No Candy? No Problem!

Candy (among 27 other food items) is basically off limits in my classroom this year.  So, I had to come up with an alternative to the traditional candy heart math I usually do this time of year.  Most of the other classes will be doing their candy math, but I really don't want my students to just sit there and do the next hum-drum lesson in our math series, if you know what I mean.

So, I came up with a plan....heart crowns!

These crowns are the perfect alternative to candy heart math.  Not only is the project is hands-on, but it is aligned with what we are currently working on.  It's also fun and festive!  

This project is so easy too!  You simply need:
  1. Lots of heart cut outs (I use construction paper and cut out the hearts using the school die cut machine...lifesaver!)
  2. Sentence strips
  3. A set of math problems (this is actually optional...keep reading)
  4. Valentine's Day stickers/foamies.

These are the problems I plan to give to my students.  They will choose six of them.  This page is by no means necessary (or fancy for that matter...hello Sharpie and blank copy paper).  You could definitely give your students the option of creating their own problems.  It just depends on where they are in the process of mastering this skill.

Each student needs a sentence strip, some heart cut outs, stickers/foamies, and a page of three-digit math problems.  I like to place a tray at each table group stocked with all of these supplies. 

As mentioned, the students will choose six of the problems from above.  They will write and solve the problems they've chosen on the heart cut outs. 

As the students work, I walk around the room sizing the the sentence strips to fit the students' heads.  This way, they can start gluing the hearts to their hats as soon as they are ready.  To finish off the hat, the students will add a bit more flair to their crowns using the provided stickers/foamies.

And, that's it!  Not only is it a fun project, but it's also an easy one.  That's the best kind of project, am I right?

This idea could be used with lots of different math skills, so pick one that you want your students to review, but make it fun by turning it into a project they can wear.  They'll love it!


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  1. Wow Aimee! Several of my favorite things combined! A craft, hearts, and math!!! Awesome Idea (as usual!) :)

    Second Grade Math Maniac
    Bear in Mind Blog Design

    1. Awww, thanks Casey!! I'm glad you like the idea!!


  2. Your ideas are adorable! I love this one! Your kids will feel more special than all the other kids with their candy hearts:)
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  3. Such a cute idea! My kids always love making hats, crowns, etc... Thanks for sharing!

    Kelly @I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  4. Too cute!!! I'd be so sad in a room without candy, but these heart crowns would certainly help!

    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

    1. Thanks Ladies! I'm glad you like the candy alternative! Save the idea in case you ever find yourself in my shoes. Have a good one!



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