Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

The History & Art of Making Sweethearts Candy!

February 11th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Saturday, February 11, 2012 and time for Electives at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Smithsonian: History of Sweetheart Candies

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

The Smithsonian recognizes “Sweetheart Candies” as a cultural icon and offers a terrific article on the history of the little Valentine confections. When you’ve finished reading, be sure to click on the link near the top of the page that says, “Ten Out-of-the-Ordinary Valentine’s Day Customs.” It’s sure to ignite a family discussion! (Parents, as always, should preview to determine suitability of content.)

Then, take a virtual field trip to the Necco’s Candy factory to see how their conversational sweethearts are made. Here’s the link:

Necco: Virtual Plant Tour of Sweetheart Candy Factory

You can make fun Valentine crafts with candy conversation hearts. At you’ll find links to some fun ideas – like Valentine Bingo Cards!. Note: I didn’t review the linked sites. Parents please preview and supervise all Internet use.


Virtual Field Trip to Chocolate Museum!

February 10th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Friday, February 10, 2012 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Field Museum: All About Chocolate – Just for Kids

Age Range: 7 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

Valentine’s Day is coming – and that means chocolate! At this website you can take an animated tour to virtually pick cacao pods and process cocoa beans into chocolate!

When you get to the site, click on the words, “Begin the chocolate-making process,” to start the interactive tour.

When the tour is over, explore the rest of this site that provides the history of chocolate.

Don’t miss the “Educators Resources” where you will find “Cocoa Connections: From Beans to Bars” that is a free, downloadable series of 12 lessons about chocolate. Students will:

  1. Discover the botanical source of chocolate, Theobroma Cacao, a small tree of the tropical rainforest interior.
  2. Explore the ecological connections between people, plants, insects, and other animals within the tree’s habitat.
  3. Investigate cultural interactions and conservation concerns resulting from the cultivation, processing, exchange, and consumption of cacao.
  4. Recognize the changing economic and cultural roles of cacao and chocolate in local and global economies over time.

This is a terrific website for learning all about chocolate!

Valentine Math Activities

February 14th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Monday, February 14, 2011 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Googol Power: Valentine Math

Age Range: All (with parental guidance/supervision)

As our friends at say, this is the time of year “when symmetrical Valentine hearts flourish, Fibonacci flowers are sold by the dozen, sweetheart candies are sorted, and you can count up all the ways you love your Valentine… and math!”

When you get to the site, you’ll find all kinds of free, innovative activities and suggestions for learning and enhancing math skills through things associated with Valentine’s Day such as:

*Chocolate – Explore fractions with a chocolate bar!

*Candy – Hone your sorting, grouping, and estimation skills with a box of sweetheart candies. Get free math lessons for grades 1-4. Get instructions for a game of “Valentine Candy Battleship.”

*Hearts – Learn about symmetry while calculating the area and perimeter of a heart shape. Get instructions for a game of “Broken Heart Math.”

*Valentines – Try the “Valentine Exchange Lesson.”  (Homeschoolers could substitute “support group” for “classroom” in this activity.)

*Solve Some Tricky Valentine’s Math Problems – Figure out an algorithm to solve a math puzzle, and see if you can answer some Valentine-themed word problems. 

There are lots of ingenious ideas here and links to further resources too.



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Language Arts Games – Adjectives & More!

February 9th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Wednesday, February 9th, 2010 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
PBS: Interactive Language Arts Games

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, non-readers will need assistance)

PBS offers a collection of interactive, fun Language Arts games that enhance learning. The activities are themed around PBS shows such as Between The Lions, Curious George, Super Why, Sesame Street, and Arthur.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that teach about topics such as:

  • Adjectives
  • Phonics
  • Reading
  • Rhymes
  • Spelling
  • Synonyms
  • Vocabulary

Click on any one and a new page opens where the game begins. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the narrations and sound effects. When you’re through with the Language Arts games, you may also enjoy the Math, Arts, and Social Sciences games.  The nice thing about this PBS site, is that all of the games are age-appropriate, vetted by educators, and there isn’t any advertising.

If you’re children enjoy those games, they may also enjoy:

All About Adjectives – This very brief interactive game helps kids learn about adjectives through a few simple exercises. Non-readers will need assistance. 

If your children want to know more about adjectives try visiting this website for some great OFFLINE ideas:

Adjectives: A Unit Study for Valentine’s Day – This ad-supported site offers a variety of engaging activities that you can do at home (offline) on Valentine’s Day (or any day) to help your children learn about adjectives. Because this site is ad-supported, parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise use.



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Valentine Art, Crafts, Recipes, & Games!

February 5th, 2011

Hi! It’s Saturday, February 5, 2011 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: Valentines

Age Range: All  (There are craft activities for all ages. Parental supervision required.)

Valentine’s Day is February 14th. Celebrate by decorating the house with Valentine-themed arts and crafts or bake a special chocolate treat for your sweetie or semi-sweetie. At this ad-supported website you’ll find instructions and illustrations for making:

*Valentine’s Day Crafts – Make a cute and crafty love bug, a valentine mobile, a valentine sachet, a CD valentine, or a woven paper heart.

*Valentine’s Day Recipes – Make a “Box of Chocolates” cake, a Molten Chocolate Lava Cake, Cherry Mousse, or Message Heart Cupcakes.

*Valentine’s Day Party Guide – Plan a Valentine party with these suggestions for decorations, treats, and fun Valentine’s Day games!

*Quick Tips to a Sweet Valentine’s Day – Don’t have time for crafts and recipes?  Try these simple and inexpensive ideas you can do in a jiffy to make the day more meaningful for your whole family!

Note:  This is an ad-supported website, so parents please preview and supervise use.



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Virtual Tour – See How Diamonds Are Made

February 13th, 2010

Hi! It’s Friday, February 12, 2010 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at Clickschooling!
Valentine’s Day is almost here. Have you noticed all of the advertisements for diamond jewelry? At today’s websites, you can take a brief Virtual Field Trip to see how diamonds are man-made in the lab, and watch an animation of how diamonds are made in nature. Before you take these tours, it will enhance your experience to learn a little about diamonds. Visit the sites in the order listed below to get a multi-faceted understanding of how diamonds are made.
Recommended Websites:

Age Range: 7-16 (approximately, varies depending on website)

ThinkQuest: Diamonds for Kids

ThinkQuest offers this site for kids that explains how diamonds are created, and also discusses the properties of diamonds as gemstones such as the carat, clarity, cut, and color.

~~~~~ How Diamonds Are Man-Made
This website contains a short slide-show and scientific explanation of how real diamonds are synthesized in the laboratory.

How Diamonds Are Made in Nature

This website offers an animation of how diamonds are formed in the earth’s crust.