Monday, February 1, 2010

DIY: Punny Valentines for My Pupils

Google Eye Valentines from Family Fun
Family Fun Magazine has the best ideas! This month two ideas for Valentines grabbed my attention. The Google Eye Valentines and the scratch off Valentines.

Valentines for My Students

Since both ideas were stellar, I decided to combine them and do both.

I took a close up picture and edited it in Picnic. In Picnic I added a Valentines boarder and "sticker" with text. The text on the heart has pun filled messages such as "Eye think your great!" Puns are so great for my English language learners.  Then I had the photos printed at Walgreens. Next, I covered the heart "sticker" with clear contact paper and silver metalic craft paint mixed with a dab of soap. The easiest part was adding the google eyes. I got these great stick on google eyes at Michaels. They came in assorted sizes which just makes everything even sillier.

"Eye" think they will be a hit with my pupils.

Meanwhile, I am trying to think up other scratch off projects for them. Maybe review boards where they make up questions and answers. After laminating the pages, they could paint the answers with the metallic paint. Once dry they could trade papers to review and "scratch off" to check answers.

I don't know, that might be too much work. I just know that scratch off would be very fun and motivating. If you happen to think of any other ideas for "scratch off" leave them in the comments.

Other projects inspired by Family Fun Magazine:
Paper mache eggs & ornaments
Watercolor portraits

Have a great day!

I am linking this to DIY Day!
and Try & Tell.



jenny said...

So funny!! That sounds like a fun project for my kids.

BTW, thanks for the idea to use a wooden letter J for the sink faucet! Probably much cheaper than using actual pipes and joints.. Next time I'm in town, I'll make a side trip to Michaels! :o)

Adventure Mom Janna said...

My friend Kim at is hosting a Try and Tell Tuesday and this post would be perfect for it!

As a former teacher myself I know the kids will bonkers for these!

Also, I host a Feed Me Books Friday were I ask folks to recommend 1-3 of their fav. children's or YA books and come link up.

I've already got a great "to read" list going as a result.

I'm blessed to know you are such a committed and fun teacher.

Shea Bates said...

Love this! I caught your link at Kim's Mom Tried It link. Great ideas:) I am a follower now....


Cop Mama said...

What a great idea! So silly but yet way cute!

I hopped over from Mom Tried It too!

Wendy said...

Those are so cute!

Im currently hosting my Valentine's craft party!

Kim said...

Such a cute idea! I am so glad you decided to link it up at Try and Tell. I love the idea of scratch off mind is overwhelmed with ideas right now. :-) I am going to have to come back often to see what other cool things you have going on over here!

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Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

You are an awesome teacher!

Michelle said...

Cute google eyes! That would be a fun card to send anytime to family and friends, too!

Stephanie said...

What a cute idea!!!

Christy said...

Family Fun has some great ideas. Your kids are going to love those!

Laura said...

What a great idea. I wish I had more teachers like you. I should make those for my students. I work with college students but I think they would like them too!

laterg8r said...

those are brilliant :D

vanessa said...

I love this idea.

Kelley said...

very cute idea. seems like a cool magazine- especially for teachers.

Heidi said...

I saw the scratch off idea in Family Fun and was intrigued, so I'm glad that you tried it and worked! I'll have to remember it for a future project.

Kristen said...

soooo...I'm definitely stealing this idea. I've been scouring goodwill for a cute crock pot but most of them are so ugly. I've already got chalkboard paint, so now all I have to worry about is function.