Bring hearts and valentines into the classroom with these cross-curricular crafts and lesson plans.
Slugs in Love Valentine's Day Craft
Love blossoms in this art project based on the sweet story by Susan Pearson.
PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
Use this cute craft to introduce your students to Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson. The story offers many opportunities for students to ask and answer critical thinking questions.
What You Need:
- Writing paper
- Black crayons
- Crayons in assorted colors
- One sheet or piece of the following per student:
- 12- by 12-inch red construction paper
- 9- by 9-inch light pink construction paper
- 10- by 5-inch green construction paper
- 9- by 12-inch tan construction paper
- 4- by 4-inch white construction paper
- 1- by 1-inch black construction paper
- 2- by 2-inch hot pink construction paper
What You Do:
- Have your students draw a heart on the red construction paper with a pencil, then trace it with a black crayon.
- Have your students carefully tear out the heart shape without using scissors.
- Have the students repeat steps 1 and 2 using the light pink construction paper to create a smaller heart shape.
- Have your students glue the pink heart to the center of the red heart.
- Ask the students to place the green paper horizontally in front of them and use scissors to cut inch-long vertical slits across the top of the paper. This creates grass.
- Have your students glue the grass to the hearts with the vertical slits overlapping the bottom of the hearts, as shown.
- Have your students fold the tan paper in half and trace one hand on it. Your students should keep their hands closed, except for the middle and index fingers held in a V shape.
- Have your students cut out the hand shapes with the paper still folded to create two slug shapes.
- Help your students glue the slugs next to each other on the hearts so the bottoms of the slugs meet the top of the grass, as shown.
- To create the slugs’ eyes, have students cut four small circles from the white construction paper and four smaller circles from the black construction paper. Help the students glue the black circles to the white ones and glue one eye to the top of each finger shape.
- To create a hat for Herbie, the male slug, have your students cut a semi-circle from the remaining white construction paper and color it as they choose with crayon. Have the students glue the hat onto one of the slugs, to sit below the eyes.
- To create two bows for Marylou, the female slug, have the students fold the hot pink construction paper in half. Have them draw a bow shape onto the paper and cut it, with the paper still folded, to create two bows. Have the students glue the bows below Marylou’s eyes.
- Have your students draw mouths on Herbie and Marylou using crayons.
- Ask your students to cut a piece of writing paper to fit the green grass and glue it on. Here, they can record their thoughts about the story.
Extension Activities with Books
How to Teach a Slug to Read by Susan Pearson
Engage your students in an author study of Susan Pearson. Compare and contrast the main idea, key details, characters, and setting of the stories Slugs in Love and How to Teach a Slug to Read.
Slugs and Snails by Claire Llewellyn and Barrie Watts
Use this book to research and observe the life cycle of a slug. Have the students record their observations and questions in a journal.