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    Valentine's
    By Rosemary Collins from Campbell

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    Last year, my Grade 1s were infatuated with Clifford. So...for Valentine's, we made Clifford Valentine card holders.

    Here's what you need/child:
    1 1/2 'thicker' paper plates
    thick red paint
    red, black and white construction paper

    Here's what you do:
    Have children paint the paper plates red on the first day - the full size painted on the 'front side' and the 1/2 plate painted on the 'backside'.
    Assemble the second day with a stapler - the full-size plate at the back with the 1/2 at the front.
    Have children examine how the author draws Clifford's features - incorporate a drawing lesson. Kids are amazed at their success. You can have tracers for Clifford's big eyes,pupils and ears but sometimes the Picasso-looking Clifford's were the most heart-warming.
    Have children glue on the red ears, whites of Clifford's eyes and pupils.
    I placed these outside our classroom on a bulletin board. As children brought Valentines, they delivered into classmates' Clifford faces!



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