Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine's Day Fever

With only two days 'til Valentine's Day, my classroom is buzzing with activity!
supplies and ideas for decorating Valentine mailboxes

Our Seventh Grade buddies came into the classroom yesterday to help my students decorate their Valentine's Day mailboxes. We covered shoeboxes with bulletin board paper and added LOTS of fun embellishments like doilies, stickers, paper hearts, foam squares, tissue paper... really anything in a Valentine color that seemed like it would make a fun decoration. 

A short while later, my classroom windowsill became filled with festive mailboxes just WAITING to be filled with loving messages and sweet treats!
decorate old shoeboxes to create VALENTINE MAILBOXES!decorate Valentine mailboxes from old shoeboxes

I painted red and white polka dots on my fingernails just for the occasion as well.
polka dot nails for Valentines Day

You may not have time to organize a shoebox decorating party in your own classroom, but I do have a few other fun ideas if you are still scrambling to find a quick and easy valentine activity. 

Valentine Bingo

You can turn any BINGO game into Valentine Bingo: just use foam (or candy) hearts as the Bingo markers and it instantly becomes a holiday-themed game. I love playing BINGO at class parties because the kids have a blast and it's a great way to review sight words or letters of the alphabet without students realizing that they are actually learning something.
turn regular Bingo into VALENTINE bingo with foam hearts

Need a BINGO game in a hurry? I offer several different games in the Kinder-Craze store. 
Class sets of 30 BINGO games

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Valentine Emergent Readers

I also created a few Interactive Sight Word Readers just for Valentine's Day. These are a great way to keep your students engaged in content while getting into the Valentine spirit. The best part? They only cost $1 each!
monster-themed emergent reader for Valentine's Day
Sight word practice with Valentine themed emergent readers
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Happy Valentine's Day!

9 comments:

  1. Love the mailboxes! :) Thanks for the Bingo idea, I think we will definitely have to play it for our class party!

    ~Jessica
    Fun in PreK-1

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    1. Bingo is always my go-to party game when I have some extra time to fill! I hope your Valentine party was a success!

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  2. I love Valentine colours !!! We made our mailbags today too :) I also finished my book banner and it looks lovely....I will email you a picture. Thanks for all the inspiration !!

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    1. I was so happy that you emailed the book banner to me! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  3. CUTE mailboxes and nails;) I think we might be painting our nails too!
    The Moffatt Girls

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    1. Thanks Annie! Did the Moffatt girls sport the polka dot look on your nails as well?

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  4. The mailboxes are so cute! We decorated bags yesterday and I loved all of the creativity that the students showed on the bags.

    ~Diving Into Learning

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  5. Another great post (as usual). I love the picture with your nails with the mailboxes in the background. I'm hosting a linky for people to share their Valentine's Day pictures, I'd love for you to link up this post if you have time. Enjoy your weekend.

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

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