Valentine Matching Games

Apparently I’ve been on a bit of a printables kick lately, and today’s no different. I’m back with another printable that’s perfect for class Valentine’s Day parties. This one is a spin on a traditional matching game, but with a twist that’s perfect for third grade math.Multiplication Matching GameWarning: I’m stepping onto my Common Core soapbox for a moment, so skip this bit if you’re not in the mood for a rant. But I find it distressing that in this curriculum the students aren’t even encouraged to memorize their basic facts. The kids have just a brief introduction to such a vast array of concepts, without committing some of the basics to memory. My son knows about fifty ways to solve one equation, but flash cards? Nope. Not once have we been told that he needs to memorize his times tables. Rubbish, I say. So I stuck it to the man and made some good old-fashioned flash cards.

And while I was at it, I made a little Valentine’s multiplication matching game, too. Because basic math doesn’t have to be all about “division strategies” and “algebraic thinking” and “rectangular arrays.” Hogwash. We’re just going to memorize the damn things and be done with it. OK, sorry. Rant over. But truly, I could go for days, so get in touch if you want to commiserate with me on the Common Core. 

Anyway, this multiplication matching game would be a great way to sneak a little learning into the class party. Or you could make your own version to fit whatever your students have been working on lately; this could be great with irregular verbs (past/present), or singular/plural nouns, subtraction, division, etc. If you want this multiplication set, you can download it for free here

Matching GameAnd for my preschooler, I simply cut apart two of my bingo cards from yesterday’s post and we’ve had such a fun time playing this Valentine’s matching game. This would work great with any other printable bingo games out there, too. It’s great when you get two games for the price of one! Definitely make sure you print them on heavy card stock so you can’t see through them; and if you’re feeling extra ambitious, laminate these little guys for extra durability. 

There you have it! Two matching games and a rant on the Common Core. I’m back tomorrow with a little less ranting, and a little more Valentine’s Day fun. xo

Printable Valentine’s Day Bingo

Well, Valentine’s Day is breathing down my neck, and I’m scurrying around to throw together a class party by Friday. I made a little bingo printable to play at said party…because bingo is always a no-brainer. Everyone knows how to play and it takes minimal preparation. Grab a few prizes, some candy bingo markers, and you’re ready to roll. 

Valentine Bingo

I’ve got two sets of printables to share. A full sheet, and a half-sheet, for larger groups. When I do class parties, I like to divide the class into four groups and then rotate to different activities. If you’ve got a smaller group, the larger sheets work great…but if you’re playing with the entire class at once, then you might want to use the smaller version so you have to make half the copies. I also included five different variations of the cards, so not everyone will get bingo at the same time.

Printable Valentine Bingo

Just make sure you print one extra sheet, and cut the squares apart so you’ve got the calling cards. Throw them in a bucket, or an envelope and you’re all set. My kids and I have had fun playing this one as part of our 14 Days of Love, too…so make a couple extra copies for yourself. Get the printable files down below:
Screen Shot 2015-02-07 at 10.57.01 PMFull sheet Bingo Cards

Half-sheet Bingo Cards

Donut You Know How Much I Love You?

Donut Flag PrintableThis is one my favorite, quick Valentine’s Day surprises for my kids. Mostly because it involves buying a bag of mini donuts, and plenty of leftovers for me. But also because the kids love it. It’s one of the activities on my 14 Days of Love checklist, so if you need some other fun ways to celebrate this month, take a look there.

Donut FlagsTo make this fun, easy treat (or breakfast) for your kiddos, just grab a bunch of mini donuts, some chubby milkshake straws, and print out my little donut flags. Tape the flags to the straws, and spear the flag post (straw) through the center of the donuts, and you’re ready to go. 

Grab the printable here, and then have a great weekend!

Be Somebody

Hey Guys! Things have been a little quiet over here in my corner of the internet. I’ve been up to my elbows in paint (again) putting my dining room makeover plan into action. I’m so excited to show you the finished room! It should be soon. I’ve got a few more things to paint, then I’m done. 

February QuoteFor the time-being, though, I’ve got a new printable quote for the month of February. I’ve also got several different sizes available as a screensaver/desktop image. So that’s fun. 

Get the printable here. Or check out last month’s quote in case you missed it.

The digital versions are available in the following sizes: 

Fullscreen Monitors

Widescreen Monitors

Tablet/Mobile Devices