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Valentine's Day Skit for Kids: Hide and Seek Hearts

Hide and Seek Hearts is a Fun Play for Valentine's Day   

This Valentine's Day, get into the spirit of kindness with this fun play for Valentine's Day. This skit is perfect for elementary kids and can be adapted for preschoolers or junior high. All of our FREE play scripts include a companion craft. Hide and Seek Hearts is a fun activity that kids will love. Enjoy!

Valentine's Day Skit for Kids: Hide and Seek Hearts
Valentine's Day Skit for Kids: Hide and Seek Hearts.

Hide and Seek Hearts is a play for 8 participants. Get other children involved in creating the hearts and props needed to perform the skit.

This skit has a literacy focus. It teaches adjectives, action words, and encourages brainstorming for positive affirmations. Use it as a classroom companion project for language arts. Have the students come up with a kind, descriptive word for every class member and design a heart to share with them. Isn't that so much nicer than candy? We think so.

Free Printable PDF: Valentine's Day Skit for Kids


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Valentine Conversation Heart Printables with Cherub Cupid Coloring Page

Free Printable Valentine Conversation Heart Clipart and Cherub Coloring Page




True Love Candy Heart Clipart Printables
True Love.
Cupid is a cute little cherub and he's going to shoot you with his arrow in this Printable Valentine Coloring Page. Scroll down for free printable clip art conversation hearts candy.


Baby Cherub Cupid Coloring Page
Right click to save and print or Print Cupid Coloring Sheet PDF here.



Be my Valentine Conversation Heart Clip Art
Be My Valentine Conversation Heart.




Be Mine Conversation Heart Candy picture
Be Mine.
Hugs Conversation Heart Candy Printable Photo
Hugs.
Kiss Me Conversation Candy Heart Printable Image
Kiss Me.



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Downloadable Valentine Coloring Sheet


Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! (If You Give...)*



Free Valentines Coloring Page Printable Snowman

Free Printable Valentines Coloring Page for Little Ones. 

It's Valentine's Day, a great holiday for kids to learn about giving! Here's a cute little snowman valentine coloring page, but don't love him too much- he might melt. Enjoy!


Snowman Free Printable Valentines Coloring Pages
Happy Heart Day!  
Don't warm his heart too much or he'll melt.

Click here for: Free Printable PDF Snowman Valentine Coloring Sheet


Recommended Reading:

Snowy Valentine*

Valentine Coloring Pages







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Valentine's Day Ladybug Activity for Preschoolers: Tic-Tac Toe Game

Cute Ladybug Craft for Valentine's Day for Preschoolers

This adorable ladybug paper craft was made by Mama Mia (she no longer blogs). It is a fun paper project to make with preschoolers or a buggy Valentine to make for your little ones. Get them involved in the process for some hands on learning and fine motor skills. Enjoy!


Ladybug Valentine Paper Craft for Preschool Kindergarten
Ladybug Valentine Paper Craft for Preschool Kindergarten.


Companion Lesson

Draw one heart and one square to use as a template. Have preschoolers trace squares and hearts and then let them cut them out. This focuses on hand eye coordination and fine motor skills.

As the children glue the legs on, discuss the differences between spiders and insects. How many legs does a ladybug have?

How to Make Ladybug Tic Tac Toe Game

2 large sheets of red construction paper (or craft foam).
1 large sheet of black construction paper (or craft foam).
1 scrap or half sheet of pink construction paper (or craft foam).
2 googly eyes
1 glue stick

Cut 2 tiny hearts for  the antennae
Cut 5 pink and 5 red hearts for game pieces
Cut 6 long strips of black for legs. Cut these straight and then fold as shown above.
Cut 2 long strips of black for the antennae.
Cut 9 Squares for game board.
Cut 1 half moon from black paper for head.


Recommended Reading:

Ladybug Girl Party Ideas

Preschool Circle Time Ideas

The Grouchy Ladybug*

Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons*













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Monkey Valentine Conversation Hearts Sight Word Game

Conversation Heart Sight Word Game for Kids

Get crafty for Valentine's Day using Cupid's arrows and Conversation Hearts in a Sight Word game for kids. This simple activity is perfect for early childhood literacy. Store the arrows and hearts in the monkey pocket, and then mix and match to form sentences. Scroll below for printable pattern and how to play the game. Enjoy!

