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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Idea: Free Valentine's Day Pictionary game printable for kids.

It's so odd to imagine that it's February and I still haven't participated in any functions for my daughter's 2nd grade class.  I usually pounce at opportunities to volunteer and spend time with the kiddies.  This year there were no mystery reader slots to fill, holiday class parties to host, or field trips to chaperone.  

Knowing this, I jumped like, literally bounced in the air, at the opportunity to play a virtual game with the kid's for Valentine's Day!  The teacher appreciated my motivation and tasked me with coming up with an idea, creating it, and then executing it.  Um, what?  Originally I figured we'd do the Valentine's Day BINGO like I did last year, but I thought that may be hard to play over a Smart Screen.  Then I squealed at the idea of putting together another scavenger hunt, until I realized that would be impossible to pull off.  That's when it hit me.  I used to LOVE playing Isketch over the computer.  Isketch is basically a game of Pictionary in a chat room like forum.  I decided that we could totally play a Valentine's Day themed version of Pictionary through the Smart Screen!


free valentine's day print out for class party


free valentine's day print out for class party

Valentine's Day Pictionary Game


What is Pictionary?

Pictionary is a simple game where a person draws a mystery word or phrase for other's to guess.

How could you play this virtually?

This is one of the simpler games to play through a screen.  Break out into a reasonable number of teams like 2 or 3 total teams.  Each person in that team rotates who is "it".  When you are "it", you draw a random word or phrase from the pile.  The random word or phrase should remain a secret.  "It" then does their best to draw out the word or phrase.  As "it" is drawing, the members of the opposing team have to guess what "it" is drawing within 2 minutes.  If they get it right, they get a point.  If they fail to guess the word or phrase, they don't receive a point.  It now becomes the opposing team's turn and the game is repeated.  Whoever has the most points at the end wins.

How did you use these print outs?

I printed out both sheets on a piece of paper.  Following the dotted lines on the second sheet of paper, I cut each word into rectangles.  I sent my daughter to school with the card print outs in an envelope.  Seal the envelope so your child can't get an advantage!  The teacher then shuffled the deck and placed them face down on the table near the Smart Board.  Meanwhile, we separated the class of 18 kids into two teams of 9 children.  I used the first sheet to keep score.  I marked each corresponding checkbox with A for team one's point, B for team two's point, and X when no point was earned.  I used this scorekeeping system to announce the winning team.  It was also my job to rotate the kids and teams so that the game was fair and everyone got a chance to draw.

Did you give out prizes?

Since we live in a world where everyone is a winner, said sarcastically, everyone got a little prize in the end.  In addition to the sealed envelope, I also sent my daughter to school that day with a bag of Valentine's Day themed stamps for the kiddies to take home with them.  We kept score, announced the winning team, but gave out prizes to everyone.

Is there anything else we should know?

While you're more than welcome to use my print outs, make sure you're playing with a class of 20 kids or less.  You don't want to have one child left out without a chance to draw.  They'll be sad and you'll feel awful, trust me.

Have you played games through a screen yet?

12 comments :

  1. That looks like fun. I always loved Valentines Day as a kid, with my little paper bag taped to the side of my desk for Valentines.

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    1. YES!! Now they decorate these fancy paper mailboxes, except not this year b/c of COVID.

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  2. Why do pupils of such a young age even celebrate or mark Valentines in school? It is so weird to me.... We only ever celebrated International Women's Day in March by bringing flowers to teachers. But Europe is not as consumerism obsessed as USA, I guess. Because I think these are all mostly consumerism holidays.

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    1. We call them "Hallmark Holidays" which is pretty much the same thing.. Although I do enjoy taking my daughter to the sweetheart dance at school. It's an excuse to dress up, do her hair, and then watch her dance the night away with her girlfriends. Sadly, no sweetheart dance this year due to COVID.

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    2. We are very strict here when it comes to bringing commercial holidays to schools. We, for example, riot, and demand teachers to be sacked if they celebrate Halloween with kids in kindergarden. Although in all honesty innocent, it is still a mild form of satanism dressing kids as draculas and witches for a party. I just personally wouldn't do it. But I also despise bringing priests to schools which they do when celebrating our saint Sava who was the founder of our first schools in the medieval times. When I worked as a teacher I always made it my business to make priests uncomfortable in my presence if I would see them in school LOL

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    3. We are very opposite. We celebrate ever commercial holiday there is and even more so in school. Yet, if a priest would show up, the world may end. LOL I accidentally called a class party the Friday before Easter with all Easter themed activities an "Easter party" two years ago. My daughter's Kindergarten teacher gave me daggers and corrected me loudly. "You mean, SPRING party?". If that was considered offensive, imagine a priest walking through the door?

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    4. We have catechism in schools but as a form of choice (students choose either catechism if they're religious or civil education if they're not) and they have it once a week. I've always hated it as I believe religion has no place in schools. When some of the priests would arrive some of the fellow teachers (religious ones) would approach them in teachers' room to kiss their hands and I'd always make a very noticeable, disgusted expression :) which would, naturally, infuriate the priests or embarrass them, which was my goal. I cannot believe they'd allow an adult to kiss their hands. It is just not a logic I'd ever understand.

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  3. The teachers must "love" you. I can hear them now. "She's that parent" lol

    A fun way to keep the kiddos occupied though, even though Hallmark Day can stuff it. As can the whole everybody wins thing. I mean at their age and for a little game, not bad, but schools need to stop with that crap, as it teaches them nothing.

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    1. Did you enjoy my Isketch reference? All I could think about was my picture of Moses parting the red sea when I got the word "divide". The entire room got mad asking why I didn't put a division symbol. LMAO I'm with you on the everyone is a winner thing being bad, I'm not with you on the Hallmark holidays b/c I love to celebrate...sooo, I win!

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  4. This is something my girls would have loved when they were smaller. They always played Pictionary with their grandma.

    And I'm glad I didn't grow up in Serbia. No Halloween in school? I remember wearing my Pound Puppies costume in first grade and we all got to walk around the school and parade our outfits to the other classes. Such fun!

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    1. Yes, I do love the Halloween parades! Do you remember the toys that were dolls with wings? You pull the string, release, and they would "fly"? I loved mine so much that I was that for Halloween in elementary school. Definitely some great memories.

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    2. Yes, my sister had those dolls! Did you ever see the video of the little girls that opened their flying doll on Christmas morning, pulled the string, then it flew right into the burning fireplace? I shouldn't have, but I laughed so hard at that video!

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