Saturday, February 4, 2017

Valentine Bucket Fillers

I've had such an amazing response to my Bucket Filler post that I decided to update it for classroom Valentine's Day / Friendship Day parties!  We are doing this activity in my 1st graders classroom at their Valentine's Day party.  If you are a fan of Bucket Fillers, you have to check it out!

FIRST we will read the book "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" by Carol McCloud.

Have you heard of Bucket Fillers?  Bucket filling is using actions or words to show someone kindness and respect, as opposed to Bucket Dipping which is saying or doing something unkind to another person.  This concept is being incorporated in classrooms across the country, seemingly in response to the bullying epidemic.

SECOND each child will get a "bucket" (red Solo cup) to decorate with Valentine stickers and Sharpies. They'll put their name on the outside of the bucket.

THIRD the kids will cut out their heart compliments.  

FOURTH the kids can sign their name on the back of the heart compliments. We will also pass out blank hearts for the kids to make their own compliments.  The paper is red but the scan makes it look pink for some reason.
Small Hearts
Large Hearts

Now they're ready to fill each others buckets by selecting a compliment to place in their classmates' buckets.  Afterwards, they can look through the "drops in their buckets" that they received and read the compliments from their friends.  We will talk about how when you fill someone else's bucket, it makes you feel good and you end up filling your own bucket as well!

If you would like to purchase PDF copies of the "heart" files for $2 you can pay my PayPal account and I'll email them to you.

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Be sure to leave your email address and specify that you want the "heart files" in the comments too!  My turnaround time is 1-2 days :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

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