Our fifth grade Valentine Party went off without a hitch! I love it when it all works out!
Our party started with passing out our exchange goodies. I like to have half the class passing out a time. It took about 10 minutes for everyone to get that done and I just had them put everything in their bags (they all had time at the end to shuffle through them a bit, but there were lots of sneaky treats out during the party!) so that we could start our first activity:
Everything has to be store-bought, so the momma that asked (literally at the Harvest party) to do this for Valentine’s supplied the cookies. She purchased a “kit” from Wal-Mart that contained plain sugar cookies and a few decorating supplies (they were gluten free…which we needed for one). But for the bulk of them she ordered sugar cookies from a local bakery. Three other mommies brought additional cake icing and sprinkles, and I supplied a few boxes of writing icing. (The ones pictured were from our DIY cookie cutters and there is a link to the recipe in that post)
She did it last year in a sixth grade class and this was the whole hour! She also said that they had three tubs of icing and the mommies took the specific decoration supplies to students who wanted them and there was a bit of waiting time to get what they wanted.
We divided up our six tubs of icing (2 each red, pink, purple or white) into bowls (we had five groups of five desks) and put at the desks along with the writing icing, and left the sprinkles up front. They iced in their own spaces then brought their cookies up front to sprinkle.
Our group really didn’t spend much time on it. I had activity two out for them to grab when they were finished eating at their own pace. Even then, we moved on to our game earlier than planned. 20 minutes was ample time for most of them to decorate and eat.
I created a word search that was displayed on a table in the room along with some flower pens. Most of them finished their word search, but a few took longer on their cookies and that was fine. The whole point was to have a filler activity. They got to keep their pen as a gift.
I printed ours two to a sheet in black and white for the party.
Here’s a tutorial on the flower pens.
I also wanted to print some word scrambles and jokes to decode from squishycutedesigns.com, but my printer said no. We ended up right on time without anything else, anyway (we only get one hour so we moved on to our game after 35 minutes….). That site is loaded with printables! Check it out!
I dressed up an old shortening container to hold the pens (I call it decoupaged trash).
We drew for the container when it was empty, and the girl who won was very happy to have it!
“Operation” Style heart game:
I was so excited about our game this year! DIY Operation!! With candy hearts!! I’m a bit disappointed because my real intention was to make the game during the party, but even with all the wiring and boxes ready, assembling with 24 kids was going to take too long.
The next idea was to send home the supplies minus the 9 volt battery in a “kit” for them to assemble with the help of an adult at home.
Then I decided that some of them might not have the internet and I can’t draw….so I made nine to use at the party (I already had supplies ready for 26 (except for cutting the box) and really wanted to use at least some of them!). I bought some more conversation hearts to make the games for the party, and just sent the originals with my son for the exchange.
The teacher was just as excited as I was, and suggested we wait until the following week to make them during their “stem” time, but I had already assembled the nine and sent the boxes of hearts with my son… and really had nothing else to do for the last half of the party if we didn’t do it. She seemed interested in making them with cereal boxes instead so in a few weeks I might get to do it with them after all! I’m glad because they loved it!! It surprised me how many asked me to explain the circuitry….and how excited they were when instead I asked them how they thought it worked and they figured it out!
We let them pick their own groups of 4-5 to play. Whoever won the game, won “the game” as the prize.
I bought my supplies at the Dollar Tree. There really wasn’t a whole lot needed!
You can find a wonderful tutorial here from mathiemom at instructables.com!
Of course, it just wouldn’t be a party with out some mad-libs for backup! Our class likes songs…and lots of names…so I tailored two especially for them. You’re welcome to print them and use them as well if you like!
You can view and print the Lovey Song Mad-libs here!
We didn’t really have time, but we hurried through “You Are My Sunshine”. They laughed so much!
Let me know if you need anything or have any ideas to add!
‘Til next time!