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 1-2-3 Come Do Some Candy Heart Activities With Me

One of the things I do during February, is use NECCO's candy conversation hearts in all sorts of fun activities.  NECCO stands for the New England Confectionary Company. I really enjoy doing research to find out the background of things I use in the classroom, and while working on this blog article, I found some truly interesting information on a candy that's been around since Lincoln's time, when it was popular during the Civil War!

Back then, they were a crisp candy with a paper note tucked inside a cockle shell, much like a fortune cookie.  In 1866 the candy evolved into a heart shape when Daniel Chase, the brother of NECCO’s founder, Oliver Chase, invented the process of printing words on the candies.  They were written in red dye and were an instant success, (particularly as a wedding party favor) becoming known as  "Motto Hearts".
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Until I started doing research, I was not aware that each year the company makes up new messages. However, some sentiments like "Kiss Me" and "Be Mine" added in 1902, continue to be favorites. To keep things current, they've invited the public to join an online survey to decide what they want these sweet little messages to say. Recent favorites: "Tweet Me", Text Me", "Love Bug" and "You + Me".

I also learned that they have themes such as food, resulting in "Recipe 4 Love", "Table 4 Two" and “Yum-Yum” messages.  In 2003 they had a “school” theme with the messages: “Teach me” “Let’s read.” “Write me.” and “Whiz Kid” . To see an archive of the sayings from past years click on the link. 

According to the National Confectioners Association, “About 8 billion hearts will be produced this year!” The company has to produce 100,000 pounds of hearts a day to meet that demand, as they sell that amount in 6 weeks during their peak Valentine’s Day season.  So how do I use them in the classroom?

candy heart activities, candy heart games, candy heart facts, candy hearts information, games with candy hearts, graphing candy hearts, math games for valentines day, valentines day crafts, valentines day activities, dolch word activities, valentine cards, CVC word activities, valentines day gamesSo we can do a variety of math activities, I give each student 10 hearts.  We count them forwards and backwards; sort them by color, do some patterning with them, and measure how many hearts tall and long different things are.  We also practice addition and subtraction skills.  I call out various equations, writing them on the board and have my kiddos make the "equations" on their desk, using the hearts as manipulatives.

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This 33-page packet also includes 44 candy heart CVC word squares that you can use to play games or create sentences with.   candy heart activities, ideas with candy hearts, candy heart centers,candy heart pattern mat, candy heart graphs, candy heart certificate, candy heart booklet, candy heart valentines,

I designed these using the Acme Heart Maker site where you can type in 4-letter words on a candy heart template.  CVC word candy hearts,candy heart activities, candy heart ideas, candy heart lessons, candy heart math, candy heart centers, candy heart certificate, candy heart graphs, candy heart patterns, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart estimation, candy heart booklet, candy heart cards, candy heart Dolch Words, candy heart game, candy heart recipe, candy heart bingo, Even tho' they look exactly like real candy hearts, being a teacher, I'd rather have had them printed in lowercase letters.

A year later, candy heart activities, candy heart ideas, candy heart lessons, candy heart centers, candy heart math, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart graphs, candy heart certificate, candy heart counting cards, I found a new site: cryptogram.com where you can type in up to 11 upper or lowercase letters! Woo hoo!  I had so much fun thinking of things to make.  candy heart ideas, candy heart activities, candy heart math, candy heart centers, candy heart graphs, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart certificate, candy heart booklet, candy heart cards, candy heart valentines,

 Oh the possibilities! Type in your students' names to make them a bookmark or magnet; or set this up as an independent computer-center activity and allow them time to make a few of their own.  I even made one for my husband and tucked it in his lunch. candy heart ideas, candy heart activities, candy heart centers, 100 day activities, candy heart games, meassurement activities with candy hearts, graphing candy hearts, 100 day cards,  heart math, candy heart graphs, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart booklet, candy heart cards, candy heart valentines, candy heart certificate,

candy heart ideas, candy heart activities, candy heart centers, 100 day activities, candy heart games, meassurement activities with candy hearts, graphing candy hearts, 100 day cards,  heart math, candy heart graphs, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart booklet, candy heart cards, candy heart valentines, candy heart certificate,Some school's 100 Day lands on or close to Valentine's Day, so I made up a Happy 100 Day candy heart note for your kiddos.  To make this an extra special gift, attach a box of the conversation hearts. 

