Here are some public domain vintage valentines for you to print for your students or that special someone. Various sizes included to conserve ink.
"Blow A Kiss" is a quick, easy and fun "craftivity" your students can make on Valentine's Day. It's sure to become a keepsake.
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Valentine Activities With Me
I had a special request from Iesha, in Michigan, for some 10-frame cards with hearts on them. Since this was also on my "to do" list, I got right to it.
All of the new 10-frames packets include extra tiles, so that students can use them as manipulatives to make groups/sets to match the number on the cards, sort the tiles or pattern with them. Click on the link to view/download the Valentine 10-Frames packet.
1-2-3 Count Valentines With Me compliments the cards, as this easy reader booklet is based on a 10-frame and covers all sorts of standards.
Students read, trace and write the numbers and number words, circle the number in the sequence, dot that many spots on the 10-frame, then cut and glue the appropriate picture showing a group of that many.
The new "Count With Me" booklets, also have students add end punctuation to the simple sentences. Each packet also includes several worksheets. Click on the link to view/download the 1-2-3 Count Valentines With Me packet.
When I'm diddling around designing, an idea sometimes happens because of the adorable graphics done by really creative artists, like Laura Strickland (mycutegraphics) and DJ Inkers.
When I taught high school, my students enjoyed a variety of poetry that I shared with them. How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, was a personal favorite.
I thought this would make an interesting writing prompt for students. Just incase you'd like to share the original poem, I've included it in the packet.
Instead of love, I substituted the word like. Students can choose to complete the prompt for someone they are close to, or to promote friendship and build self-esteem within your class, have students choose a classmate. Students write things they like about that person, or things that person does that they like etc.
To jumpstart your students' creative minds, make one about your best friend, sister, brother, husband or wife to share as an example. I've also included a bookmark in color, that teachers can fill out for each student. Write the child's name on the heart and then list a few things of why you enjoy having them in your class. Click on the link to view/download the How Do I Like Thee? Valentine Writing Prompt packet.
I didn't have much time to design more valentine crafts this year, but I did want to make a few valentines that your kiddos could make and take home to their families.
Moms especially LOVE the cute "paper love" keepsakes that their child makes at school. With that in mind, I designed the "Blow A Kiss!" keepsake card.
The original idea came from "Life Is Sweet." She painted her baby's hand and pressed it on some paper for grandma and grampa. Here's my version:
Run off my template on white construction paper, or for more pizzazz, print it on regular copy paper and then have students trim and glue their card to their favorite color.
Students pick a partner and take turns tracing each other's hand. For PK kids, have a room helper do the tracing and cutting.
Draw a little tab at the base of the palm, so that the hand has a "hinge" and then cut out. Glue the hinge to the back, of the bottom of the card, so that it flips down, to reveal the sentiment.
I made a page of lip tiles (kisses), so that students can glue their "kiss" to the middle of their flopped over hand. For that finishing touch, add a school photo and some glitter. Click on the link to view/download the "Blow A Kiss" Keepsake Valentine Card.
Another quick valentine craft is a simple positive-negative reverse picture. My Y5's were always amazed when they folded the half-heart template, cut on the solid line and then unfolded a whole heart!
Most of them didn't even realize that they were cutting a heart out, and I didn't spoil the "surprise." I loved their excited exclamations over this scissor "magic."
Turn this into an interesting writing prompt for older students: "Half of me enjoys _______ and half of me enjoys ____________." I had a lot of fun writing a sample for you that will help to explain the lesson.
For more pizzazz, I cut my photo in half and arranged it on my "heartwork."
To get in some keyboard practice, have students write their rough draft, and then type up their final copy and mount it on construction paper. Completed projects make an awesome February bulletin board.
Click on the link to view/download the Folded Heart Writing Prompt Packet.
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"The educated differ from the uneducated, as much as the living from the dead." -Aristotle
If you celebrate 100 Day in February, you may want to include some conversation candy hearts in your activities. I have all sorts of candy heart packets and made this one especially for 100 Day.
100 ways to say "I love you." Have your students choose one, and find that country on the map.
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!
Last Minute Fun:
I know Valentine's Day is tomorrow, but I just had to post a few more things for people who still need a couple of finishing touches for their parties.
These Valentine Wands are super easy, and your students will LOVE finding them on their desk as a special surprise tomorrow.
Here's how to make them:
Run off the master on red/pink construction paper.
Cut out the hearts.
Cut the smaller back heart out of old file folders so that the wand is sturdier and won’t flop over.
