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!