Author: TCR Staff

What’s Inside Your Heart? A Valentine’s Day Classroom Activity

Each year on February 14th, people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” Your students can use this pattern to make a special valentine for a friend or family member. Download the pattern from our book Celebrating Holidays.

Valentine card activityAll you need is white drawing paper, red or pink tissue paper, glue, scissors, a pencil, and a marker.

Valentine materials


Step 1: Fold the piece of white drawing paper in half. Draw half a heart onto the paper.

fold and trace heart

Step 2: Cut out the shape. Unfold it so you have a whole heart. Place the heart onto the tissue paper and trace around it. Cut out the tissue paper heart, then set it aside.

Tracing on tissue paper

Step 3: On the white paper, write a message in the center of the heart shape for a friend or family member.

writing on heart

Step 4: Glue the top parts of the hearts together, with the tissue paper on top. Give the message to a friend or family member.

gluing heartsYou can also use the rest of the white drawing paper and any leftover tissue paper to create another valentine. Just glue the tissue to the back of the drawing paper to cover the heart-shaped hole, then write a message on the front of the paper.


be my valentine

From Teacher Created Resources Celebrating Holidays Grades 3-4

Chinese New Year Activity: Message of Good Fortune

Chinese New Year Teacher Created Resources 2
Celebrate multicultural holidays in your classroom! Chinese New Year is an important holiday. It honors household gods and ancestors. The holiday is also known as Spring Festival. This activity will introduce students to the traditions of Chinese New Year.

Read a Chinese New Year passage about the history and traditions of the holiday. Then follow the instructions to make a Chinese scroll. One way people celebrate Chinese New Year is by writing and displaying messages of good luck. Sometimes they write on scrolls. They put the scrolls on the doors to their houses. Sometimes they write good-luck messages with brushes on diamond-shaped pieces of red paper. They display them in homes or businesses. We wish people “Happy New Year!” People in China also greet one another at the new year. They want to wish people good fortune.


  • 1 piece of white or red drawing paper
  • red crayon or colored pencil
  • scissors
  • tape or glue
  • two pencils or sticks


  1. Fold a piece of white drawing paper in half lengthwise.
  2. Write a good-luck message on one side of the paper. Consider using one or more of the sayings below.
    Popular Chinese New Year’s Greetings:
    -Much happiness and prosperity to you
    -Fortune will smile on you-Get wealthy quickly
    -Success is on its way
  3. Place a pencil or stick at the top of the paper. Fold over the paper and tape it in place.

Follow this same step for the bottom of the paper.

For more Chinese New Year Lessons & Activities, see Celebrating Holidays.

Mitten Match Vocabulary Activity

Teacher Created Resources Vocabulary Activity

This mitten match vocabulary activity is a great winter-themed lesson that will help students identify vocabulary words and will teach them about pairing opposites.  This activity is based on The Mitten by Jan Brett.

Mitten Match Activity by Teacher Created Resources Mitten Activity Teacher Created Resources Materials Needed:
Mitten Accents
Glitter Clothespins
Lime Chevron Border Trim

Vocabulary Word List

List 1

List 2


  1. Write a vocabulary word from List 1 on a left mitten accent.
  2. Write down the opposite vocabulary words from List 2 on the right mitten accent.
  3. Hang border trim up on a bulletin board or lay flat on a table. Set aside clothespins.  Students will need the clothespins to hang the mitten accents.
  4. Mix up all the mitten word accents and have the students identify two vocabulary words that are opposites.
  5. Have the students hang the two opposite mitten word accents on the border trim using clothespins.

Download the free Sample Pages of A Guide for Using The Mitten in the Classroom here. See more winter activity ideas here.

3 Classroom Activities to do this Halloween

Looking for new ways to integrate fun Halloween activities while reinforcing learning? These Halloween games and activities are perfect for a classroom Halloween party, or can be used all throughout fall.

Watch 3 Halloween Classroom Activities Video:

Pumpkin Patch Brain Break

Teacher Created Resources Pumpkin Patch Brain Break

This first Halloween activity is great for establishing healthy habits and getting kids to exercise. It can be done outdoors, or you could modify the physical activity to smaller movements if you wanted to do it inside the classroom.

Pumpkin Mini Accents
Pumpkin Accents
Plastic Craft Sticks
Fall Straight Border Trim
Green Sassy Solids Chart
-Hay Bale

  1. Glue a Pumpkin Mini Accent to a Plastic Craft Stick. Continue to do this for about 25 craft sticks and accents.
  2. Take a hay bale and wrap the Fall Straight Border Trim around the bottom of it.
  3. Glue the pumpkin craft sticks and insert towards the back of the hay bale.
  4. Insert the mini pumpkin craft sticks into the hay bale, making sure not to show the color of the craft stick.
  5. Glue each color craft stick into the Green Sassy Solids Chart and write down a physical activity for each one. Some great activities would be to do 10 jumping jacks or run in place for 10 seconds.
  6. Students will then “pick” a pumpkin from the patch. When each student picks their pumpkin, the craft stick will reveal which physical activity the whole class should do.

Pumpkin Patch Math Game
 Teacher Created Resources Pumpkin Patch Math Game
This game can be done on a bulletin board, underneath your whiteboard, or anywhere you have space.

Pumpkin Accents
Fall Leaves Accents
Orange Sassy Solids Double-Sided Border
Black & White Clothespins

  1. Write a math equation on each Fall Leaf Accent. Use addition problems or any equations your class happens to be studying  (without answer).
  2. Write the answers to the math equations on Pumpkin Accents.
  3. Use  Black & White Clothespins to attach the  Pumpkin Accent Answers to the Orange Sassy Solid Border Trim, and hang it on a bulletin board
  4. Place the fall leaf equations face down on a table.
  5. Have each student choose one fall leaf math equation.
  6. Have each student solve the problem. Using the clothespin, have the student attach it to the correct answer on the Pumpkin Accent.

Halloween Party Crowns

Teacher Created Resources Halloween Crowns

Making Halloween Party Crowns is an easy way to get festive in the classroom. It’s especially great for schools that don’t  wear costumes in the classroom.

Halloween Accents from Susan Winget
Orange Sassy Solids Double-Sided Border

  1. Take the Orange Sassy Solids Double-Sided Border Trim and measure it around each students head. Staple or glue to secure.
  2. Have students choose their favorite Halloween accents and glue or staple to the crowns.


More Halloween & Fall Teacher Resources:
Pumpkin Lantern Tutorial
Wrapped Pumpkin Craft
Halloween Lesson Plans