Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine's 2014

Wait a minute!  What in the world am I doing posting to my blog on at 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday??  Am I sick?  Is it a school holiday?  Am I playing hokey from school?  No, no and no!  Actually, we are having ANOTHER ice day!  Unlike last time, we received advanced notice and cancelled school for the day!  So, I thought I would take this opportunity to show everyone some of our wonderful Valentine fun!

I'm going to start with an activity that had everyone and I do mean everyone thinking I had lost my mind!  One of our letter this week is "H" and of course all the guys in my class loved telling me that "hammer" starts with "H".  Hmmmmm . . . . ok, let's hammer!?!?!?!  We made hammered hearts!
We started with a real honest to goodness hammer (thank you to my sweet hubby for allowing me to take it to school) and some chalk.  I sprayed the heart with a little water and laid the heart on a cutting board.  The children added pieces of chalk and then we covered it with wax paper. 

Then, I gave the child a hammer (and moved my fingers)!

WOW!  This was fun!  AND loud! 

After we hammered the heart, I sprayed our creations with hairspray (oh my goodness the "H" words) to keep the chalk from rubbing off.  Now this was a "H" week the children will not forget for a while!

We worked several days on our BIG Valentine surprise for our parents.  First we started off by painting a large piece of white construction paper with different colors.  Now, that doesn't sound very fun does it?  Well, it does when you paint it with "super fun" paint brushes . . . .

Everyone had a great time making our beautiful paper.  After it dried, we cut it into small pieces
and glued them to a giant heart.

OOH!  While our hearts were drying we wrote a little message to our parents.  Then, glue on our giant hearts.

But of course we did not stop here.  We took everyone picture holding their art work.
HOLD ON A MINUTE!  We're not done yet . . . . now we need a frame for this amazing photo.  My sweet friend and former co-worker, Martha, messaged me the other day on Facebook (yes, I'm on Facebook!) and asked me if I wanted some old silk roses.  WOW, she knows me ssssoooo well!  She arrived at school with the BIGGEST bag of silk roses I have ever seen!  I realized these would make our Valentine frames perfect.
I ripped the petals off faster than you could say "Valentines" and we were set!
The children added the lovely petals to our craft stick frames.

I picked up our lovely pictures and we will add them to our frames whenever we get back to school!

Wouldn't you love to receive this
(with your child's picture in it)
for Valentine's day?
Finally, no valentine's week is complete without our wonderful "Dancing Heart" girl and "Dancing Heart" boy.  I've been doing these for several years now and they are always a hit.
Can you see her hair bow?

The hair on this little fellow looks just
like the guy who made him!
Okay, I guess I better head off and do something productive in my house (not really, I'm probably just going to go and scrapbook some more wedding photos!).  I hope you try one or more of our ideas and if you do, please let me know how they turned out.  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Dear Mrs Harrington and class

    We are a Montessori school in Cape Town, South Africa. We are aged 9 to 12 years old.

    We also love doing arty crafty things in class. We think that your valentine's crafts were fantastic. We especially liked the hammer activity and the smooshy painting paper tearing activity.

    We are planning to make pink handmade paper hearts with rose petals and flower seeds in it so that you can bury your heart and flowers will grow!
    Link on pinterest:

    Love from Miss Tyler-Smith and the 9-12 "Monties"

  2. Love, love, LOVE all your posts, Miss Karen! You are wonderful! I hope you are enjoying your snow days and that soon you will get back to your little ones, because I'm sure they miss you.
    Keep up the great work. Your blog is an inspiration!
    Heidi Butkus

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  4. LOVE! Especially the hammering heart activity!! Pinning to letter H: )