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Super Cheap Ideas Needed for 2nd Grade Valentine's Day School Party
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Jan 14, 2014 12:31:47   #
GinB (a regular here)
Can you put your imagination to work and help?

My daughter is in charge of her daughter's class' Valentines Day party this year. Here's the kicker - no treats are allowed. (Their school does not allow treats, not even for birthdays - no candy, no treats of any kind.)

She has been perusing the internet and has been having difficulty coming up with do-able activities, given their teeny weeny budget. This is an area where I am drawing a big fat zero. People here have such wonderful imaginations and ideas. Can you suggest something that 7-year-old's would really like to do? Again, cost is an object of concern. It could be a game, but I'd be especially interested in an activity they could make. Whatever it is would have to appeal to both girls and boys.

Jan 14, 2014 12:36:32   #
Oriental Trading Company has inexpensive craft kits and trinkets. As a school nurse, I can vouch for the obesity epidemic, MANY children with severe food allergies and questionable cleanliness of many kitchens.
Jan 14, 2014 12:37:20   #
Michaels has kits that you can make cute Valentine projects
They also have coupons every week so You can stock up.

A couple of years ago, I got my neice a kit, I did not know it made 30 small puff hearts. so she gave everyone in her class one.
Jan 14, 2014 12:37:30   #
Judyknits wrote:
Michaels has kits that you can make cute Valentine projects
They also have coupons every week so You can stock up.

A couple of years ago, I got my neice a kit, I did not know it made 30 small puff hearts. so she gave everyone in her class one.
Jan 14, 2014 12:38:47   #
If you google Valentine Day Activities 2nd grade, a list of sites comes up with age appropriate crafts, lessons etc. The other thing to keep in mind is how long is the party to be? All hour? Good Luck and have fun.
Jan 14, 2014 12:38:54   #
Dcsmith77 (a regular here)
Have the party a day or two early if you can.

We used to make Valentines out of paper lace doilies and red construction paper. They are pretty and we liked to do it when I was a little girl. The doilies are really cheap (lots of them per package), so is construction paper. If you can gather some red buttons, crayons, rick-rack braid, red lace scraps (or buy a couple of packages), red tissue paper, anything like that in either red or white, the kids can make a bunch.

Give them to a nursing home (since Valentine's is on a Friday, it will still be okay over the weekend) for tray favors, or for the kid's parents.

Google "Valentine's Day Crafts" and look at the images.
Jan 14, 2014 12:47:01   #
I'd forgotten about Oriental Trading Co, but I've ordered from there before and it's a good idea!

For games, maybe you could take some grade-school games and just make them Valentine themed (Like play "pin the heart on the cupid" or something like that)
Jan 14, 2014 12:52:44   #
Howzabout applying the principles of yarn bombing to another medium, say paper?

Could they make hearts - all shapes and sizes - in paper? Newspaper. magazine pages, wallpaper, aluminium foil, sweet wrappers, bubble wrap, paper (and plastic?) bags etc. They could perhaps make hearts in cardboard and decorate with oddments of wool, fabric, lace, buttons, ribbon and so on.

If it needs to be a joint effort, perhaps a HUGE heart with every child making his/her own to attach to the bigger one. All hearts beating as one in the same class?

With some adult guidance maybe they could add lights: it'll only be 6 weeks since Christmas, so parents should still be able to find the lights easily!

Each child could make themselves a heart badge and perhaps there could be a competition...if prizes aren't counted as treats with different criteria: the most brightly coloured; the most wacky; best of the boys/girls... so on thus giving many opportunities for prizes.

If competition is a no-no, perhaps rename it as something more appropriate removing any element of competition.

None of this may be a goer, but it might seed other ideas within our KP community. I hope your daughter and all her classmates have a grand time whatever they decide to do.
Jan 14, 2014 13:21:52   #
GinB (a regular here)
gram98 wrote:
If you google Valentine Day Activities 2nd grade, a list of sites comes up with age appropriate crafts, lessons etc. The other thing to keep in mind is how long is the party to be? All hour? Good Luck and have fun.

Now why oh why didn't I think of that??? Duh!!!

The party will be one hour.
Jan 14, 2014 16:19:14   #
Lolly12 (a regular here)
Pinterest usually has some good ideas. :-D
Jan 14, 2014 16:57:19   #
GinB (a regular here)
Thank you, everyone, for providing such great ideas. (KP'rs come through again.) My daughter will have many to choose from. (I sent her the link so she could keep an eye on new ideas as they pop up.)

With much appreciation and gratitude,

Jan 14, 2014 17:23:10   #
LEE1313 (a regular here)
Well I haven't checked for Valentines Day stuff YET, But go to Pinterest. I am sure you will find something. Kids love to create, so maybe a box of STUFF, yarn scraps, buttons, ribbon etc and let them create cards for family members.
Maybe a mobile all different hearts hanging
Jan 14, 2014 17:29:33   #
Alpaca Farmer (a regular here)
My grandkids aren't allowed treats either, and it is more because of "danger" than obesity concern. Hope your daughter finds a nice, inexpensive craft for them to do.
Jan 14, 2014 18:18:34   #
You can look here.

Just eliminate the ones using candy.
How many marbles in the jar?

Jan 15, 2014 09:45:35   #
Moira Odwyer
How about a box of tissue give each child some tissue tie a string around center then fluff out the tissue to make a flower spray red you could practice at home first good luck.
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