Valentine Tic-Tac-Toe

by Chelsea Guerrero | Lakeshore Marketing

This Valentine’s Day, I’m helping kids to give tic-tac-toe a makeover! I know they’ll love decorating these reusable boards and thinking up kind phrases to write on the heart-shaped game pieces.

Note: This craft can also be adapted for use in the classroom—just print out multiple templates and add more supplies!

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You will need:

Preparation:

  1. Cut the foam sheets into six-inch squares. You’ll need one for each crafter.
  2. Photocopy the Heart Shapes template onto white construction paper. Or you can provide foam sheets for kids to trace the shapes onto. (Each game board requires two sets of five hearts.)

Directions:

  1. Provide each kid with a foam square.
  2. Have kids share Glitter Glue Painters to make wavy lines on the foam to create their tic-tac-toe boards. Tell them each space on the game board should be about the same size.
  3. Give each kid a copy of the Heart Shapes template. Have them color in five of the hearts so they can easily see the difference between Player 1 and Player 2.
  4. Ask kids to cut out all 10 hearts to use as game pieces. Or instruct them to trace the hearts onto foam sheets and cut them out.
  5. Now have kids write kind words or phrases such as “Love,” “Be thankful” and “Make friends” on each game piece.
  6. After the game boards have dried, invite kids to play Valentine Tic–Tac–Toe with a partner!

Extension:
Remind kids that tic-tac-toe is more than just a game of chance. Invite them to share their strategies for thinking ahead and winning the game! Will any moves ensure a win? Are there ways to predict what their opponent will do? What moves might block their opponent from winning?

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Valentine's Day Card

by Michelle Mahony | Lakeshore Editorial Director 

Valentine's Day CardHaving moved to California from “across the pond,” my family doesn’t get to visit with relatives nearly half as often as we’d like. To help my children stay connected with faraway loved ones, we communicate often via phone and computer—but sometimes it’s nice to send more tangible greetings to stay in closer touch. This craft provides a terrific way to send a warm hug to distant relatives—while also helping young children practice their printing skills!

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Note: This craft can also be adapted for use in the classroom—just print out multiple templates and add more supplies!

You will need:

Directions:

  1. Print out the handprint template and cut out the hands.
  2. Glue one hand to each end of a sentence strip.
  3. Cut hearts out of construction paper in various colors. You’ll need one large heart and several small ones for decorations.
  4. Glue the large heart onto the middle of the sentence strip.
  5. Inside the heart, write the verse below. (Or have your child create an original rhyme.)
    I know you miss me when I’m away,
    So I made this hug for you today!
    This special hug, from me to you,
    Will give you hugs all day through!
  6. Have your child write “From” or “Love,” on the left side of the sentence strip and print his or her name on the right side. Remind your child to use the ruled lines on the sentence strip to form the letters correctly. If your child needs a printed reference for forming each letter, you can create your own custom template here.
  7. Decorate the card using the small cutout hearts and the other craft materials.
  8. Fold the sides of the sentence strip into the middle so that the hands appear to be holding the heart.
  9. Your Valentine’s Day Card is now ready for delivery!

Valentine's Day Card

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Valentine’s Day Card