Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentines Hearts


Several years ago I read on Pro Teacher about an idea for Valentine's Day that I fell in love with. Unfortunately, I do not remember the name of the very creative teachers that came up with this idea, but if you ever see this post, than THANK YOU so much, because this has been such a fun, successful art/valentine project that the kids and families love! I've been doing this for the past 3 years and I have kids that tell me that they still have the posters up on their walls.  That is just awesome.  So, we've been working again this year and they just seem to get better each time we make them.  So, here's what you do:  instead of having the students bring in those store bought valentine's, I ask the parents to send in craft stuff like foam hearts, ribbon, stickers, anything to decorate a Valentine's Day poster.  In the class I have the kids write something nice about each classmate.  I then type these out in different fonts (it was time consuming the first year, now I just save them and reuse or retype over the ones I have).  Then as you can see in the pictures, we painted the large hearts, decorated them and then glued on the strips of paper that have the nice things they all said about each other.  One more thing, no one makes their own.  Everyone makes one for someone else.  That's a big part of the fun.  I hope you enjoy these as much as we do.  It's just so nice and each kid is on the same playing field with this... no more having kids come in embarrassed that they don't have valentines to hand out to their friends.  Everyone has a BIG, BEAUTIFUL poster all about themselves


Here is a work in progress.  This is after the kids finished the first part which is to paint the large poster hearts.  The look so pretty!








Here are samples (I know I went overboard, they are just sooooo pretty I wanted to share all of them but I restrained myself!) of the finished products.


I put this one in just so you can get a perspective of how big the hearts are.  The one that this child is holding was made by his best friend in the whole wide world!

29 comments:

  1. What a cute idea! About how long does it take to decorate the hearts?

    Mrs. Patton
    http://pattonspatch.blogspot.com/

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  2. It took us about 45 minutes more or less to paint the hearts. Then they needed to dry, so we did that part in the morning. The actual decorating takes about an hour. The part that was time consuming was the writing nice comments about each other (my kids struggle with writing) and then my time spent typing them into the computer and cutting out. If you have older kids, then they can cut out the words. It is so worth the time.

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  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!! I wish it wasn't too late to do this with my first graders- but I am writig it down as something I want to do next year!! THANK YOU!

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  4. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. I am so doing it next year. Thanks for taking the time to explain it! I love the font you used to type their names (with hearts) CUTE!
    Kim
    http://saylorslog.blogspot.com/2011/02/blog-post.html

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  5. great idea! I might send home the write something nice about your friends as a homework assignment a few nights leading up to V-day! thanks for sharing!!!!
    WAY TO GO, TEACH!
    -gina

    beaniesdailyblog.blogspot.com

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  6. Thanks for the idea. I guess it's too late for this year, but maybe I can find a way to do it at the end of the year. Hmm... :)

    http://pattonspatch.blogspot.com/

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  7. My daughter's 3rd grade teacher did this years ago - a little simpler, no painting - and the kids wrote directly on the heart (but, of course, they were in 3rd grade). But I love your idea, and I'm planning on teaching 1st grade next year, so will file this one away! Nice to get away from all the premade crummy valentines and candy - good for you!!

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  8. These are so creative and artistic-which means I could never do it. Love the idea!
    Cecelia
    http://ilove1stgrade.blogspot.com/

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  9. I love the hearts, they are beautiful! I especially love the fact that you had them make them for other kids. They're great!

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  10. I am just finding your blog and I LOVE all your great ideas. I will for sure be doing this one come February. What do you use for the big hearts, cardboard, poster board??? Thanks for your help! I know these will be a hit.

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  11. I LOVE this! This will go great will all of the things we do with hearts in Our School Family. We fill our bucket with helpful hearts and this will be a great way to show "how" that makes our hearts feel!

    I would love for you to come read about how we use our hearts and even our We Care Bag. Plus, I have TONS of *freebies*!

    I am one of your happy followers and love your blog! =)

    Heather
    Heather'sHeart

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