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Make a Historical Valentine's Day Card

Students will utilize a variety of supplies to create a handmade Valentine's Day card for someone special in their lives.

PROCESS:

  1. Prior to conducting this activity, gather a variety of art materials including colored paper, lace, ribbon and old magazines. If you wish, encourage students to bring additional supplies from home. You will also need glue, scissors and markers or crayons.
  2. Provide each student with a piece of plain white paper. Instruct students to think of someone special for whom they can make a handmade Valentine's Day card. Then give them time to brainstorm ideas and draft a model for their cards. 
  3. Once students are ready to proceed, give each student a piece of thick paper, such as card stock or half of a Manila folder. Or, if you like, provide students with two large, blank index cards. Students can align the cards, cut holes along the left edge with a hole punch and tie the cards together with ribbons.
  4. Using the materials at hand, challenge each student to create a unique, handmade Valentine's Day card for someone special in their lives. 

ASSESSMENT: 

Invite students to share their Valentine's Day cards with the class. Encourage them to identify what they think are the most unique or special parts of their design. 

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
As students brainstorm ideas for their cards, encourage them to make a list of things that are important to the person for whom they are making the card. Challenge them to incorporate one or more of those ideas into their design. 
Grades 5-6:
As students brainstorm ideas for their cards, encourage them to make a list of things that are important to the person for whom they are making the card. Instruct them to incorporate one or more of those ideas into their design. Challenge them to write a meaningful verse on the inside of their cards.
Grades 7-8:
As students brainstorm ideas for their cards, encourage them to make a list of things that are important to the person for whom they are making the card. Instruct them to incorporate two or more of those ideas into their design. Then have them create a multi-layered collage of pasted together objects that utilize design concepts such as negative space. Challenge students to write a meaningful verse on the inside of their cards.
Grades 9-10:
Prior to conducting this activity, have each student bring in a small, shallow box. (Perfect boxes would be those that had previously been filled with chocolates or other candies. But if students bring in shoeboxes, they can cut down the sides to make the boxes shallower.) Instruct students to brainstorm ideas for their cards. As they do this, encourage them to identify things that are important to the person for whom they are making the card. Have students select one of those ideas and use it as the focus as they create a three-dimensional card in an ornamental box. Challenge students to write a meaningful verse on the inside of their cards.