Friday, February 14, 2014

Sweet Hearts (and other randomness)

It's all things Valentine today!

{1} Door Decor
I started out the week by setting up a table with a long piece of string taped down on the ends.
My kinders could come here during their free choice time to make hearts and glue them to the string.  With a little instruction, and previous practice with making folded hearts, I let them go... and they amazed me. 

 They were so independent and focused on this task and when they saw it coming together, they were just as proud.
 I especially love the random black heart...
...and heart from recycled paper.

{2} Shell Game
I found these fun items in the dollar section of Target. I added our current sight words to the buckets and we played Find the Valentine Bear.
Students must read the word on the bucket they choose.  If they choose the right bucket, they get to squeeze the bear!

{3} Size Ordering Game
Have you ever wondered what to do with the adorable heart shaped candy boxes that you get every year?  Save them!  Spread them out on the floor in a line (in random order). Have your students take turns trying to get the hearts into size order. The trick is they can only move two hearts when it is their turn. Therefore, the two hearts have to trade places. This is a great game of strategy for all ages.

{4} Mail Bags

This is another very independent activity done as a whole class.  I just give them a bag and some scraps. I also set out markers and conversation hearts for them to read and copy messages if they want.
  I love that they all come out so different and this year they were super creative, even finding ways to make their hearts 3D. 

{5} Window Art {Poetry Puzzle}



  1. I love the hanging hearts in the doorway! My kinders also just learned how to cut out folded hearts and did a great job just like yours! How fun!

    The Land of I Can

  2. I am so jealous that you get to hang things from your ceilings! They turned out adorable! Great blog post.

    A Rocky Top Teacher

  3. I love the hanging hearts! The picture of your room made me smile ~ it looked so pretty!
    Natalies Nook

    1. Thank you Natalie! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for visiting too.

  4. You're classroom looked AMAZING! Gotta love hearts!!
    Elyse :)
    Proud to be Primary

  5. Elyse,
    I love Valentine's Day decorating. Hearts are so sweet. I hope that you had a great day. Thanks so much for visiting and your kind comment.

  6. Such great ideas! I am definitely playing that sight word game with my Kindergarten group... they are always trying to get their hands on fun toys! Hope you had a great weekend. I love the heart craft, too- so cute, and I love projects where lots of kiddos can work together!


    Always Adapting

  7. Just pinned those adorable hearts! Thank you :) Jen