Insert skewer into straw. This will make it sturdy so it won’t bend. The point will stick out about two inches. I don’t like to just use a skewer, as little ones wave their wands and I don’t want to chance them poking each other accidentally.
Glue the heart on the back on top of the skewer point. Tape the skewer in place. I’m big on finishing touches so I added two stickers to cover the tape.
Cut 3 pieces of 15-inch long curling ribbon. Use one strand to tie all of them to the end of the heart and curl the ends. I think metallic really gives it that extra sparkle.
You can simply write a student’s name on the back, leave it plain or really add pizzazz by writing their name in glitter glue. It’s worth the extra effort for the “wow!” effect you’ll get.
Lay them name up on your students’ desks on party day.
Click on the link to view/download the Valentine Heart Wand
Whatever you’re doing I hope it truly is magical!
Scroll down for article #2 - another quick surprise for your kiddo's.
Valentine, You Melt My Heart!
I LOVE melted crayon art.
You can do these black-framed templates each month using a different theme (shamrocks for March) and your students will never tire of them.
They have an outstanding stained-glass look, when hung in the windows or make an eye-catching bulletin board, by sprinkling them kitty whompus on a white or aluminum foil background with a paper lace border. Caption: Valentine, You Melt My Heart!
They are quick and easy, with terrific results; who could ask for more? Plus, peeling crayons and manipulating a sharpener, make for wonderful practice with fine motor skills.
Follow the project up with a mini lesson on secondary colors, as your students watch the crayons melt into each other and the yellow and red shavings blend to make a vibrant orange etc.
Here’s how to make a stained-glass crayon melt valentine heart:
Make heart templates from my master out of old file folders. Students trace them on a sheet of black construction paper.
Make sure to tell them to keep their paper folded in half.
Children cut on the lines, open their paper and are always amazed to find a heart.
If you have a Duplo, simply run off my master on black construction paper, fold the paper and have students cut on the lines.
As children finish, call them up to the melting table.
Lay a towel on the table and put down a sheet of wax paper.
Students have already selected the color crayons they wanted on their heart from the broken crayon tub and have removed the paper wrappings.
Children insert the crayon into the sharpener and twist it once. Make sure they sprinkle their filings on different spots of the wax paper.
You may want to have them swirl their pile of shavings with a Q-tip before you melt them.
Lay another sheet of wax paper over the top.
Set the iron on the lowest setting and lay it on top of the wax paper for a second. Lift and put on another spot.
I have experimented with “ironing” the sheet , rubbing it gently back and forth, instead of just pressing it up and down, but found that the colors run too much and smear into a big mess, sometimes ending up to have a “brownish” color instead of a nice melted many-color effect.
Practice does make perfect here, so you may want to experiment a bit before you start on your students’ projects.
Children brush Elmer’s glue on their black heart frame with a Q-tip and lay it on top of the wax paper.
Press with palms.
Let dry and then cut off the wax paper edges.
Since the backs are lovely too, these look great dangling from the ceiling as well.
Simply punch a hole in the top, make a yarn or ribbon loop and hang.
For another interesting look, have children put tissue paper squares on the wax paper using Elmer's glue. I really like the new CLEAR Elmer's it's perfect for this type of project.
When dry, brush lightly with Modge Podge and then mount the black heart frame on the top. They look cute sprinkled lightly with opalescent glitter too!
Do NOT hang in the window, because the sun will fade the tissue paper colors.
Click on the link to view/print the Melted Crayon Valentine Heart directions & pix
These lovely melted crayon hearts made from waxpaper are from Martha Stewart.
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If you want to do something special for your students this year, it only takes about ½ an hour to make 2-dozen valentine bookmarks for them.
They make a nice keepsake and something they can use for the up-coming March is Reading Month activities.
Using a paper cutter cut red construction or scrapbook paper into 11x3 strips.
Punch a heart shape in the bottom of the bookmark. My paper punch was 2 inches tall.
Make a color copy of your class composite. Cut children’s individual pictures out and tape or glue them to the back of the heart window.
Run off the “You’ve got a special place in my heart…” saying; cut the strips out and glue one to the middle of a bookmark.
Write your students’ names on the top.
Sign your name to the back.
Laminate them for durability.
If you want, tape a lollipop on the back so that it peeks out of the top.
Click on the link to print the article and pix. Valentine Bookmark
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Just like yesterday, I have a double-article for you. Scroll down for the "You Melt My Heart!" valentine.