Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a wonderful February book. Actually it's great for any month but works especially well for Valentines. The story (which seems to have less than 100 words) conveys the beauty of sharing, kindness, and giving. The illustrations are simple and the kiss that grows is a sparkly gem that Little Miss joyfully shares with everyone. As she shares the sparkly gem of kisses gets bigger and more beautiful with each page.
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I was so touched by this simple book that I just had to come up with a "plant a kiss" activity. If you complete this activity in the next week or so, your students may well have a blooming (or at least growing) delight to share with their families on February 14th. The project starts with making "kiss packets" (or in other words) a variation on seed tape.
If you are unfamiliar with seed tape, it's a way to lock seeds in place on thin pieces of paper that you then plant. It helps control too many seeds being deposited in one place. You actually plant the paper packet and the seeds grown through the paper.
To create "kiss" seed packets:
You'll need red or pink tempera paint, empty toilet paper rolls, and (very cheap and thin) white paper towels or toilet paper, or white tissue paper, corn starch, and seeds (I used African Daisies because they sprout in 5-10 days).
Please note that the thinner the paper you use, the greater the chance your seeds will germinate in just 5-10 days.
1) Fold the toilet paper rolls in half so that the ends look like big lips.
You now have "kisses" that your students have planted for Valentines. They make great little Valentines plant gifts for mom and dad.
Now speaking of kisses... I have a cute little kisses, hearts, and I Love U graph designed especially to be used with those little target erasers.
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Enjoy your weekend.