Literacy Ideas for a Fun Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is such a friendly holiday, isn’t it? Love, candy, cards… lots to like! And there are scads of ways to boost literacy skills. This week I’ll give suggestions for making cards and other crafty type things. Next week, I’ll suggest several ideas for other Valentine’s Day activities.

CARDS
Many kids love making cards. Of course, all you really need is to just put out a bunch of paper, doilies, glue, glitter… But if you want some other ideas, here are several to get started.
First, you need to know how to easily cut out hearts.

eHow
Cutting Out Hearts   This video shows how to cut out hearts, plus shows some ideas of what to do with them.
Artists Helping Children 
www.artistshelpingchildren.org/kidscraftsactivitiesblog/2011/01/how-to-make-magically-appearing-name-valentines-day-cards-craft-for-kids/” href=”http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/kidscraftsactivitiesblog/2011/01/how-to-make-magically-appearing-name-valentines-day-cards-craft-for-kids/” target=”_blank”>Magically Appearing Name Card   Ingenious!
Spoonful 
Scratch and Win Card  I wish I’d thought of this! My students would have LOVED it!
Danielle’s Place
Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids  Cards, card holders and crafts
Ever wonder how I Love You is said in other languages? Just don’t ask me how to pronounce them!
Je t’aime French
Te amo Spanish
Wo ai ni Chinese (Mandarin)
Ik hou van jou Dutch
Ich liebe dich German
Ani ohev otach (male) Ani ohevet otcha (female) Hebrew
Volim te Croatian
Ai shite masu Japanese, female speech
Ai shiteru yo Japanese, male speech
Mi amas vin Esperanto
Amo-te Portuguese
Jag älskar dig Swedish
OTHER VALENTINE’S DAY CRAFTS
Artists Helping Children
www.artistshelpingchildren.org/kidscraftsactivitiesblog/2011/01/how-to-make-and-weave-a-woven-heart-basket-for-valentines-day/ ” href=”http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/kidscraftsactivitiesblog/2011/01/how-to-make-and-weave-a-woven-heart-basket-for-valentines-day/” target=”_blank”>Woven Heart Basket  There are 2 versions given – difficult and easy.
www.artistshelpingchildren.org/valentinesdayartsandcrafts-005.html ” href=”http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/valentinesdayartsandcrafts-005.html” target=”_blank”>Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bar Wrapper A sweet idea…
Heart People  Consider adding speech bubbles!

Martha  Stewart
Heart-Shaped Crafts  Click the arrows to see all 33 crafts – looks like lots of fun!
Do you have Valentine’s Day crafts that your family enjoys? Tell about them in the Comments Box!
Gail

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