In need of new Ideas for Valentine's Party...

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  1. Weaver

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    I have a pre-k class of 23, and I am looking to do something different besides having a valentine's party with all junk food. Any suggestions would be great even if it has to do with what to have parents bring in, or themes to go with for the day. We know there will be tons of valentine's all over the place, but I would like the kids to try and know what valentine's day is about. I would appreciate any help.
     
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  3. BearHugMom

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    Good Morning! Here in my home daycare, each child brings cards for everyone, with no name as to who it is for, just in case someone forgets, I have extra here, we then have strawberry milkshakes, with heart shaped cookies for snack! We talk about love for each other, love for ourselves, and love for the whole world. We do a mailbox theme, each child has a mailbox that we put our cards in, we make them and take them to some shut-in in our community too.
     
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    I'm going to update my Valentine page with the
    info below: My philosophy for classroom parties is "K.I.S.S." (Keep It Simple Silly) and "less is more".
    Our valentine party goes like this:

    Read Aloud: Teacher reads valentine story or stories. You can see my favorite valentine read alouds at the link above.

    *TIP: If parents attend your parties have them read stories
    to the class while you supervise the set up of the activities or snacks.

    Sing-a-long: We sing our favorite valentine songs, I let the students pick which songs to sing. You can see the songs we sing on my Valentine page at the link above.

    Games: We play a game similar to "hot potato" only we pass a
    valentine bucket around (I found plastic heart buckets at
    Dollar Tree) filled with treats. The children all sit in a
    circle and when the valentine music plays they pass the bucket around the circle, when it stops whoever is holding the bucket gets
    to select a treat. The game is over when everybody has a
    treat. You could use any type of treat for this you want-
    conversation hearts, heart lollipops etc. I have used my Scholastic bonus points to purchase each child a valentine book before and used those as the prizes in this game.

    Activity: We usually make parent valentine cards and the
    Sweetheart photo frame see directions for both at the link to my v-tine page above, look in the activities section.

    Valentine bags: you can see directions and a picture of the
    bags we make at the link above. We make the bags several days in
    advance so we can make sure everybody has one. This year
    instead of the bags we are using oatmeal containers that a
    parent donated :)

    Card passing: I make sure the parents know NOT to address
    the cards- this make it SOOOOOO much easier to pass out.
    The kids all sit in a circle with their v-tine bag in their
    lap. I call one child at a time to walk around the circle
    and place one v-tine card in each child's bag. Every child
    brings a valentine for each student in the class.

    Snack: We have a special v-tine snack and juice boxes. I
    do not allow cups or any other liquid beverages as they
    always spill. If parents want to bring treats I encourage only cookies or healthy snacks and no cakes or cupcakes as they are very messy. This year I have a parent who is making heart shaped mini jello molds for each child- I think they had the rubber pans for these at the Target Dollar spot. My kids loved the Halloween jello treats she made. Also, anything with strawberries is always fun and healthy.

    You could do a service project instead and then celebrate your good deed on v-tine's day. One year we made valentine cards for veterans at the local VA hospital and another year we made valentine cards for nursing home residents.

    hth
     
  8. Weaver

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    Thank you for all your ideas and the quick responses, I appreciate them. They were all great ideas and I plan on using them. Thank you Vannapk, once again your always there when I need you! Your website helps me with lots of ideas. Your a great Inspiration for me!
     
  9. TeacherSandra

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    Jan 20, 2007

    GREAT GAME! I'll be doing this one this year!
     
  10. montessorisophi

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    Jan 28, 2007

    thank you for your post
     
  11. Aliceacc

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    Jan 28, 2007

    I say go for "heart healthy" activities.

    Do lots of dancing and running and jumping, all with a theme of keeping their hearts healthy!
     

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