Getting anything Valentine themed for a boy is a chore. I know it’s hopelessly sexist to look at all the lace, pink and glitter and think, “Nope. They won’t go for it.” But I see the kids for such a short amount of time, I can’t afford “talking into it” time nor do I really want to. So this Valentine’s Day, I’m going with a more aggressive speech language activity.
Webber artic worksheets (or any photocopied cards or worksheet)
“Void” stamp and/or mini hand crank shredder (shredder is the coolest)
Do your worksheet as usual. Since we were gearing up for excitement, I felt like I could get away with rote drill. We did a Webber sheet–forward, then backward, then columns down, then columns up. Then I pulled out my self inking, bright red “VOID” stamp. We discussed “void.”
“It means it’s of no use any more. You finished that so completely, it’s done for today.” (He loved that) “Which one will you void first?”
Yep, he said them all again. In fact, a couple he wanted to “extra void” and he said the target word each time he stamped. Extra credit!
On to the next Webber sheet. We went down columns, up columns, forward and backwards. I took the stamp back and pulled out scissors. I cut three strips of words and took out the mini shredder. I got huge eyes at this. He started cranking (mine makes a very satisfying clicking noise).
“What are you shredding?”
“I’m shredding ‘sale’ (crank, crank), ‘salt’, (crank, crank), ‘sand’ (crank, crank)! I need more!”
I had boys that would have shred paper all afternoon! They shred into the cup of the machine, on to the table, over the trash. They were enthralled wathcing the blades work. They made fringy brushes and felt them on their arms and cheeks. One boy made little lanterns and scarves. Another made the “monster” throw up. (Can you see the screw “eyes” and the stuff coming out the mouth?)
So for Valentine’s Day, I’m photocopying our next words onto a lovely lavender or baby pink paper. I might punch out some hearts and put our target on them. I know they’ll happily void every heart and shred it to bits…when you’re seven, gooey love stuff can wait.
This has fast become one of the most beloved articulation activities in my room!
You may also be interested in my “Valentines Bug Me” print and go game which adds an icky bug factor to a sweet holiday!
I bought my mini shredder off Etsy, but I think Spy Gear has one too. The stamp was from my local Office Depot. (The shredders are actually for making your own quilling strips. Bonus points if you use your scraps for that!)