1-2-3 Come Do Some Candy Heart Activities With Me
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, but was a bit bummed because the letters only print in all caps. However, they do look just like real candy hearts, which are also printed in all caps.
While working on this article, I found cryptogram.com where you can type in up to 11 upper or lowercase letters! Wahoo!
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. I even made one for my husband, and taped it to his bathroom mirror. He chuckled this morning.
Some school's 100 Day lands on or close to Valentine's Day I made up a 100 Day candy heart as a cute note for your kiddo's. If you want, attach a box of the conversation hearts.
The Dollar sells them 4 in a pack. There's also smaller candy heart cards. Use them for Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" color games. Click on the link to view/download the 100 Day With Candy Hearts packet.
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. Simply use them as anchor charts, or 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, counting, graphing, measurement etc. I've also included puzzles for centers.
Pictured is an example of a guess-timation sheet. There's also one where students guess how many candy hearts will go around the heart shape.
I made numeric candy heart anchor charts as well as trace and write the number worksheets.
There are 2 graphing extensions: 1 for graphing your students' favorite flavor of candy heart, the other for graphing their favorite color candy heart.
Finally, I made up 208 traceable number and letter 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!
Thanks for visiting. Feel free to pin away. I hope you can stop by tomorrow. I'm finishing up candy heart packets for contractions, opposites, and colors!
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