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I HEART Valentines Day!

Yep... it was THAT day!

The last school day before Valentines day which means an abundance of candy, parents and more candy, chocolate hearts and sweet love notes, and more candy!

You guessed it... the day of the almighty Valentines class party!

While we only have a 30-minute party... the entire day is pretty much covered in pink and red along with some pretty fun and crafty activities!  Let's face it... the kids can ONLY think about when the party begins... when they can eat candy that they have been so eagerly spying in their sacks all week... so trying to do the usual lesson plan is OUT of the question!  Don't get me wrong... learning still takes place... it's all just in the form of Valentines Day!

Today started off reviewing the words on our word wall ... in the form of a hat! We definitely LOVE our sight words and are always working with them each and every day... and making a hat is the icing on the cake!

Each student received FOUR hearts and they had to identify and read four words on the word wall with at least three letters!  They added the words to their hat and away we went!

You can grab your free template by clicking on the picture above!

The past few years I always stock up on little conversation hearts around this time of year for MATH!  

Making 10 is the perfect skill for my kinders right now which made this that much more FUN!

We started off with these LIFE size conversation hearts!  Just shake and pour!

The hearts that land "words-up" represent the first number and the hearts that are words down represent the second part in making 10.

After our life-size activity... the students went on to their own hearts and making 10 activity!

You will need:

Let's Make 10 recording sheet (click here)
Conversation hearts

For every year that I have done this.... it gets more fun each and every year!

After lunch... it was time.  

Our party started off with minute-to-win-it games!

Game 1:
Give students candy hearts and give them 1 minute to stack as many as they can.  Goal is to get the highest stack!

Game 2;

Have a heart on paper.  Students need to put the heart behind their backs and attempt to tear it out on the lines!  (no scissors!)  These definitely turned out interesting!  HA!

I also got to slip over to Jaxon's party where they were doing a similar version of the stacking game;

They were using chopsticks!  Their first game was to get as many hearts into the cup within 1 minute (or 30 seconds depending on the grade level!)
They then had to stack them with the chopsticks!

This kindergarten teacher immediately thought... ahhh.... workin' on those FINE MOTOR SKILLS!

So now it's a three day weekend... coming off of the sugar high.... and heading out to celebrate Jaxon's birthday (from last month!) all day tomorrow!

While you may not be able to use these Valentines activities this year... hopefully you can save and keep for next time!

Until then...

Have a Happy Valentine's Day weekend!

Jessica Travis
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  1. Thanks for the awesome ideas and freebies! I always enjoy reading your blog posts!

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  2. You're so fun! Can I be in your class???


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