I've been wanting to make the melted crayon heart valentines for a couple of years now and finally got around to it! My daughter only just turned one, so she can't make her own this year anyway and I figure at least the crayons are something her friends can actually use.
I followed this tutorial from The Nerd's Wife (she has a free printable card there as well) and I ordered the pan above from Amazon. I didn't take any pictures (bad!) but I do have some tips...
-Sort the colors carefully. I just put all the dark crayon pieces together but it resulted in a lot of black looking hearts. I think if I had put the blues/greens together, etc. then they might have looked better. Or just use the brighter colors if you have enough crayons.
-Put your heart pan on a cookie sheet before putting it into the oven. My first batch was thinner because lots of the wax spilled out when I tried removing the pan from the oven. Since the pan is silicone, it's super flexible.
-Put them in the freezer and they will set in a couple of minutes after baking. Another reason to have your heart pan on a cookie sheet.
-Somewhere I saw to stick the hearts on the card with a dab of hot glue but that didn't work for me because it just melted the crayon. I used masking tape instead.
I made some valentine cards that you can use if you'd like! The pages are editable so you can insert your name before printing if desired. One page uses a child looking font and one page uses a script font. Just open the PDF in Adobe Pro or Reader and you will be able to type in the box. You can download them here.
I also posted some bookmarks that I have printed and give to my students as gifts before. They are free, not candy, and encourage reading! Just print, cut, punch a hole, and add some ribbon to spice them up a bit.
You can download them here or by clicking the image above.
I have two favorite Valentine's Day themed books that I read aloud every year, one fiction and one nonfiction.
The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting is the cutest ever. Mrs. Bear wakes up early from hibernating in order to surprise Mr. Bear for Valentine's Day, since they usually miss the holiday. She plans all sorts of surprises for him, but at the end he has one for her too!
I made a smallish unit for the book last year and here is a Venn Diagram from it that my blog readers can download for free. Just click here or the image above. You can find the entire unit in my store here. A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting is similarly adorable if you haven't read it.
I also love all Gail Gibbons books because it seems like she has a nonfiction text about everything. They are simple enough for primary aged students but also offer good content. This one is gives some history of Valentine's Day that even I wasn't aware of, as well as the typical information about how we celebrate it. (It doesn't seem available on Amazon right now for some reason, but you could probably find it in a library.)
I have a pack of ten literacy centers and one of them is matching supporting details to the main idea It would be perfect to use after reading this book and discussing the traditions and history of Valentine's Day. You can download it by clicking here or the image above for free as a blog reader and you can find the pack with nine additional centers here.
If you are looking for some additional valentine themed activities, check out my TpT products here or visit my Valentine's Day Pinterest board below.
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