Monkey Valentine Sight Word Game for Kids
Make Conversation Hearts into a Sight Word Literacy Game for Kids.


Printable Template for conversation heart game for kids
Template pattern for Monkey Valentine game.



You will need:
Construction paper, markers, scissors, glue, and scrap gift bags.

How to make the game:

Cut out pieces per pattern above. Glue monkey's face together. When gluing monkey face to paper; glue only  the outermost edge. Important: do not glue the top of the paper down (between his ears). Now you have a pocket to store your game pieces. Cut out game pieces and write simple sight words on the arrows and hearts. Make sure to use lots of action words, pronouns, nouns, and verbs.

Ideas for heart words might include feeling words like happy, sad, mad, funny.


Arrow words should include words like the, boy, girl, I, a, dog, cat, was, is, could, ran, likes. Cut more than 10 arrows to make the sentences more interesting.


How to play the game: (two players)

You will need 2 dice. Place hearts upside down on table. Each player takes turn drawing for a total of 5 hearts. Hold in hands like cards or place face down on table. Each player takes a die. Youngest player rolls first. Player must roll a 3 or 6. When a 3 is rolled player draws an arrow from the pocket. When a 6 is drawn player draws 2 arrows. With each turn, the player tries to form a simple sentence. Player must pass if they cannot make a sentence. Players can work together to make sentences too. The first player to use all of their conversation hearts wins! 


Recommended Reading:

Monkey Mask Craft and Story Ideas

Monkey Snack

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed*













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Fruit Pizza and Chocolate Cookie Perfect Valentine Dessert Recipe

How to Make a Fruit Pizza with Chocolate Recipe

This easy fruit pizza is the perfect dessert recipe for a birthday celebration, Valentine's Day, picnic, or any time! It's an impressive dessert that is simple to prepare and delicious every time. You can customize it by changing what type of bottom cookie crust you use, choosing different fruits, or even using coconut and a white chocolate drizzle for a tropical pizza. This crowd pleaser is sure to be made again and again. Learn how to make a fruit pizza with chocolate cookie crust.  Enjoy!



Fruit Pizza and Chocolate Cookie perfect Valentine Dessert Recipe


Easy Fruit Pizza Recipe


18 oz refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough (you can use any type you like to customize!)
2 squares(1 oz each) white baking chocolate
2 T of milk
1 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
1/4 C of powdered sugar
1 C thawed whipped topping
12-16 Strawberries, sliced
1 can of Mandarin Orange Segments drained
2 TB - 1/4 C semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 t - 1t vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350.

Using a lightly floured roller, roll the dough into a 12 in circle on Round Stone or spread dough out on Bar pan or Cookie Sheet of your choice to a 1/4 in thickness. Bake 12-15 min. or until edges are set (cookie will be soft...don't over bake). Remove from oven and let cool for 10 min., then gently loosen cookie from pan using a spatula and let cool completely on pan.




Place white chocolate in a small bowl and microwave on high for 1 min., stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth, microwave an additional 10-20 seconds if necessary. Combine Cream Cheese and powdered sugar in the Classic Batter Bowl mix well. Then, gradually add the white chocolate mixture to the cream cheese and powdered sugar.  Mix until smooth. Then, gently fold in the whipped topping. Spread over top of cookie.

Arrange Strawberries and Mandarin Oranges over top of cream cheese mixture. Melt Chocolate chips with the vegetable oil in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds or until mixture is melted and smooth. Drizzle over the top and refrigerate for at least 30 min. Then slice and enjoy!





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Game for Family Reunion










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February Holidays Calendar for Special Days to Plan Activities

February 2017 Holidays Special Days Calendar Helps Plan Winter Activities Curriculum

Our Pin it! Preschool Scavenger Hunt on Pinterest has ideas for crafts and activities to plan your 2017 February classroom or homeschool monthly curriculum calendar. Check out the special dates here and then hop over for fun ideas. Click here for January Holidays? Scroll down for free printable February calendarEnjoy!

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.*


February Holidays Calendar for Special Days to Plan Activities
February Holidays printable calendar.



February 2 isn't just Groundhog Day - nope, it is also Hedgehog Day - actually, the Hedgehog had it first! Groundhog Day History

February 7 is Bubble Gum Day. Chew some gum for a charity.
 February 12 is Charles Darwin's and Honest Abe's Birthday.

