine for their family and/or you can surprise them with a treat bag and use the “Wild about you.” as a hangtag.
Click on the link to view/download the Wild About You Valentine.
Follow this activity up by singing my Z-E-B-R-A song to the tune of Bingo. Click on the link to view/download my Bingo song cards.
They are a great way to teach clap patterns, letters, spelling and simple subtraction! I have one for each month which will review every letter of the alphabet except X. The H-E-A-R-T one is a February favorite.
Students can also color this adorable letter Z or turn it into a pinch and poke or dot-to-dot.
Whatever you’re planning for Valentine’s Day, I hope you have a wildly wonderful time!
Be sure and gallop on over tomorrow for some more fun!
I'm So Glad You Swim In My School!Lovie, the heart fish, is a wonderful way to review the concept of small, medium and large. His goofy lips remind me of those wax ones I loved wearing when I was a kid!
I really enjoy my Y5’s exclamations of surprise, when they listen and follow directions, keeping their papers folded and cut on the lines.
I don’t tell students that they are going to make a heart, I inform them that they will be making a special “February shape” then let it be a “surprise”.
They are amazed when they open their papers to see a heart, and can’t wait to cut the rest of their fish parts out. This is a great opportunity to review symmetry with your students too.
Show a finished sample to your students so they know how to glue Lovie together.
You can add a wiggle eye and even some glitter for that extra bit of pizzazz.
I ran mine through a crinkle press that my students fondly call Mr. Cruncher Muncher.
Turning the crank is a great fine motor skill for them.
It’s one of my favorite “must have” classroom tools and sells for $18. Buy it with a half-off coupon for any of the major craft stores. It's perfect to add that finishing touch to any Ellison die-cut and adds pizzazz to patterning.
Reading the original Rainbow Fish story, is a nice follow up activity.
Because the Rainbow Fish stories are a fun favorite for Y5's, giving students a color choice for their Lovie heart fish, is nice and makes for a more dramatic and colorful bulletin board.
Even though they are board books, the Rainbow Fish Colors, Counting, and ABC books, are a great review and popular with little ones too.
“We LOVE swimming in our school!”
Include a student’s photo on each fish.
You could glue their pix on an aluminum foil heart or sparkly piece of scrapbook paper, in keeping with the Rainbow Fish's “scale” idea.
Only glue the pointy tip to the middle of the fish so that the fin pops out for a 3-D effect.
OR… another caption could be:
We’re Fishing For Facts! Turn the fact b. board into a writing prompt.
Have the students write 3-5 facts about themselves, a topic you’re studying, or do some math equations.
Use a separate sheet of paper, or write on the backs of the fish and suspend them from fish line in front of the board.
Click on the link to view/download Lovie, the Valentine-Heart Fish
After your students complete Lovie, have them transition to a game and play: Fishing For Facts with Goldfish crackers!
Younger students roll one dice and cover numbers 1-6, older students write out equations and cover goldfish 2-12. The child to cover all of their fish first, wins the game. Combine snack and math for extra timesaving learning fun!
Click on the link to view/download the Fishing For Facts games, which include number and number word flashcards + several skill sheets.
Fitting right in with my valentine fish-theme are these cute Valentine treats. Click on the link to zoom over to Juliann's site for more creative ideas.
They are very much appreciated, especially if you use an idea. Thanks in advance.
Since Valentine's Day is coming up fast, I wrote another article with a quick and easy valentine. Scroll down for the "I'm Wild About You!"valentine.