Sunday, January 22, 2012

Valentine's Box Family Project Freebie

We are all gearing up for Valentine's Day (or a Friendship Celebration) and I have to say this is my FAVORITE Family Project all year! 

Here's some pictures to keep you reading! 






This is my favorite family project because look at the amazing Valentine's Day boxes my families have come up with.  (And let me say, these samples were taken from an extremely low SES neighborhood so I would be excited to see other samples!)  

Included in this FREE project is the letter and a few sample pictures to show your students.  Dates are left open so you can fill in the date you want to celebrate and two letters are provided, one for Valentines Day and one for just celebrating friendships




I would suggest making a simple sample for your students to see.  I don't have a picture of my sample (duh huh) but it is just a shoe box painted green like an alligator.  Then I cut out a heart with construction paper, cut that hear in half vertically with a line that looks like teeth.  Then I glued it to the top and bottom opening of a shoe box so it looks like the heart is the head of an alligator with his mouth opening and closing to put Valentines in.   Very simple.  I will try to add a picture tomorrow. 

I also have to say... I did work at a school for 4 years that Valentine's Parties or Exchanges were not allowedHere is how you get around that:

1.  The boxes are made at home, so it takes no classtime and is a family project which is always loved!

2.  Put the boxes in your writing lab if you have one.  Or make your writing activity for that day to write Valentines (or friendship notes) to each other and deliver them. 

3.  If you desire to do Valentines (which I did) have them labeled only FROM each student, put that in your Valentines letters... in other words, NO CLASS LIST is shared with your class.  This will help hand them out quickly!  Then you can have a parent distribute the cards into each box quickly some time during the day.  One year I had no parent so I just did it during my lunch - a small sacrafice to ensure my students go to experience a tradition that I am not willing to let go!  Then the students take them home and open them.  I have done it this way for years and the kids are still excited beyond belief (even though it's sad I have had to do it that way!) 


So stop by and grab it!  Share it if you love it.  And remember to leave comments and rate if you adore!

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5 comments:

  1. YAY! I was going to try this project for the first time this year! I was going to make a note tonight, and what do you know! I log on and see this post from you! AWESOME! It was meant to be :D

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  2. What a fantastic idea! I can't wait to try this as soon as I get a new class. Thanks.

    Sue - SOS-Supply

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  3. I did this and I blogged about it!! Come check it out!
    http://sweettimesinfirst.blogspot.com/2012/02/valentine-bloggy-exchange-gift-and-bang.html
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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  4. Thank you so much for publishing this letter. With our busy lives in kindergarten, drafting parent letters is one more thing we have to think about. Didn't have to worry about it with your letter. I did translate it into Spanish, if you'd like a copy of that :). Angelina, Kinder Spanish Dual Language Teacher, Los Angeles, CA

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    1. I would love to include a Spanish version. Please email me at jenp761@yahoo.com!

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