- Giant Envelopes. My school may be out of markers and most colors of construction paper, but we have a lot of 12" by 15" envelopes. Now that these envelopes can't be used for Donors Choose thank yous (too big for the no-postage-necessary label), their supply remains undiminished (site-wide, we've had maybe 150 projects filled). Anyway, these are great for collecting valentines - unlike paper bags, they don't stand up and then fall over, and they're sturdy. I have plenty of stamps, stickers, and scraps of construction paper for decorating these.
- Pattern Necklaces. I try to avoid foam craft items, I make an exception for these beads. The kids sort their beads, make a pattern, and then string it. This is a nice assessment, actually, because they have a variety of attributes to use and can use more than one, or make a pattern of two patterns, etc.
A couple of weeks ago, we had a small group covering "Cutting is Awesome", during which I taught the kids how to cut hearts (using the "draw the top of a two" method), snowflakes, etc. That's enough Valentine's action for me.