Friday, January 4, 2013

O Valentine, Valentine, wherefore art thou Valentine?

Imagine it is February 14th. Do you see lots of red, pink, and purple? Perhaps some little candy hearts with messages of adoration? To me, Valentine's day would not be the same without those little cards my peers passed around as children.

Introducing my first craft of 2013.....
Pirates of the Caribbean Arr Crazy for Valentine's and Kung Fu Panda Follows His Heart.
I also have Spider-man  cards that will target wh- questions but those aren't finished yet.
32 cards with 2 slots each? This is a great opportunity to come up with lots of  tasks.
These are my favorites of the three. I know, I know, pirates get a little bit tiresome  for /r/.
I've said it myself. However, I didn't want to buy the Power Rangers set and feel old every time I used them.
My students do a great job of reminding me already when they tell me I'm the same age as their moms. 
The blue is a bit harder to see on here. I was afraid to use sharpies on this project
since they have the tendency to bleed through paper from time to time. 

What you will need:
Pack of 32 Valentines in the variety of your choice (Mine came from Dollar Tree)
A pen
Access to a laminating machine (I have to depend on the school's)
List of targets

It took me about an hour to make each set, which was mostly due to my stubbornness against making a target list. I just went with what came to mind instead. That being said, I can't wait to buy more of these cards for 2014 once they go on clearance sale.

The great thing about using Valentine's cards is that there are tons of colorful varieties that can be used for a multitude of goals. Valentine's Day has come a long way from pink and red hearts. It may not be a boy's favorite holiday, but they don't have to feel oppressed by the "cutesy" overload that I remember from childhood.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Oh, I like this! I don't really have any artic students as I work with the MS population, however I can probably use this to target other language goals. BTW, I commented on your prize box idea a while ago & just an update: my kids love it!! They love getting points and going there haha. I need to figure out my points system so that I can make sure they only go in about once a month.

    1. Thank you! It's definitely a great way to work on language goals. The possibilities are endless and there are plenty of cards that are MS appropriate. I'm glad your students are enjoying the prize box. The other SLPs in my district have their students earn 5 points to get to their prize boxes. You could bump the number of points up or down based on the frequency you see your students. It was easier for me to give them the opportunity to earn 2 per 30 minute session with a goal of 20 per trip to follow the reporting period.