February 14 is of course, Valentine's Day! You should have a great time with your Classroom Valentine's Parties, but don't confuse the good time you have and call it ValentiMe's Day. 


 February 15 is Gumdrop Day. Goody Goody!


February 17 Washington's Birthday. Abraham Lincoln's birthday is February 12.


February 20 is 
 President's Day and Toothfairy Day.



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The Groundhog Day Book of Facts and Fun*

Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum*


The Night Before the Tooth Fairy*




















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Pin it! Preschool Scavenger Hunt (Pinterest) Hearts Feb. 11, 2013

What a fun week of playing Pin it! Preschool Scavenger Hunt on Pinterest! This week brought many new pinners/players for tons more ideas for February Preschool Activities. Ready to start playing and pinning for a new week? This week's categories are all things remembered in the month of February but not necessarily winter crafts for kids.

This week's winning pin is the perfect preschool activity for Valentine's Day! Coffee Filter Heart Craft by Meaningful Mama. Who pinned it? Yes, Dawn! Lots of others were in the running this week. Kudos to all!

Pin it! Preschool Scavenger Hunt Coffee Filter Heart Craft Meaningful Mama
Easy Heart Craft for Valentine's Day by Meaningfulmama.com
I have a super easy shamrock craft made from hearts that got loved too :)

Easy preschool Shamrock Craft from paper hearts


Here's the list to get you startedFebruary is the month to honor these things: American History Lesson, Friendship Crafts, Bird Feeding (Easy Bird Feeder Projects), Grapefruit Recipes, and Responsible Pet Owners Ideas. 10 pin limit (1 per topic) ~ NO AD LINKS. Pins must lead to blog or PAGE of source. PLEASE don't REPIN your own pins. Pin to own board 1st. Find us on Facebook to chat about ideas.

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Fall Back-to-School Party Ideas

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Fall Party Printable: Fun Ideas to Fight Colds 


Traditionally, back to school time is August or September, but now that many schools have moved to a year around calendar, back to school time can happen in the fall, winter, and spring. After a busy back to school season, we enjoyed a nice fall break. Fall break in October often means heading back to a school full of colds and flu. That's never fun! We wanted to prep for the back to school cold season and say goodbye to summer, so we had a fall theme back-to-school party. Scroll down to find some fun ideas to decorate and host a fall party. Enjoy!





Heart Shaped Pizza without Yeast

Homemade Heart Shaped Pizza

Looking for Homemade Pizza Ideas? Want to Make Pizza without yeast? This Heart Shaped Pizza is simple and super easy to make with kids. No oven needed. You can microwave it or bake it on the stovetop! We cook ours on the grill. Enjoy!

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Homemade Heart Shaped Pizza without Yeast
Homemade Heart Shaped Pizza without Yeast.


So how do you make a pizza without yeast? It is easy, and you can make a gluten free pizza too! Grab you kitchen shears and some tortillas!

How to Make Heart Shaped Pizza without Yeast or Oven

Supplies Needed:

Flour or Corn Tortillas (for gluten free version)
Cooking Spray
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (we used Colby)
Parmesan Sprinkles
Paper Plates

This is so easy, it makes the perfect activity for a kid's birthday party! See pictures above to follow these simple steps.

  • Fold your tortilla in half, then cut out half a heart.
  • Spoon pizza sauce (you can use spaghetti sauce) on your tortilla
  • Sprinkle on Parmesan Cheese.
  • Add toppings like Pepperoni, Green Peppers, or Pineapple.
  • Sprinkle on Shredded Cheese.
  • Spray grill or skillet with Cooking Spray.
  • Heat grill or skillet on high heat.
  • Place Heart Shaped Tortilla Pizza on Grill until Cheese melts.
*You can also microwave the pizza just until cheese melts. This takes less than 1 minute, so watch it closely.



Make pizza on the stove top.
Make pizza on the stove top.


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Homemade Heart Shaped Pizza without Yeast Tortillas



Make Happy Birthday Cupcakes with this Cherry Recipe


Read Happy Birthday, Cupcake! and Make some too

Is it your birthday? These cupcakes are perfect for Valentine's Day too, but don't worry- you don't need an excuse to make birthday cupcakes. This recipe for cherry cupcakes, is perfect to pair with the book, Happy Birthday, Cupcake!, by Terry Border. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! is a charming book. The main character is a Cupcake! The delightful photos throughout the book tell the story of a sweet Cupcake planning her birthday party with her friends. Her friends are various food items- each with varying needs. She takes into account each of them as she seeks to plan the perfect event. She shows kindness in realizing the limitations of her friends- like Ice Cream's propensity for melting...


