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Interview other generations to gather oral histories about Valentine traditions. Start a conversation with heart-stopping Model Magic® jewelry!
What is the sweetest part of Valentine’s Day? Could it be the tiny heart candies that describe feelings? Originally called motto hearts, more than 8 billion of these candies, often called conversation starter hearts, are made each year. In the event students are not familiar with conversation hearts, have some examples available in the classroom for children to view. Have students note the messages printed on the hearts and begin a list of messages on a classroom white board.
Over the years, messages on the conversation hearts have changes. Ask students to interview parents and other adults to recall some of the heart messages that they received. How have the messages changed over the years? Students add newly uncovered messges to the classroom list. Then begin a new list of messages students might want to send to their loved ones on conversation hearts.
As students prepare to make original conversation hearts, have them cover their work space with recycled newspaper. Provide each child with a handful of white Crayola Model Magic and Crayola Washable Markers. Demonstrate to the class how to add color to the white Model Magic and knead it until they arrive at pastel colors similar to the hearts—or any other colors they wish for sweetheart necklaces, bracelets, or pendants.
With plastic dinnerware, students sculpt, mold, or cut out small shapes such as hearts, cupids, or other valentine designs. Add a brief message to the hearts such as "Love U" or "BFF". Air dry shapes overnight.
Thread a needle. With the help of an adult, use a thimble to string the dried shapes. Knot the thread on both sides of shapes to hold them in place.
If a shiny look is preferred for jewelry, students mix equal amounts of Crayola School Glue and water to make a glaze. With the work area covered with recycled newspaper, students apply glaze with a sponge brush. Dry overnight.
Use Crayola Glitter Glue to add finishing flourishes to designs. Air dry on newspaper.
Tape the ends of the string together to safely wear Sweetheart Jewelry.
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