The Dollar sells them 4 in a pack.  There's also smaller candy heart cards in the packet.  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 activities.

candy heart ideas, candy heart activities, candy heart centers, 100 day activities, candy heart games, meassurement activities with candy hearts, graphing candy hearts, 100 day cards,  heart math, candy heart graphs, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart booklet, candy heart cards, candy heart valentines, candy heart certificate,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.

candy heart ideas, candy heart activities, candy heart centers, 100 day activities, candy heart games, meassurement activities with candy hearts, graphing candy hearts, 100 day cards,  heart math, candy heart graphs, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart booklet, candy heart cards, candy heart valentines, candy heart certificate,You can do several things with these.  Simply use them as anchor charts, or print them off, laminate, and then cut them apart to make Memory Match games.

You can also put the posters up on your word wall for February; have students put the hearts in alphabetical order, or cut them up to make mini puzzles. Students can also choose several hearts and make sentences using those words.

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.   candy heart ideas, candy heart activities, candy heart centers, candy heart math, candy heart patterns, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart graphs, candy heart estimation, candy heart certificate, candy heart booklet, candy heart Dolch words, candy heart CVC words, candy heart bingo, candy heart games, candy heart cards, candy heart valentines, candy heart recipe,Click on the link to view/print the Dolch Word Candy Hearts.  

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Finally, Contraction activities are often requested, so I thought I'd make a set of those, using 61 contractions.

Students match the word cards to their contraction cards.  You could also have children choose several cards and write sentences.  Click on the link to view/download the Conversation Heart Contraction Cards. 

Whew!  That's a lot of candy heart themed activities.  I hope you found a few to help round out your Valentine's Day activities, or use for the rest of February. 

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"I believe we must give more than we get; and leave more than we take." - Foster G. McGaw

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I had so much fun making things with candy hearts on Monday,  that I thought I'd make a few more things for today.   If you missed the article, simply scroll down.  As usual, my brain was going a zillion miles an hour of what other things I could do with the candy heart generator.

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Print; laminate and trim to make Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has" games.  I've also included a cover, if you want your students to make an Itty Bitty Candy Heart Color booklet.  Click on the link to view/download the Candy Heart Color Cards.

candy heart activities, daily 5 word work activities for february, daily 5 activities for valentines day, candy heart games, candy heart centers, color word activities, contraction activities, valentines day certificates, 100 ways to say I love you, valentine word searches, valentine word finds, valentine crossword puzzles, how many words can you make using the letters in valentinesContraction activities are often requested, so I thought I'd make a set of those, using 61 contractions

Students match the word cards to their contractions.  You could also have children choose several cards and then write what the contraction or words are, depending on which ones they picked.  Click on the link to view/download the Conversation Heart Contraction Cards. 

candy heart activities, daily 5 word work activities for february, daily 5 activities for valentines day, candy heart games, candy heart centers, color word activities, contraction activities, valentines day certificates, 100 ways to say I love you, valentine word searches, valentine word finds, valentine crossword puzzles, how many words can you make using the letters in valentinesSwitching gears, I wanted to design a few quick Daily 5 word work activities with a valentine theme. 

How many words can you make using the letters in the word valentines?  Challenge your students to work independently or in small groups.  Set a timer, or let teams work on their lists throughout the day. 

I came up with a whopping 312 words!  When everyone has shared their list, share mine and highlight any that students don't know.

Give some to each team and have them look the words up, and then share their results with the class. I've also included several certificates of praise. Click on the link to view/download the Valentine Word Challenge. 

candy heart activities, daily 5 word work activities for february, daily 5 activities for valentines day, candy heart games, candy heart centers, color word activities, contraction activities, valentines day certificates, 100 ways to say I love you, valentine word searches, valentine word finds, valentine crossword puzzles, how many words can you make using the letters in valentinesA Valentine Word Search is also a fun way to practice spelling, and build vocabulary.  This one has 22 familiar words associated with Valentine's Day, an answer key, plus several links for students to play valentine word searches online, as well as a list of quite a few sites for them to do valentine crossword puzzles

Including a site where they can make up their own crossword puzzle to share with their classmates.  Click on the link to view/download the Valentine Word Find packet.