Make Happy Birthday Cupcakes with this Cherry Recipe
Make Cherry Almond Cupcakes with this yummy recipe.

In then end, her friends surprise her with a birthday party to remember. This is such a cute story with an excellent message of friendship, feelings, and love. This picture book is perfect for the younger set. It makes a nice companion book for a birthday celebration. You can incorporate fun activities while talking about important topics like how to be a good friend.


Happy Birthday, Cupcake! by Terry Border.
Happy Birthday, Cupcake! by Terry Border.


One of our favorite activities is to bake together! This book lends itself well to a kitchen project. You can make cupcakes easily with a mix or make some from scratch. The most important thing is to spend time together. We enjoyed making Cherry Cupcakes- chosen by my son!



Make Cherry Cupcake for Birthday Party Recipe.
Delicious Cherry Cupcakes!

Here's a yummy recipe for the Cherry Almond Cupcakes that we adapted from one found on Food Network Magazine.


CHERRY ALMOND CUPCAKES Recipe


1 1/3 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick butter, softened
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1/2 c. milk
1/3 c. maraschino cherries, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. 

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking power, and salt. In another bowl, cream butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until smooth (about 1 minute). Add sugar and continue to beat until creamy (about 4 minutes). Beat in eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Beat in the flour mixture in three batches alternating the milk. Beat on medium-high speed until just combined. Stir in maraschino cherries. 

Divide the batter among the muffin cups. Bake until the tops spring back, 20-25 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool in pan 5 minutes and then remove to rack to completely cool. 

How to Make CHERRY FROSTING Recipe


1 1/2 stick butter, softened
3 c. powdered sugar
pinch of salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. almond extract
3 Tb. maraschino cherry juice (from the jar)
Extra cherries to garnish if desired

Beat butter, sugar, and salt until just combined. Add extracts and beat on medium-high speed until creamy (about 3 minutes). Beat in the cherry juice until fluffy (about 1 more minute). 

Ice cupcakes when they are completely cooled and add cherries or sprinkles to decorate.

Fun Activity Ideas for the Book, Happy Birthday, Cupcake:


  • Plan a play date with a friend.
  • Cut out paper cupcakes.
  • Make a friendship tree, and write down activites that your friends would enjoy.
  • Pretend to have a birthday party















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4 Holiday Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

4 Cardboard Tube Crafts for the Holidays

Whether you use a paper towel roll, wrapping paper roll, or toilet tube, these cute cardboard tube crafts for the holidays are easy to make. We made 4 fun holiday toilet paper roll crafts with bits and bobbles from cardboard rolls. Scroll down to see our Thanksgiving Turkey, Christmas Reindeer, Snowman, and Little Puppy. Enjoy!

Cute Cardboard Tube Crafts
Cute Cardboard Tube Crafts.

1. Toilet Paper Roll Turkey


We used cardbboard paper towel rolls and toilet paper tubes to make these little creatures. They are skinnier than most, because we cut a 1" strip out of each roll and then hot glued the cardboard back together. Each holiday creature is cut at a different height, so they can be displayed in an attractive centerpiece for the holidays.

Toilet Paper Roll Crafts Thanksgiving Turkey
Toilet Paper Roll Crafts Thanksgiving Turkey.






If you want to make Cardboard Tube Crafts for Thanksgiving, purchase some felt leaves*. We found a Thanksgiving garland kit on clearance and used the pieces to make turkey feathers. An autumn pack of pipecleaners*, pom poms, and felt bits were used for his beak and head.

To attach the head, it is best to use hot glue. Place a bead of glue around the top of the cardboard tube and then press and hold the pom pom down until the glue sets.

If you want to paint your tube, do that before you begin decorating it. We like the natural look of of the cardboard roll.


2. Cardboard Tube Puppy



make a cardboard roll puppy
Cut a 2" section of cardboard roll to make a little puppy.



Mini Cardoard Tube Creatures.




3. Cardboard Papertowel Roll Snowman Craft


cardboard tube snowman
Use a vegetable skewer to make hands
for your cardboard toilet roll snowman.


