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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Love Potion!

I got to spend New Year's Eve with my best friend and of course I couldn't resist trying out "Love Potion" on her kids while I was there.   These kids are my test subjects....  I am always trying my units out on them ahead of time.  They never argue when it involves something fun!  "Love Potion" was a HUGE hit.  The kiddos (and the adults) loved it.  We combined lemon-lime soda, cherry Kool-aide, rainbow sherbet, whipped cream and some red sprinkles.

While the adults played real card games, the girls were entertained by a little "Roll and Color." 

We started by mixing the Kool-aide with the soda.  It was really cool to see that it actually mixes itself, kind of like a "potion."  

While the potion was mixing the girls colored their "Love Potion" cup labels...

Next we added a little rainbow sherbet (you can use strawberry or cherry too) to the cups... (Please excuse the blurriness of the photo... this is where the younger kids realized that there was fun to be had and joined in...)

Then we poured the soda/Kool-aide mix... it make a really cool bubbly affect that the kids loved...

And we topped it with whipped cream and sprinkles.... a real love potion!  They totally approved it for Valentine's Day!  

There are tons of activities in this unit... Love Potion activities,  graphic organizers to go with any Valentine's Day book, Math Printables, Language Arts Printables and  Interactive Reading Journals Thematic Supplements!  There are plenty of ways to make your Valentine's Day celebration fun and educational!  

I hope your New Years ended as peacefully as this...

Leave a comment below about what you are excited about teaching in the new year (along with your e-mail address) for a chance to win any product from my store.  I will pick a random winner Saturday evening!  (Along with another chance to win!)

Happy New Year!


  1. What a sweet and magical unit! My kinders would love this whole packet.

  2. i am excited to start our valentines day unit. i think i will add love potion to it :o)

  3. Winter Olympics!

  4. Teaching in Australia, the new year means we're starting a new school year, so I'm looking forward to getting to know all my precious kiddos. I'm really looking forward to implementing and teaching my Guided Reading program - something I've been working on developing for my prof. development. So it's all exciting. Plus I'm looking forward to throwing in some fun Valentines-themed activities for the start of the year!

    Miss Galvin Learns

  5. I love sports, so I'm really looking forward to the Winter Olympics! I plan to have my kinders keep track of the medals each country wins on a map. I think they will love it!

  6. Also looking forward to teaching the Winter Olympics...since everything else is the same as last year. (And the year before...)

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  7. Actually this post just got me excited about teaching Valentines Day. I teach special ed and my students have had such a fascination with beakers and 'potions' that the science station has become a coveted prize. I think they would love this!

  8. I am excited to teach an Arctic Animals unit. This is my first year in first grade and I am exited to see how the kids will respond to learning about penguins and polar bears.

  9. I am excited to teach spelling in the new year! (Who thought I would EVER say that?!) I did a ton of research and created my own phonics and high frequency words based spelling program with fun center activities to go along with it. I am excited! :) Your love potion unit looks great!


  10. I am always looking for fun, no cook activities to do with my kindergarten friends since we are not allowed to "cook" in the classroom. I love how your Love Potion activity incorporates sciences concepts and all the steps can be done with the kids. I would love to add it to my plans.


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