Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and I feel like really going all out this year.  For me, that will mean throwing my students a Valentine's Day party.  (Which might be construed as kind of sad, I guess.  Better not dwell on that one!)  While I might have grandiose ideas in my head, the end result will probably be pretty calm.  Last year I opted to make my own cards for the kids.  I got plain white index cards from the office, glued on hearts I cut out from an old book, and then added heart pencils to holes punched into the cards.  I wrote messages like, "You've got the WRITE stuff, Valentine!"  I didn't feel too bad about the obvious cheesiness of those kinds of sentiments, because Valentine's Day is pretty cheesy, no?  
I have already cut out my paper hearts for this year (one of my class library books recently went kaput, so I decided to upcycle it).  I think I may hole punch the hearts and add them to red and white barber pole style straws. 
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I plan on making that punch that uses raspberry sherbet and lemon lime soda, and I am going to serve it in clear plastic cups with those straws.  How cute is that?!  In my head, it is super cute. 
 I think that is what I will use my paper hearts for this year, and that way I can give my kids different Valentines.  I am loving the idea of vintage cards, like these:
Love it!  And look- they have my straws!
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"Are you my Valentine?
 I'll bite!"
(Is that a threat?!)
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This "wood" be perfect for 5th grade, since we learn about the
Dutch East India Company and the Middle Colonies.
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I think it would also be fun to make moustache pops for the kids, attached to cards that say something along the lines of "I MUSTACHE you a question- Will you be my Valentine?"
My brother and sister-in-law made us mustache pops for Christmas a while back, and they were a huge hit with the kids and the adults.  I know this is an older trend, but it is still a fun one!

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The kids would LOVE having their pictures taken with these fun props!
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Okay, these "Super Valentines" are also super cute (and super easy, and super cheap!)
  1. from Zakka Life

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