Monday, February 6, 2012

Valentine’s Day Dollar Delights!


Who else is just eating up this season of loooooooove?  I am! 

No, literally, I am eating it up.  Me and candy hearts?  Thisclose.

First of all, I wanted to share a few center activities I’m adding this week.

First up, Be Mine Boxes:


{Click link or picture above to download for free!}

The heart boxes are everywhere right now, but I picked mine up at The Dollar Tree.  Since we’re getting ready to work on numbers to 40 in Math in Focus, I’m filling the boxes full of different amounts of colored beads.  The students then match the number on the heart box to the number on the recording sheet, dump and count the beads, and write the number in the center heart.  Within the four squares of the box, the student represents the number in four different ways (i.e. addition/subtraction problems, tallies, written number, base 10, etc.).  Cara also has a cute idea for these boxes!  {If you have a post with ideas for these boxes, let me know and I’ll add you in!}

Literacy-wise, I’m reinforcing beginning blends with the center below because the pumpkins are having a little bit of trouble with these letter duos…


{Also a free download!  Just click the link or pic above!}

And, now for some more dollar delights…

038   039

Um, yes, those are lip clips.  And they’re magnetic.  What a great visual for students to remember to get their mouths ready when reading!  Love.  {They’re from The Dollar Tree.}

  041    040

I saw these foldable heart Valentines at Target and just had to have them to put my Sweetheart Snatcher clues in!  They come 8-to-a-pack, so they would also be great stand-alone Valentines, perfect for a writing activity. 


A pink Mystery Box!!!  Y’all, I have been looking for mystery boxes for you ALL YEAR!  I cannot, for the life of me, find the same cardboard one that I got around this time last year from Target, but this would be an okay substitute.  It’s a Valentine’s Day Mailbox from The Dollar Tree, but does have slits in the top for cards to go in.  I’m sure you could creatively cover them up, though.


And those are some monster-sized doilies up there, also from The Dollar Tree.  Can’t wait to have fun with them!

Well, I hope your Monday wasn’t too Monday-ish.  Mine started off with me letting my coffee pot run all over the sink, and then I had to yell at someone (from inside my car) who ran a stop sign and almost hit me.  But, it’s going to end *great* because I’m all kinds of excited about watching Smash tonight!  Then, I’m going to get all cozied up with more candy hearts and Katniss.  Because I am just now  jumping on that whole bandwagon and omiword: OBSESSED. 

Have a great week!!!! 


Laura said...

Just bought your mystery box unit the other day and found that pink box at the Dollar Tree! It is the little things that get us excited! LOL


Amy said...

Love these activities! I saw the lips clips but didn't know what I would do with them!! Great idea!

Liz said...

Those are great ideas!

I love The Hunger Games! I seriously read that book so fast! I'm hoping the movie doesn't disappoint next month.

Jen R. @ The Teachers' Cauldron said...

omgosh..that sealed with a kiss is too cute - thanks!

Courtney Bartlett said...

It's easy to become obsessed with The Hunger Games. Love it! Thanks for sharing your dollar goodies. I love the heart envelopes and the lip clips. Thanks!

Swimming into Second

Ms. Rachel said...

umm. can't believe you're just now getting on the Hunger Games bandwagon! Amazing, right?

Road trip to MI to see the movie the day it comes out?!?!?! at midnight?!?!

wearing this shirt...

yep, im obsessed. and now the whole world knows it!! (or everyone who reads your blog).

Ms. Rachel’s Room

Gladys said...

I ADORE Katniss! Totally waiting for the movie...hope it's as good as the book! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you SO much! I just bought those boxes this past weekend!

Amber Unger said...

No joke... I was at the Dollar Tree this evening and I saw those Valetine Day boxes. I wanted to buy them, but I thought that I shouldn't unless I had an idea already in mind. Thanks for giving me a good reason to go back and get them! :)

Heather's Heart said...

I LOVE all of this...of course! You are amazing!

We did some fun activities with blends. We made smoothies with blend foods and then the kiddos made their own blenders that are just presh! I would love for you to come visit and check it out!

Heather's Heart

Caroline Brantley said...

Love the sealed with a kiss center! Thank you for sharing. All of your ideas are super cute.

Katie King said...

Getting ready to start the 3rd Hunger Games tonight! If only I had known at the Meetup--we would have had MUCH more to talk about! I already printed the blend activity! Thanks so much!


Queen of the First Grade Jungle

Miss T said...

Loving everything! Thanks for sharing!

Journey of a Substitute Teacher

Erica said...

Fabulous ideas, sweet Abby! Thanks for posting them. :)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the freebies. They are so appreciated! We also just started ch. 12, so this is perfect!

Tania Knapp said...

If you have a Michael's or AC Moore... they are in the baking section...close to the baby shower stuff :)

Oceans of First Grade Fun said...

Thanks for sharing these fun activities! BTW LOVE Hunger Games! I've read all three books, I couldn't put them down until I finished all three.

Veronica said...

I used my boxes for contractions. I numbered the boxes and put cut up contractions in them. On a master sheet, numbered to match the hearts, I listed the original 2 words to be made into a contraction. They record the contraction they made on a sheet with hearts. To use your cute sheet without the boxes, I'd use the hearts from a deck of cards (at least for low numbers). Pick a card or add 2 cards to get a number for the center and then carry out the rest of your idea.

