You’ve probably heard of Secret Santas, and maybe even Secret Pals. Now you can help your grandchildren/children create Secret Valentines…and they’ll have so much fun, they won’t even know they’re learning and being green at the same time.
This fun Valentine’s Day project encourages a variety of basic and cognitive skills, including letter identification, letter matching, small muscle eye-hand-coordination, following directions, and a host of others as well.
The idea is to create the look of ransom notes by using individual letters cut from magazines, which typically use a nice variety of type styles in the titles of their articles and advertisements.
Creating ransom notes is fun, occupies their time, and creates results they’ll love.
HOW TO MAKE A VALENTINE’S DAY RANSOM NOTE:
What you need:
1. pencil and note paper
2. construction or colored paper 8.5 x 11
3. glue stick
4. child-safe scissors
6. misc. decorating supplies (optional) may include crayons, markers, glitter, colored paper
1. Decide what the message is going to be for the outside and inside of the card and help your grandchild/child write the message on note paper. Depending on their level of mastery, allow them to help sound out the words. The messages may be of the “guess who” variety or they can include their signatures or names.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
· outside: Guess who loves you? inside: Me! …or…CHILD’S NAME.
· outside: Happy Valentine’s Day inside: Guess who!
· outside: Happy Hearts Day inside: XOXO CHILD’S NAME.
2. Fold the 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper in two, like a regular greeting card – for variety, you can let the child decide if they want the card to open like a book or as a top-fold.
3. Have the children search through magazines for the letters they need – they can be all caps or a mix of upper and lower case, all sizes (the bigger the better) and colors. Cutting out entire titles can save time and be helpful in finding multiple letters of the message, to cut apart later. You may also find interesting words to use. Using the magazines helps save the planet, too, by saving landfill space.
4. Checking off the letters on their note paper as they find them, have the children cut out the letters in square-like shapes if possible.
5. Once all the letters are found, have the children arrange and glue the cut-out letters onto the cards, creating the message that matches their notepaper.
6. Once the message is complete, the ransom note valentines may decorated however they choose.
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