Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Promoting Literacy with Valentine’s Day Fun: Part 1

In addition to reading a variety of Valentine’s Day booksconsider trying some other activities that promote literacy. This week I’ll give suggestions for making cards and other crafty type things. Next week, I’ll tell you about more books and offer several ideas for other Valentine’s Day activities.

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.
Cutting Out Hearts This video shows how to cut out hearts, plus shows some ideas of what to do with them.
Winged Hearts Card The directions seemed a little tricky but the result is pretty neat.
Scratch and Win Card I wish I'd thought of this! My students would have LOVED it!
Caped Cute-sader Card A clever and tasty idea.
Potato Print Heart Cards Fun idea from an outstanding site.
Ever wonder how I Love You is said in other languages? Just don’t ask me how to pronounce them! A way to say it and still leave them guessing...
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

Woven Heart Basket  There are 2 versions given - difficult and easy.
Heart People Consider adding speech bubbles!
Danielle’s Place This has a whole bunch of crafts, plus a few cards.
Pocket Heart Valentine Looks quite easy to do.
Martha Stewart Heart-Shaped Crafts Click arrows to see all 33 crafts – looks like lots of fun!

Thanks to the following sites:

Do you have Valentine’s Day crafts that your family enjoys? Tell about them in the Comments Box!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: March 7th is World Read Aloud Day. It is sponsored by LitWorld, an organization that strives to unite literacy efforts across the world. I will post more information as the day gets closer.

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