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These would be fun to include in a valentine card students make for their families, or as a jumpstart to having students do some computer research and find 3-5 facts about one of the countries listed.  Click on the link to view/download 100 Ways To Say "I love you." 

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"Study without desire, spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in." -Leonardo da Vinci

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I’m so excited! Last year I found the Acme Heart Maker site where you could type in 4-letter words on candy hearts.  CVC word candy hearts,candy heart activities, candy heart ideas, candy heart lessons, candy heart math, candy heart centers, candy heart certificate, candy heart graphs, candy heart patterns, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart estimation, candy heart booklet, candy heart cards, candy heart Dolch Words, candy heart game, candy heart recipe, candy heart bingo, 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. 

candy heart activities, candy heart ideas, candy heart lessons, candy heart centers, candy heart math, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart graphs, candy heart certificate, candy heart counting cards, While working on this article, I found cryptogram.com where you can type in up to 11 upper or lowercase letters! Wahoo!  candy heart ideas, candy heart activities, candy heart math, candy heart centers, candy heart graphs, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart certificate, candy heart booklet, candy heart cards, candy heart valentines,

 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.  candy heart ideas, candy heart activities, candy heart centers, 100 day activities, candy heart games, meassurement activities with candy hearts, graphing candy hearts, 100 day cards,  heart math, candy heart graphs, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart booklet, candy heart cards, candy heart valentines, candy heart certificate,

candy heart ideas, candy heart activities, candy heart centers, 100 day activities, candy heart games, meassurement activities with candy hearts, graphing candy hearts, 100 day cards,  heart math, candy heart graphs, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart booklet, candy heart cards, candy heart valentines, candy heart certificate,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.

candy heart ideas, candy heart activities, candy heart math, candy heart graphs, candy heart centers, candy heart patterns, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart booklet, candy heart certificate, candy heart estimation, 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.

candy heart ideas, candy heart activities, candy heart centers, candy heart math, candy heart patterns, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart graphs, candy heart estimation, candy heart certificate, candy heart booklet, candy heart Dolch words, candy heart CVC words, candy heart bingo, candy heart games, candy heart cards, candy heart valentines, candy heart recipe,Click on the link to view/print the Dolch Word Candy Hearts  Click on the link to view/print the bomb cards.

candy heart ideas, candy heart activities, candy heart math, candy heart centers, candy heart graphs, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart patterns, candy heart estimation, candy heart certificate, candy heart booklet, candy heart recipe, candy heart games, candy heart bingo, candy heart cards, candy heart valentines, candy heart Dolch words, candy heart CVC words, candy heart ideas, candy heart activities, candy heart centers, candy heart math, candy heart patterns, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart graphs, candy heart estimation, candy heart certificate, candy heart booklet, candy heart Dolch words, candy heart CVC words, candy heart bingo, candy heart games, candy heart cards, candy heart valentines, candy heart recipe,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. 

candy heart ideas, candy heart activities, graphing candy hearts, candy heart centers, candy heart math, candy heart patterns, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart graphs, candy heart estimation, candy heart certificate, candy heart booklet, candy heart Dolch words, candy heart CVC words, candy heart bingo, candy heart games, candy heart cards, candy heart valentines, candy heart puzzles,candy heart recipe,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.

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graphing candy heartsThere are 2 graphing extensions: 1 for graphing your students' favorite flavor of candy heart, the other for graphing their favorite color candy heart.

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.

candy heart ideas, candy heart activities, graphing candy hearts, candy heart centers, candy heart math, candy heart patterns, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart graphs, candy heart estimation, candy heart certificate, candy heart booklet, candy heart Dolch words, candy heart CVC words, candy heart bingo, candy heart games, candy heart cards, candy heart valentines, candy heart recipe,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?

candy heart bingo, candy heart ideas, candy heart activities, candy heart math, candy heart centers, candy heart patterns, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart graphs, candy heart certificate, candy heart booklet, candy heart estimation, 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.

coffee filter snowflake heart valentines, candy heart ideas, candy heart activities, candy heart math, candy heart centers, candy heart booklet, candy heart cards, candy heart valentines, candy heart graphs, candy heart patterning, candy heart pattern mat, candy heart estimation, 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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