Valentine's Day party

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    Hi everyone. I am the mother ofa first grader and I am the room mother for his class. I would like anysuggestions for games and crafts for their Valentines Day party. I had a hard time filling the hour provided for the Winter Party. They went through my game ideas and craft so quickly. So, what were some of the best Valentine's Day party ideas you have had in your classroom. I want the kids to have a good time. Thanks for your help! Laura
     
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    Bingo using candy hearts as place markers? You can buy inexpensive Bingo games (called JINGO) or you could probably find Bingo cards online. I think any age level loves that, plus they can eat the hearts after the game is over.
     
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    When I was in 3rd grade we took conversation hearts and made Valentines for our parents. We'd write a sentence on paper and leave out certain words that the conversation hearts would fill in. Then glue that heart to the paper. They would say things like - Mom and Dad, I "love you" so much. I would like for you to "be mine" Valentine. - Of course we ate a lot of hearts along the way. This whole thing would probably work better if you had scripts for them to follow. Kind of like Mad Libs with conversation hearts.
     
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    I forget where I saw this, and it might not be party-worthy.
    Take a heart cut from construction paper.
    Have the kids think of names they have been called, and crumple the heart as they call out the names.
    After a few seconds, have them stop.
    Uncrumple the heart as best you can, pointing out that the wrinkles never fully go away.
    So it is with insults- we can forgive, but they are hard to forget.
     
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    I am making heart bingo. I am cutting out different colored hearts and gluing them on a blank bingo mat I created in Word. I plan on using the little heart candy for bingo chips. Afterwards we will get to eat them and have a few other small treats. I always ask my class mothers to keep it simple (juice, a cookie or two) and bring grapes so there is some type of fruit. If strawberries are on sale I will bring that in as well.
     
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    You can take heart cutouts and cut them apart using fancy scissors. They then have to find their match without seeing them, only describing them. Attach the half to their back and they go around and ask them what theirs looks like and based on that info and helping others identify theirs, they find their match. This can take some time!
     
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    Decorating cupcakes or sugar cookies can be fun, although messy. :)

    I love the idea about mad-libs with the hearts... TOO CUTE! :)

    There are all sorts of things you can make with hearts and lines... our kids made Valentine's Mice this week (large heart upside-down forms the body, smaller heart right-side-up slightly overlapping forms the head, then eyes, nose, whiskers, and a tail!)...

    I remember in K or 1st, doing heart-people... large heart for the body, then small hearts for hands and feet, with accordion-folded paper arms and legs... of course, heart-shaped eyes, nose, etc...
     
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    party ideas

    I love all the ideas so far, why not turn these into centers? If time permits, have 4 centers set up with a parent volunteer working each one. Do art, snack, game, song or writing activity centers. Children will rotate through the centers. sort of a divide and conquer.
     
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    I play "mend a heart". Using red construction paper cut out a large heart. Write a compound word on it and then cut the heart apart using pinking shears or shaped scissors. Be sure that you use several compound words that have the same words (ex: fireman, firehouse, grandmother, grandfather)
    Students have to go around the room and find the other half of their heart to complete the compound word, thus mending the broken heart. It gets tricky for the kids because they have to be sure that the heart matches even though they may be making a word. I usually punch a hole in the top of each half and thread yarn through it. They hang the heart around their neck. Matches then sit together. Can be played several times. Another activity is to cut out door hangers from craft foam (or you can buy them precut) Buy a tub of valentine foam shapes (some already have the glue on them) and they can create their own personal door hanger. Alphabet letters are also available to create their names.
     
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    Valentines Day party Ideas


    I do this in stations.... Our class rooms all have lofts, so the day before I cover the loft in red paper and move a table into it and hang valentines day lights I decorate the table with a large sheet of pink paper and cut out hearts. The outside has die cut letters that say ice cream parlor. I laminated several ice cream photos from my print shop program and attach them to the parlor alos. I have parents donate ice cream and lots of topping, the kids love to make them. For the craft, I took digital photos of each child holding a heart then on print shop I turned each photo into a black & white and just colored in the heart pink! These were so cute, then we just had a table covered in pink paper of course, with large foam squared and lots of foam hearts . The kids decorated the from square with the photo and hears and added a magnet to the back. Thsi was a very cute craft. For the game we had several hearts with words on eash like jump, crawl, walk backwards etc, and we divided into teams each person had to draw and do that activitie to the next location, draw another heart and do that one back, and on to the next person. I also had a love potion drink station ( we had 1 1/2 hours to fill) I printed out labels for several different 2 littler bottles...example muscle juice ( with a photo of a muscle) Love Juice, Friendship Juice, Laughing Juice Etc. I had several rose bud vases filled with eachj juice abnd the kids loved mixing and making thier own potion. We poped pop corn, and finished by playing candy bar bingo....this is another huge hit, play bingo and have a tray of several large candy bars, and each winner gets to pick out a full size candy bar. We played this several times ...just make sure you bring plenty of candy bars, you will get several kids hitting bingo sometimes. I have also made some really cute snacks with rice krispy treats, just take a med. size funnel spray pan and add rice krispy treat recipe, pop them out wrap in foil and on you computer print a cute little streamer to add to the top like a hershey kiss....I just put happy Valentines day in pink. I hope this helps, I know I'm over kill, I can't help it!
     

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