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Valentine Card Holder Craft

Valentine Card Holder

As teachers, we are always thinking ahead. Thinking of the next month, the next theme, and the next holiday. So, obviously, I’ve now got Valentine’s Day and our exchange party on my mind. For the last 5-6 years, I’ve had my students make paper bag valentine card holders. Well, this year, I’m throwing it back and going “old school”. Check out these pocket valentine holders!

These were once a staple of my February curriculum, and now I remember why. Not only are they cute, but they are big! Big enough to hold all of the children’s cards and treats/trinkets; with the paper bags, my kids struggled to fit everything in. Also, with these pocket holders, students have a larger area to express their creativity, and that’s what is really important.

Valentine Card Holder

Simply staple together two pieces of 12″ by 18″ pieces of construction paper. Leave a two-inch margin at the top, and fold that front piece of paper down. Provide each child with a holder, a name tag, some glue, some decorative goodies, and watch the fun begin. Students who are developmentally ready should be prompted to cut out their own tags and write their own names.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– A stapler
– Puffy heart stickers
– Foam heart stickers
– Heart doilies
– Glue
– Markers and crayons
Our valentine name tag

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Outer Space Collaborative Collage

outer space collaborative collage

Once or twice a year I like to have my students work together to create a class collage to display in the classroom. The children really enjoy expressing themselves. Rarely do I have anyone turn down the chance to participate.

This outer space collaboration turned out to be a creative and fun experience for everyone. I provided a large, curved piece of Styrofoam that had been spray painted black and quickly sprinkled with a dusting of glitter. I also provided a tray full of sparkly decorative items. I found glitter foam at Walmart that made perfect stars and moons. Plain foil stars also work well. My students were drawn to the various materials, and loved choosing which ones they wanted to use.

outer space collaborative collage

This collage turned out to be 3D, but you can use poster board or cardboard and a variety of collage materials of your choice. Some may choose all the materials you provide, while others will use very few.

outer space collaborative collage

This open-ended activity provides the children with an opportunity to use their imaginations, express their creativity, and practice decision making. Additionally, when working collaboratively to create a piece of art, the children develop social skills and learn to work interactively.

MATERIALS USED:

– A large piece of Styrofoam or other material
– Spray paint
– Glitter
– Glue
– Pom poms (glitter and regular)
Sequins
Sparkly fuzzy sticks (pipe cleaners)
– Moon and star stickers
Acrylic jewels
Our star template

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Community Helper Math and Literacy Activities

Community Helper Math and Literacy Activities

Let’s learn about the people in our neighborhood! This Community Helper Math and Literacy pack contains 21 worksheets and 3 learning card activities that strengthen the following skills:

– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Classification
– Number recognition
– Number formation
– Set recognition and comparison
– Measurement (weight)
– Measurement (height)
– Patterning
– Fine motor
– Letter recognition
– Beginning sound recognition
– Language/Dictation
– Self-expression
– Association
– Visual discrimination
– Phonological and phonemic awareness
– Following directions

COMMUNITY HELPER COUNT & CLIP CARDS (COLOR 12/B&W 12)

Community Helper Math and Literacy Activities

Print these cards out on cardstock and laminate for heavy use. Students will count each set of helpers and clip its corresponding number with a clothespin. Numbers 1-12 are featured.

Community Helper Math and Literacy Activities

COMMUNITY HELPER VEHICLE MATCH-UP PUZZLES (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Community Helper Math and Literacy Activities

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use), and cut in half. Students will match each community helper to the vehicle he/she uses to do their job.

COMMUNITY HELPER BINGO (COLOR 4/B&W 4) / DRAW CARDS (COLOR 24/B&W 24)

Community Helper Math and Literacy Activities

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Provide a small manipulative for children to use as bingo markers. Five in a row (horizontally, vertically, diagonally) equals BINGO! While playing, be sure to facilitate discussion about each community helper shown.

WORKSHEETS 15 + COUNTING BOOK (1-10) (B&W)

Community Helper Math and Literacy Activities

A Community Helper Counting Book (1-10) is included in the worksheet section of this pack. Children will cut out the pages of the book. Teachers/adults should staple the pages together. Students can then count and write the number of community helpers on each page and color the pictures. Be sure to discuss the helpers featured and their importance to the community.

Additionally, with these worksheets learners will compare sets, color by numbers, classify helper vehicles, identify rhyming words, segment syllables, and so much more!

downloadGET THIS COMMUNITY HELPERS MATH AND LITERACY PACK HERE.

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