Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentine's 2013 Part 1

Ahhhhh . . . Valentine's Day, which only follows Christmas and birthdays in a child's excitement!  My class is already in a frenzy talking about our Valentine party which is not until next week.  I've tried to stress the meaning of Valentine's Day, you know LOVE and all, but all I hear is CANDY & PARTY!.  Well, I do have four more days to get my message across.  Now, let me show you a couple of really cute and fun hands-on activities we did this past week. 

Here is an oldie but a goodie . . . Heart Man/Lady!  We let the children pick out the matching circles for the eyes, and hearts for the hands and the feet.  Each heart person looked different!  These are just plain fun!
This Heart Man is flying!

Don't you just love Heart Lady's hair and hair bow????
Our BIG project this past week has been our "Eric Carle Heart".  This is the second year in a row that we made this and it will not be our last.  First we started by painting a large sheet of construction paper, but we didn't use any paint brushes!  We used scrappers and other objects to spread the paint around. 
Next we used stamps to stamp designs into the wet paint!
The results were amazing!

After they dried, we cut the paper into pieces (GREAT fine motor activities!)

and glued the pieces to a giant heart!

 Well, all I can say is WOW!!!!
BUT, we weren't finished!  Next we wrote "I LOVE YOU" on a big piece of construction paper and took a Valentine's picture for our parents.

So far, this project took 3 days to complete, but it was WORTH IT!  Next week we will work on the picture frame! 

I needed an easy but fun Valentine's project was needed for Thursday and I found this on PINTEREST.  It was perfect!

After we traced and cut out the child's hand and arm onto red construction paper, the chidren took over!  After they glued their arm down, the children used cookie cutters dipped in different colored paint to make our "Valentine Love Tree". 

Friday is always fun in our class and this Friday was NO exception.  We made our "Valentine Vulture". 

(Sorry no pictures of the construction process, we were too busy laughing!  Here is another view and write up about him ). 

We spent a good deal of time on Friday in the kitchen talking about volcanoes

and making our very own "colorful volcanoes". Add a little paint to your vinegar and you get super fun!

If you haven't already, I highly recommend that you add some paint to your vinegar. 
It is a great way to help work on team-work
while enjoying a little science and color play at the same time.
Our Valentine theme will continue through next Thursday so I hope you stop back by and see what else we are up to!

1 comment:

  1. Sooo cute Karen!! I want to do the painted heart thing but don't think I have time to complete in 4 short days...will have to keep in the brain pan for next year....Have a great week, Liz