Sure, you can buy those conversation hearts, but if you’ve got a first grade emerging reader, why not grab every possible chance to practice reading and writing your own messages? Here’s a goofy Valentine idea that a kid can do in a flash (whether she’s six or thirty six!)
Red, white, or pink party blower (the kind you blow at birthdays or New Year’s, with a nice stretch of rolled up paper).
Black sharpie marker
Two plain, blank address stickers, roughly 1-1/2”x3”
Small sparkly valentine heart stickers
What You Do:
Stick one short edge of an envelope sticker to the top and one to the bottom of the plastic part of your party blower, and then stick the two “tails” together to make a message tag. Use the black sharpie to write “To”: (your child can fill in the name) and “From” (your child’s name). Decorate the hard plastic part of the blower, and any extra blank tag space, with the sparkly heart stickers.
Now stretch out the paper blower on a hard writing surface, and invite your first grader to show off her skills. What special message would she like to send? Talk with her about loving messages we send on this holiday, and help her write one she likes, using the sharpie pen.
Roll up the blower, and send it off—you’ve given your first grader one more lesson in the value of the written word, and you’ll make someone’s day while you’re at it.
Julie Williams, M.A. Education, taught middle and high school History and English for seventeen years. Since then, she has volunteered in elementary classrooms while raising her two sons and earning a master's in school administration. She has also been a leader in her local PTA.