Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentines Day Party in First Grade

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A fun day I look forward to every year is Valentines Day.  I have 3 little granddaughters and a first grade classroom. So that is a lot of fun people to plan for and they LOVE to have those parties!

We always decorate a heart shaped cookie.  I have so many different sprinkles that everybody is sure to make a masterpiece! 

My daughter made these cute vinyl blocks.

cute valentine decor

Some fun books we read...

Then we HAVE to play some Valentine Bingo games using markers made of conversation hearts.  Then the fun part, passing out our Valentines to each other.  First graders are really into this part of the fun and they love to look for everybody's Valentine holder to match the names up with their card.

 Here is how we make our Valentine Holders.  They are really sturdy and always turn out pretty.
Cute Valentine Holders...kids decorate  them with cut outs

Start with a rectangle shape folded in half about 14 x 18 folded rectangle. 

Then from the folded end turn up a corner to the middle and press (you are making a heart shape)

Then do the other side. I staple the middle twice at this point, just to keep it together
 but only through the top folded layer, don't staple through to the back layer.

Then cut a heart shape along the top of the back layer...then add a handle, staple to front
and then to back.  I used a 2 inch piece of thin poster board for handles. !


I gave them die cutouts of valentine hearts, stickers and foam peel and sticks...

Another fun thing I do is to play Valentine Hot Potato using a stuffed heart about 10 inches in diameter.
We play some fun rock and roll music and we pass the stuffed heart around till the music stops.  Or another fun game is musical chairs. When the music stops if you are the one without a chair, come out and get a little lollypop, so nobody feels bad when they get out.

The Valentine Bulletin Board turned out so pretty...We wrote about the "Things and People we Love!"
Budding authors...the kids wrote sloppy copies...

And I typed them up on cute paper... oops
I just noticed the hearts are upside down! OH NO!

You can probably tell we've been working on "adjectives" to describe things....

We make crafts too. An easy and fun one for little kids is to make a red, white, pink and purple bracelet using a pipe cleaner/chenille stem, and some kind of valentine beads.  I usually find what I'm looking for at Oriental Trading in the foam beads section. Link HERE These cute hearts are easy for little kids to put on a pipe cleaner.  Or if you want to take more time, use lanyard plastic string and make necklaces. It is stiff and easy for little kids to bead with.  You just have to tie it in a knot when you are done.
Playing Valentine Bingo with Conversation Hearts

A fun favor is to make popcorn treats using white chocolate melted and drizzled over warm popcorn. It is really cute with red and pink white chocolate disks, melted in the microwave. It makes a very pretty popcorn ball too.  Wrap them in little clear plastic lollypop bags you get from any craft store, and top with these cute bag toppers.  Just staple one on each bag. These gals Chica and Jo are real crafters and have lots of fun ideas. Link to the  Popcorn Bag Tag HERE.

Another idea I saw in Family Fun Magazine. It is making mustaches and lips attached to a stick. Or maybe I could use a tootsie roll pop? The link is here for that cute craft. CRAFT
Making our cookies...I found these cute melamine plates at Smiths for 99 cents!
These will make a cute table for my granddaughters at the Sunday Dinner!
We frost them all with pink icing and have fun going crazy with the sprinkles!

Thanks PTA for these yummy heart sugar cookies!  YOU ROCK! 

The more sprinkles the better...yummy pink icing...

I have some cute little gifts I've been saving for my granddaughters. I got them some little bath soaps shaped like pink dreamsicles, and some life saver shaped fizzies for the tub.Link is HERE They each have some cute little hairbands to have fun with too, and little baby Josie has a cute little velour outfit I got last year on an after holiday clearance.  I just guessed at her size. I got my kids Almond Roca and some fun gift cards.  I hope they love their Valentines!

Cute decorations for our bulletin board....looks like somebody ripped the head off of CUPID!!!

We sang fun songs...

Marisa and Megan's little Valentine Gifts
Our finished works of art!

We read my very favorite Valentine Book...it's a real Tear Jerker! 

Here's a cute card printable I found on Craftaholics Anonymous's Blog. She's really talented and I love her stuff... So go over there if you want to see some cute crafty stuff... The link is HERE

I got my married kids Almond Roca with some Coupons attached...They loved it!


  1. looks like a great party! I hope everyone had a great time.


  2. Patti, you have such great ideas. Loved the Big Heart Treat Holders and the Bulletin Board about things and people you love. Soooooo cute!

  3. I love the book Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch. When I was in the classroom, I would have students sit in a circle and write something positive they liked about each of the students in the classroom. (We would pass big hearts around with each students name on it.) It was a great class builder. You do such fun things in the classroom. U r a great teacher!

  4. Thanks Everyone! It makes it easy when the kids are all so cute and smart too!


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