Traci said...

I love those Be Mine Boxes.

And your Sealed with a Kiss activity is adorable.

Thanks for sharing!
Dragonflies in First

Sandra said...

We are focusing on blends this week so your Sealed With A Kiss center is perfect! Thanks!

❤ Sandra
Sweet Times in First

Miss Griffin said...

I'm actually kind of jealous... I wish I could re-read those books for the first time!



Crystal said...

I have the mystery box activity on my wish list-now I can get it!! I grabbed all of your freebies! Thanks a bunch! You are amazing! Just started following your blog! I pinned these activities on Pinterest.

Clutter-Free Classroom said...

I just want to bottle up your creativity. You rock!

Love the sealed with a kiss, but I'm not going to lie...those lip clips are a bit freaky. :P

I'm on the hunt for large heart doilies. Looks like I'll be trekking to to the Dollar Tree.

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Jodi said...

So cute!! I am definitely hitting up Dollar Tree this evening!!

Fun In First

Mrs. McHaffie said...

I love how your brain works!!! It most certainly benefits me! :)

and Hunger Games...Katniss...Peeta! OBSESSED! Seriously read the whole first book in two days and just downloaded book 2 onto my kindle.

In my head rings "I just can't get enough" :)

Happy Tuesday,
Beg, Borrow, Steal

laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

Love the Lip Clips..that is too funny!
First Grade Blue Skies

Deb said...

I'm LOVING the math boxes page! That is going to be on my math agenda TODAY! :)

Thank you!
Oh My Little Classity Class

Natalie said...

Love the freebies! Thanks! Oh, and definitely obsessed with The Hunger Games over here, too! Cannot wait for the movie!!!

Teachery Tidbits

Amy said...

I just LOVE all your ideas!! Thank you for the freebies!

Krazy About Kiddos

Ashley said...

I, too, saw the lip clips but didn't know how to use them. Too cute! Thanks for the freebies. I love them!!!

Jaimie said...

LOVE the ideas and the freebies!! Running to get those lips and the mystery box asap! Thanks Abby!!

Reagan Tunstall said...

oh goodness momma needs me some lip clips. Already have the voice I'm going to use with them in front of my class.

Reagan Tunstall said...

p.s. Don't tell anyone I have no idea what hunger games is all about...I tried to read the back of the first book and couldn't stay focused.

Kelly said...

I think I will stopping by the dollar tree after school tomorrow! Your ideas are great. I just started a blog and would love for you to stop by and visit. :)


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the freebies!

Hadar said...

Omg, I am in LOVE with this post!! Your free activities are amazing, and I'm already planning on using them this week! Love!! I am obsessed with those lip clips! I was just at the dollar tree, didn't see them!!! BUT I did see the valentine box and TOTALLY bought it with your mystery activity in mind! Woohoo!!

Hadar :)

Rebecca and Katie said...

We use the heart boxes for a word scramble, (kind of like Cara), but we put valentine-y words in our boxes. We shared a freebie of the game if you want:

Our kiddos love it!
Katie and Rebecca

Rebecca and Katie said...

We use the heart boxes for a word scramble, (kind of like Cara), but we put valentine-y words in our boxes. We shared a freebie of the game if you want:

Our kiddos love it!
Katie and Rebecca

Lisa Lizak and Beth Wright said...

I love The Hunger Games! I'm even having a Hunger Games themed b-day party this year just because I am also obsessed and because I can...hehe :) Your activities are adorable as usual :) I got the pink mystery box from Target too! My kiddos just laughed and said of course it had to be pink for Mrs. Lizak! Have a great rest of your day my friend!

Lisa :)
Made In The Shade In Second Grade

Kimberly said...

Thank you so much for your ideas. So inspirational!

First in Maine

Mrs. Wheeler said...

OMG-obsessed with the name collection boxes: Valentine edition!! We'll be busting that out on Tuesday!

I made two activities with the little heart boxes. I would love if you add them to your post!


Living a Wonderful Life said...

Thank you for the awesome freebies! I just started the Hunger Games too!

Living A Wonderful Life

Kids, Canines, and Chaos said...

Thanks for the heart box head's up (I ran out immediately and bought up all I could find!) and the freebie! My Dollar Store had camo eggs that I just KNEW had to be dino eggs-- so I made a recording sheet like Cara's for the dino eggs, too! The same one had car "eggs" too. I snatched up a whole bunch of those. Imagine the possibilities. For my money unit, I'm thinking it needs to contain coins to find the amount. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the inspiration.

iris said...

cool ideas I created a bilingual blog where I will share my ideas and songs in english and spanish
el kinder de maestra nieves

A Teacher's Treasure said...

Abby those math & reading Vday activities are fantastic!
Thanks for sharing!

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Miss Kristan King said...

So thanks isn't enough! This post is jam-packed with things I am making. Thanks so much for all your blogging - you inspire me!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Jen said...

Thank you for being awesome, and sharing all your lovely ideas!!!!

Miss School Potato said...

Hi, Abby!
I just wanted to let you know I found your same exact brown cardboard mystery box at Hobby Lobby for $0.99!! I found it in the gift section and was so excited!! If you don't have a Hobby Lobby near you, you can purchase decorated gable boxes from their website. I hope this helps seem they seem to be challenging to track down!

:) Alex

Cheryl Ener said...

What great ideas!
Crayons and Curls