I've said it before, I can't stand Valentine's Day. This year, I found myself Room Parent for my least favorite holiday (oh, who am I kidding, I don't like any holidays). Since I was in charge and there is literally almost zero parent participation in Monster's class, I got to plan what I wanted for this call party. I decided to take this "holiday" and turn it into doing something nice for others in the community. There is an Alzheimer's care facility located in town, so I gave them a call and asked them if they would be interested in receiving decorations made by the students. They were very happy to have us think of them. At the party, I explained how Valentine's Day was not just about showing loved ones you care, but showing everyone you care. I also explained how it's nice to give back to the community. Totally went over most of their heads (I blame selfish parents who don't teach their children to be giving for that), but they all participated and seemed to have a good time. Here is what the class made (this one is Sunshine's because she couldn't be left out of the fun).
We also made some cute Valentine's for Sunshine's class. I've been wanting to do this since Monster was in Kindergarten, but could never find bouncy balls around Valentine's Day. So, this summer when I saw bouncy balls, I bought them! Funny part is that I searched for the balls for a week before Valentine's Day. Just when I thought I was going to have to buy her Valentine's, I decided to check her closet one more time. Found them!
I found this cute idea on Pinterest for the teacher Valentine's. Here's the secret....if soap had not been on sale at Target for $0.81, I probably would not have done these since there are 3 teachers in Sunshine's class. With all the germs that have been going around the kids' school, I thought this was a smart idea.
A Valentine party would not be complete without nails done. Nothing says Valentine's Day more than...pandas? Hey, it's Sunshine picked out. She decided to forgo the hearts and pink for once and go with cute little pandas. I think it actually had more to do with the fact the we had been reading some great nonfiction about pandas.
I'm finally, after 6 months, getting around to uploading pictures. During this process, I found a couple of pictures of projects/activities that we did way back in February. So, here they are, in no particular order.
I hate Valentine's Day. I think it's ridiculous. I completely believe it's just a way to make men suffer and single women cry. I'm not saying people shouldn't celebrate, I'm just saying I don't want to. And, I don't want it forced upon my children. Yet, for the past 2 years, I've been forced to make Valentine's for Monster to take to school. Just one more excuse to load kids up on sugar. Too bad my kids aren't allowed to eat candy. Parents go way overboard on the candy thing for Valentine's. For that reason, I refuse to do Valentine's with candy. Since I am forced to do Valentine's for Monster's class, I'm always going to do something that does not involve sugar. That's why when I saw this on Pinterest, I knew I had found my project!
Ever since I pinned this, I have been on a mission to find a heart shaped silicone muffin pan. It's impossible when it's not near Valentine's day. Instead, I decided to get one that could be used for any occasion. It looks like little suns. Now, I'm thankful I had the foresight to buy a muffin pan specifically for crayon making. The crayons will ruin the pan. Do NOT use a muffin tin you are going to be cooking in.
This week, Monster and I made his Valentine's for school. We chopped up crayons, and I didn't put them in a big bowl. That's just a wasted step. Put them directly in the muffin pan. When I baked them, I checked on them after 15 minutes, but they weren't all melted yet. I left them for about 10 extra minutes. Then, I let them cool in the oven. With the silicone pan, they are so simple to pop right out. Monster wanted Toy Story Valentine's so we bought those and then put the Valentine's and the sun crayons in treat bags. Cute, easy and not candy.