A Sweet Way To Learn!
I’m so excited! Last year I found the Acme Heart Maker site where you could type in 4-letter words on candy hearts.
I went crazy making some cute CVC words for you yesterday, but was a little bummed because the letters only print in all caps.
Plus if your sweetie has a name longer than 4 letters you can’t make them their own special I love you heart.
Then last night while working on this article, I found cryptogram.com where you can type in up to 11 letters! Wahoo!
Yay! How perfect to make a surprise heart note for all of your students, or allow them keyboard practice, and let them make their own heart or message, in an independent computer-center activity. Make one for your sweetie. I taped mine on my husband's mirror. He chuckled this morning.
Some school's 100 Day lands on or close to Valentine's Day make up a 100 Day candy heart as a cute note for students or design an activity around them.
Of course my brain was working over time trying to think of the zillion ways I could use this.
I got out my Dolch word list and made a complete set of Conversational Hearts from all of the lists Pre-Primer through 3rd grade.
You can do several things with these. Print them off and laminate them. Make Memory Match games, put them up on your word wall for February, have students put them in alphabetical order, or have students choose several and make sentences with them.
Play a whole-group game and put the laminated hearts in a box, have students take one out identify the word(s). If they cannot they are out of the game.
Another way to play this is “Kaboom!” Pass around the candy heart cards. Go around the circle.
Children read their word(s). If someone has a bomb card, everyone yells “Kaboom!” and you start over. The person holding the bomb, can remain in or be out of the game depending on how you want to play.
There are many math centers you can do with candy hearts: patterning, guess-timation, (pictured) counting, graphing, measurement etc. I’ve included some fun new skill sheets for you in More Fun With Candy Hearts click on the link to view/print this 33-page mini conversation heart unit. Last year’s booklet was Fun With Candy Hearts.
Finally, I made up 208 number and letter traceable flashcards with covers so that your students can make Candy Heart Itty Bitty booklets for counting, skip counting by 2’s, 3’s, 5’s, 10’s, color words and colors, + the alphabet (upper and lowercase letters).
These also make great Memory Match Games too!
Click on the link to view/print Candy Heart Itty Bitty Books
Want some more fun things to do with candy hearts?
National Geographic has a Candy Hearts Bingo Game. Click on the link to check it out.
Allcrafts.net has a tutorial of how to make your own candy hearts. Click on the link to check that out.
Make these lovely snowflake valentines out of a coffee filter and put some candy hearts on them for a cute party favor. Click on the link to see how the Peppermint Plum Blog Spot does it!
Whatever you decide to do with the candy Conversation Hearts, I hope you have a really sweet time!
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