CHOCOLATE PLAY DOUGH (Not edible!)
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 cups water
2 TB. Cream of tartar
2 TB. Vegetable oil
In a saucepan mix flour, salt, water, tartar, and oil
until smooth. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly
until the mixture thickens and sticks to the spoon.
Cool. Knead in cocoa to desired color and aroma.
|Children can set up a "chocolate
factory" as they roll play dough into different shapes
and candy. They'll also enjoy using an empty valentine
candy box and filling up the papers with pretend chocolates!
Make a heart shape and write each child's name in the
middle with school glue. (You could also write "I
love child's name.") Sprinkle dry strawberry jell-o
on top. (Shake off excess.) When it dries children
can "scratch and sniff" their sweet message.
You could also write a message on a white sheet of
paper with a white crayon. (Some of the messages from
conversation hearts are fun to write.) Have children
paint over the message with diluted red paint and
a big brush to see their special message.
(Tune: "Baby Bumblebee")
I'm bringing home
A valentine for you
One that says,
"I love you."
I'm bringing home
A valentine for you.
With a great, big, hug.
And a kiss, kiss, too!
Take old valentine cards and cut them in half using
a puzzle design. (You will need enough so each child
can have half a card.) Place the puzzle pieces in
a sack. When children need a partner for a game, to
do an art project, read a story, etc. pass out the
valentine puzzles. Children walk around the room trying
to find the other half of their valentine. That person
is their special partner for the activity
CIRCLE + SQUARE = HEART
Cut a 4" circle out of red paper. Cut a 4" square out
of red paper. Now, cut the circle in half. Challenge
children to put the 2 circle halves and the square
together to make a heart. (Hint: Place the square
on the table so it looks like a diamond. Put the straight
side of each circle on the upper left and right side
of the square.)