1-2-3 Come Do Some Valentine Party Day Activities With Me
Do your kiddos rip into their valentines and are done with that activity in about 5 minutes, when you were hoping to stretch that out a bit for more sanity-time on party day?
With that in mind, I designed some "Print & Go" easy-peasy valentine worksheets, that students complete using their valentine cards.
There are 4 worksheets to choose from (plus one also has a boy & girl option).
Pick what fits your needs, or do all 4 and simply print back-to-back for a 2-pager.
Your students will enjoy pouring over their valentine cards to complete the quick, easy & fun worksheets, which practice a variety of math & literacy skills, and you'll have some time to yourself to relax a bit before the next activity.
I've included colors, 2D shapes, counting, sorting, sight words, tally marks, greater & less than, graphing, plus a Venn diagram for comparison-contrast writing, and a place to glue their favorite valentine, then tell who it's from & explain why it's their favorite.
Today's FREEBIE is a paper chain craft. It's super simple to make the links look like hearts, and the perfect, "little something different" for pary day.
Younger kiddos can count links and show an AB-AB or ABC-ABC pattern, while older students can write spelling or sight words on the strips, or math equations from the board, then solve the equations on their links.
You can also use the hearts for other things, such as a bouquet for mom.
I've included an owl pencil topper in the packet as well. Just a little something you can whip together and leave on top of your kiddos' desk as an inexpensive party-day surprise. You can get a pack of 20, valentine pencils at The Dollar Store.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Today was short & sweet as I just got out of the hospital.
Sigh... some of my friends are zipping off to Florida or taking a cruise; me, I land in the hospital for a 2-day "staycation" because of breathing problems.
Feeling tons better and raring to design some more stuff!
Nothing like a little set-back to really make you appreciate life. Wishing you a healthy, rest of winter and beyond.
"They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything." -Bill Keane
February is all about sweethearts and sweet treats, and lip-smacking delights! I've got some crazy concoctions for you to whip up with your little ones, that will have their sweet tooth more than satisfied.
Fizzy Sweet Treat: A Science Lesson For Young Students
Toss some "fizzies" in a plastic bag and dip a cherry or strawberry lollipop in it and you have one awesome treat for a little kid to experience. I never really knew what was in my "Sweet Treats" as a child, nor why it sparkled and made my tongue all tingly, but it was great fun. Your students/children can do this too and have a science lesson at the same time!
The basis of the sweet treat is confectioners' sugar. 50g will make enough for about 6 children. For that amount you will also need a scant teaspoon each of bicarbonate of soda and citric acid. You can buy the latter, in the form of white powder, very cheaply, in small quantities, from the pharmacy. Children will also enjoy having a lollipop to dip into the powdery confection. I get the small "dum-dums" at The Dollar Store so that they don't last "forever".
Directions: Mix all the powders together thoroughly.
Why does it fizz? It's a reaction between the citric acid (the same acid as in lemons) and the bicarbonate of soda, which is an alkali. In this case the chemical reaction happens on your tongue, as the two dry ingredients mix with water (saliva) they create a gas in the form of lots of tiny little bubbles. The bubbles provide the tingle in your mouth. You are creating the same chemical reaction when you drop a bath fizzy bomb into your bath water. The active dry ingredients-which again include bicarbonate of soda and citric acid-react when they meet the bath water. Try doing this with vinegar as the liquid and get a real fizzy, bubbling result. The reaction happens immediately because the vinegar is the liquid. Combining vinegar and bicarbonate of soda is actually an old-fashioned cleaning recipe, used to help remove suborn stains in the kitchen, I use this chemical reaction in September during my dinosaur unit and add red food coloring to the vinegar so that it looks like lava. I put all these ingredients in my students' baby food-jar volcanoes and they have fun watching them erupt! Keep your "Fizzy Sweet Treats" dry. Store in little re-sealable plastic bags ready to dip your lollipop in, or in a plastic food container. You could also add some red Kool-Aid for a splash of color for Valentine's Day.
Shake It & Make It - Ice Cream In A Bag
If you've got a few minutes, you can make another Sweet Treat with your students and have more science fun in the classroom.
Cinnamon Heart Ornaments:
A room mommy brought these cupcakes in for her daughter's February birthday treat. She got the recipe from the Internet and shared it with me. Makes 24 cupcakes
I hope you enjoy these sweet treats with your little sweeties!
May you have a love-filled February!