The class party for Valentine's Day is my absolute favorite party of the year. That's because I have my students create their own treat! It's such fun to see how creative (and excessive) 1st graders will get.
Here's how it works:
- Ask your room parents to bake heart shaped sugar cookies for the party. They should NOT decorate them! Ask them to use the largest heart shaped cookie cutter possible. That way you will need only 1 cookie per student. Since many children now have peanut and other nut allergies, I recommend using Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough since it is safe for those with allergies. That is, of course, if the bakers are not making dough from scratch.
- The room parents should also provide tubs of frosting; 1 tub for every 4 or 5 children. That's way more than is needed, but it certainly cuts down on the sharing problems that 6 & 7 year olds can exhibit.
- Have enough plastic knives to allow each child to have their own. If you are nervous about knives, even tho' plastic, tongue depressors also work well.
- Your students should gather around decorating centers (paper covered tables) supplied with the above mentioned frosting tubs, plastic knives, and a generous supply of decorative sprinkles and colored sugar crystals.
- Now stand back and let your children have the time of their lives. They will almost certainly create cookies that are piled high with every decoration within their reach and that are nearly inedible. But, they will have fun.
- Clean up is as easy as whisking the paper covering the tables into the garbage. Whoo whoo!
This party plan will take up most of your allotted celebration time, so room parents will not need to plan any games or crafts. You may even find that there is insufficient time to open their valentines at school.
Enjoy your Valentine's Day party with your little sweeties.