books:

__Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch__ by Eileen
Spinelli

__Be My Valentine__ by M.J. Carr

__Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown__ by Charles M.
Schulz

__Clifford's First Valentine's Day__

__Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink__

Activities:

1. Give each child a small cardboard heart and ask them to estimate how many candy conversation hearts will fit on the surface (area) of it. They can record this on a piece of paper. Then, have them glue one on every inch of the heart. When it's dry, have each child count the number of candy hearts and write how many were able to fit on the heart. Was their estimate too big, to small or exactly right?

2. ESTIMATING/AREA: I give each child a heart cut out of cardboard along with some conversationhearts. I ask the children to estimate how many candies will fit on thesurface area of the heart if every space is covered. They record this on a recording sheet. Then they glue as many candy hearts onto the cardboard as they can. The next day (when the glue has dried) I have the children count how many hearts actually fit on the cardboard heart and record that on the recording sheet also. Then they circle the appropriate words to fill in this sentence: My estimate was too big too small exactly right.

3. I have each child decorate a white paper lunch bag to put their Valentines in.

4. We make Valentines for our parents.

5. Hide chocolate candy hearts around the room. Have each child find 2. (You can also do this with paper hearts.).

6. I buy a bag of individual bags of the conversation hearts (Walgreen's usually has them) and give each child a bag along with a graph I've made. They graph the hearts according to color (first by putting the actual candieson the graph, then by taking one candy off at a time and putting an X on the graph), then they count the total number and record that.

Each year I go to Friendly's and buy Valentine's for my kids. They benefit a charity and each is redeemable for a free ice cream cone.

updated 2/13/98