I'm off today, which meant I couldn't celebrate Valentine's day with my students on the actual day. So instead, I celebrated all week!
A couple of weeks ago I purchased a few packs of Valentine's cards and, amazingly, I remembered to bring them into work. Over the years I've learned not to write on the card until the receptionist calls to let me know the child has arrived for their appointment. This saves wasting cards on no-shows or cancellations (sometimes planning ahead isn't the best idea).
This year I used the "Stamp and Sort Mailbox" I wrote about last April, to do a Valentine's day themed activity. Before I brought the child down to my room I put a card, addressed to the child, in the bottom of the box and locked it. During the therapy session we pretended to mail Valentines (flashcards), specific to their target, to various people in the child's life. It's pretty sweet to hear who the children want to mail things to and why.
I have some small manila envelopes that are the perfect size for (most) flashcards. I have put clear contact paper on the front of the envelopes so that we can write names on them and then I can wipe them off to reuse again later.
Conveniently the mailbox has three slots. I used this to work on categories with one student by assigning each slot a different category.
Once all the cards were in the mailbox we used the key to open the door and then put the cards in the mail-satchel (a shiny red drawstring bag) so that we could deliver them. Sometimes the child would deliver them to the people in the room (usually Mum and/or Dad). Other times we put some toys around the room (such as a Spiderman figurine, the Dudsberry puppet, or the Marbleworks Castle) and the child delivered the cards to the toys. As we delivered each envelope, we opened them up to see what was inside (this provides another opportunity to practice the targets).
Some children spotted their card as soon as they opened up the mailbox and other children didn't see it until they were delivering the mail. Either way it was really fun to see their reactions when they realized that there was something there that they hadn't mailed and that it was for them!
How did you celebrate Valentine's day this year?