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.