Why I Buy Conversation Hearts
February 9th, 2011
When I was doing our weekly grocery run on Saturday, I bought a bag of Valentine Conversation Hearts. Why would I purchase such patently nasty bits of holiday confection? Good question. I can promise you that it was not for eating. Those things are just gross — sort of like sugary chalk. *Shudder*
Happily, conversation hearts are not a complete waste of time, space, and unpronounceable chemical ingredients! They happen to form the basis of a great (and cheap) Valentine craft: the Conversation Heart Letter.
Here’s what you do. Dump out the entire bag of hearts and sift through them looking for words which can be used in a letter. Obviously, what works for you will depend on the type of letter you’re writing. I happened to be drafting one to Miss Mouse’s daycare teachers, so I avoided all references to “hot lips” and the like! But plenty of other words, like “awesome” or even “cupcake” worked just fine. You want to try to get a variety of colors of hearts, and make sure that the words are printed clearly.
Next, you draft your letter, periodically inserting a candy heart in place of written words. If you have lovely penmanship, feel free to write this out. I have the handwriting of an epileptic kindergarten student, so I typed mine on the computer and printed it out on construction paper. Then I glued the paper to a piece of cardboard (recycled from a cereal box!) and then glued on the hearts. Ta da!
Hello Discovery Preschool Teachers,
Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m sure lucky to have you as my teachers — you rock! Don’t tell Mommy and Daddy, but sometimes I don’t want to say goodbye at the end of the day. School is just way too cool. Every day is just one adventure after another.
I always get real* excited when I come to school, especially when we have a birthday to celebrate and I get to eat a cupcake.
Sometimes people ask me if I’d rather go to a different school, but I tell them no way. I’m a KinderCare girl! You guys are awesome.
I Heart You! XOXO
My wee Love Bug will also be sending a letter to his teachers. I just haven’t written it yet!
*Yes, I know that is grammatically incorrect. I had to take a bit of artistic license to get that heart to fit…