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Happy Valentine’s Day

card making 2

Happy Valentine’s Day!  We like to celebrate this holiday as it is not too overwhelming to children and it is very sweet!  This year we wanted to talk about mail and how it moves to get from one place to the other.  We decided it was a perfect time to make Valentine cards for our families.  We have a card making work on our shelves so the children were familiar with this activity.  First, they decorate the white paper with a stamp roller (to create a border) and various Valentine stamps.  They then glue into red cardstock.  Some of the children cut out a white heart and glued it on the front.

Mailing card

We then had the children put the cards in a red envelope.

Card

We worked with the children to address their envelopes.  Long ago we bought a book about the Postal System and how it works.  Here is a link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Post-Office-Book-Moves/dp/0064460290  With email and other ways to communicate, many children do not know about addresses, zip codes, stamps and the postal system.  Many of the children were excited to see their special Valentine come in the mail in a few days!

heart pillow

We sewed heart pillows!  Many of the children are proficient sewers, especially with the whip stitch, and can do this almost independently.

sewing

We also made Valentine bags.

V bags

The children are excited to take the bags home and see what was inside.  There were many homemade Valentines and almost all had written their own names.

V Day Coffee

Yesterday the children made heart shaped scones to serve this morning at the parent coffee.  They were so happy to see their parents enjoying the scones.  Thank you to all of the parents who were able to stop by!

Finally, our amazing and extremely talented music teacher taught the children this song:

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day to all!