Cardboard Toilet Roll Snowman Craft with Scarf
Twist two pipecleaners together to make a scarf for your snowman.
We glued two cottonballs together to make  his head.

4. Reindeer Toilet Roll Craft


toilet roll reindeer craft
Wrap pipecleaners around your finger or a pencil
to make spiral antlers for the cardboard reindeer.

More Cardboard Roll Crafts for Thanksgiving

Easy Cardboard Toilet Tube Turkeys
Mayhem designed her own Easy Cardboard Toilet Tube Turkeys.

Cut 1/4" strips approximately 3" down the toilet paper roll to make the turkey feathers. Then, bend 1 strip down folding the end up to attach the turkey's head. Cut two orange strips and glue inside the tube to form legs. Now, you have a shelf sitter turkey for Thanksgiving.

Share your ideas with us in the comments.


Recommended:


Paint with Cardboard Tubes

The Night Before Thanksgiving*

Holiday Salt Dough Ornaments

Make an Envelope Barn and Toilet Roll Silo

Felt Leaves*

Cardboard Toilet Tube Rocket for New Years

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Plan a Ladybug Picnic Party & Learn about the Ladybug Life Cycle too!

A Ladybug Picnic Party is a Fun Way to learn about the Ladybug Life Cycle

Spring and Summer are the perfect time to throw a Ladybug picnic or Ladybug theme birthday party! We love to sneak in educational elements whenever possible, so we've come up with some fun Ladybug activities and added an educational one too. Learning about the Ladybug's life cycle is fun - Scroll down to find more Ladybug learning activities from Teaching Mama. Enjoy!


Plan a Ladybug Picnic Party & Learn about Life cycle too!
Plan a Ladybug Picnic Party and Learn about the ladybug Life cycle.
Online, you will find lots of different Ladybug tic tac toe games. Some are made of construction paper, others use painted rocks, blocks of wood, or even sticks.

Ladybug and Bumblebee tic tac toe and checkers game with walnuts
Collect walnut shells and paint them like ladybugs and bumble bees
for Tic Tac Toe and Checkers games.

We enjoy taking hikes around our property. It is like our very own nature park. So, on a recent hike, we collected broken Walnut shells to paint like Ladybugs and Bumble Bees in honor of the book, Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy!

These are so cute and perfect to leave sitting out for an impromptu game of Ladybug Tic Tac Toe or Checkers. 

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy Party
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy Party.  Want your own? Let us know in the comments.
Just store your bugs in a woven basket, and leave them sitting on a table or bench as an invitation to play. We tossed in sidewalk chalk, so that kids can make a board anywhere they want! Sticks make a perfect natural Tic Tac Toe board.

Make and play Ladybug Tic Tac Toe and Checkers
Make and play Ladybug Tic Tac Toe and Checkers.
Playing games are a great way to build friendships and teach about compromise too! Read the book, LADYBUG GIRL AND THE BUMBLEBEE BOYthe theme is “friendship and compromise.” 

In the story, Lulu and her dog Bingo meet up with Sam on the playground and want to play together. Sam likes the sandbox but Lulu thinks the monkey bars are better. They just can’t agree…until Lulu asks, “Have you ever played Ladybug Girl?” Quickly, Sam becomes the brave Bumblebee Boy, and he and Lulu, a.k.a Ladybug Girl, are superheroes who save the playground from scary monsters and mean robots. New friends want to join their game too, and soon the Bug Squad is formed with Ladybug Girl, Bumblebee Boy, Dragonfly Girl, and Butterfly Girl using their imaginations to keep the playground safe.

make a Ladybug Tic Tac Toe game.
Gather walnut shells, paint, and brushes to make a Ladybug Tic Tac Toe game.

Paint walnut red to make a ladybug game.
Paint walnut red to make a ladybug.

Paint walnut yellow to make a bumblebee game.
Paint walnut yellow to make a bumblebee.


Hop over to Teaching Mama to print a ladybug life cycle printable activity the kids can make at the party!

Ladybug life cycle printable get details at TeachingMama.org
Ladybug life cycle printable available at TeachingMama.org

This is one of my all time favorite Sesame Street Videos: Ladybug Picnic.



Don't forget to leave a comment to enter to win Ladybug Girl items for your own party!


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