Before Avery was in school, I would plan and host a little Valentine party for her and her friends. Then in Kindergarten I got to be in charge of the school party so I continued the tradition again this year in first grade. I absolutely LOVE doing this sort of thing so I had all kinds of fun planning it and then even more fun executing the plan with her class.
The kids were in 4 groups of 6 or less and we rotated every 8-10 minutes. Each group went from station to station completing a craft, playing a game, and participating in two activities. At the end, we all came back together to read Valentines and eat a snack.
The craft was decorating foam bookmarks from the $ spot at Target.
The game was large heart tic tac toe.
The snack was a little Valentine smore mix of pink heart marshmallows, regular white ones, teddy grahams, and chocolate chips. I packaged it in cute little heart bags also from the $ spot.
Avery jumped on me when she walked into her classroom. It was awesome. I was so happy to be there and she made it clear that she was happy about it too!
One of the activities was picking up large conversation hearts with chopsticks and trying to fill little heart snack cups. The kids were hilarious with this.
The other activity was stacking large conversation hearts. We read the words off the hearts, counted how many were in our towers, worked as a team to make an extra tall one, etc. So much fun!!!
The tic tac toe was a pretty big hit as well. I try to keep everything fun and simple with as little clean-up as possible for the volunteers and teacher!
I loved every minute of being with this girl in her class. I didn't want it to end!
Notice the new trend of putting dots on your face with marker. It's not my favorite.
Avery wrote this for her teacher on the way to school and I just had to take a picture of it. Such a sweet little note and I love that Mrs. is spelled Msr. Ha.
On our way home, Avery informed me I should do a different party for her class next year. She assured me she loved the Valentine party but was just ready for me to experience a different holiday at school. I guess I just have to wait until Tyson goes to Kindergarten.