Valentine’s Class Gift Ideas

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Are you looking for some simple class Valentine ideas? I love simple ideas. Frankly, I don’t have time to be complicated. So here are a couple simple ideas for some Valentine gifts that kids will love! There are also links to some previous ideas we have shared that kids have loved including our popular Star Wars valentines!

“Sweet” Hersheys Bar Valentines Wrappers

We purchased a pack of card stock paper in purples and pinks. Then we handed out Hershey’s bars with our simple wrapper. To be honest, I’m not sure any of the candy bars made it home since all the kids were so excited to get a Hershey’s bar! We purchased the large box of Hershey’s bars at Costco.

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Download Sweet Candy Bar Wrapper

Candy wrappers print 2-up on a 8.5 x 11 sheet.

Pop Rocks Valentines

These were a big hit! Kids love Pop Rocks and this simple wrapper makes it a simple and fun Valentine. It is a little bit harder to find a large amount of Pop Rocks. I did these Valentine’s for my son and daughter’s class last year and I purchased a large box of three flavors of Pop Rocks on Amazon. That was cheaper than buying them all at a local store. Then I matched the paper color to the flavor. I used simple craft card stock for the paper.

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Download Pop Rock Wrapper Valentine

Pop Rock wrapper prints 4-up on a 8.5 x 11 sheet.

Here are some other favorite Valentines we have done. Each link has free downloads and details! Enjoy!

Lego Glow Stick Valentine

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Jake & the NeverLand Pirates Valentine

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Sofia the First Valentine

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Mickey’s Magical Math World and Disney’s Imagicademy

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Disney recently launched a new learning brand for parents and kids ages 3-8 called Disney’s Imagicademy. The app is Mickey’s Magical Math World and it is a wonderful new math game for preschoolers. My preschooler has been playing this game for two weeks and he loves it, truly. Mickey is his favorite and he loves interacting with characters and playing the games. The app has within it five different games that focus on a specific math topic for preschoolers.

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The premise (and the video at the beginning explains this) is that Mickey and his friends are traveling into outer space to help a space station that is having problems. So all the games have rockets or aliens or planets as part of their theme. It is a fun, space themed magical world! Mickey runs the rocket depot that designs and fixes rockets. My preschooler loves building rockets here – the ideas are endless.

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Some of the games involve shapes and counting. The games are very interactive for preschoolers, where they can touch and move almost anything. While as an adult, this was hard to understand, a preschooler thinks it is awesome getting to explore just about everything. And each game builds on concepts learned in other games so they are interconnected. This game in Mickey’s Shapes requires the child to use the wrench to turn the bolts until they are tight.

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Minnie’s game is Count Along and is set at a robot playground where everything can be played with and moved, and games require counting. Children can create and play with lots of robots.

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My preschooler says that Goofy’s Sorting is his favorite. The sorting actually increases in difficulty as the children progress. It isn’t just shapes but colors and symbols, as you can see below. When it is sorted correctly, the alien’s rocket pack will go off and they fly away. So cute!

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Donald’s game is adding and subtracting, and you have to launch the alien to wake up a sleeping Donald. It takes some problem solving skills as well. My favorite game is Daisy’s Problem Solving where you have to move the sleepy alien through the maze and collect “trash” in order to count by tens and put the alien to bed. It changes every time and requires kids to figure out how to collect all the sheep and trash. While it sound strange, it is actually lots of fun and a great brain game for kids.

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Along with Mickey’s Magical Math World, you can download the parent app Disney’s Imagicademy that has loads of great parent tools in it including games to play with kids, printables, crafts, and lots of fun ideas. It is great resource to spark some creativity for parents – what should we do today? What would kids like to know? I like how the feed changes with new ideas and themes each time. The one thing I have liked is the games you can play with your kids, at home or on the go. Some of the ideas would be great for waiting in line at a Disney Park! It also connects you with a community of parents and families that support and encourage children’s creativity and curiosity.

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You can link it to Mickey’s Magical Math World and it will show you what you child it doing during the game including the levels they unlock and robots they build. Then you can give them a virtual high five that opens on the game when they play.

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As a review of Mickey’s Magical Math World, I would say that the games are educational for preschoolers and the graphics are well done for an app. It holds my preschooler’s interest for a long time and he loves playing with it.

Both apps are free to download (see links below to download), but in order to unlock a lot of additional options in each game, you will have to make a purchase. They are upfront that there are in-game purchase options. My preschooler started playing the free app and pretty soon was asking for the unlocked items. Each game can be upgraded for $4.99. Or you can download the entire math pack for $19.99.

I do think it is a little pricey for an app. But I will say that the app has much more depth in content that most children’s apps. It is highly educational and I do think it has great value. It is priced a bit high. It also does use quite a bit of memory on an iPad as well as taking a bit of time for the games to load if you move from one to another. Once it is loaded, it runs very smoothly.

Mickey’s Magical Math World is only compatible with iPad (2nd generation or higher). Disney’s Imagicademy is compatible with both iPad and iPhone.

If you have a preschooler looking for some new fun this holiday break, try out the new Mickey’s Magical Math World app – link to the apps below.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Holiday TV Schedule

We have compiled all the holiday and Christmas TV specials and movies that start TONIGHT! We love watching all these fun classic movies as well as some new specials including Peter Pan Live! on NBC and a new Toy Story holiday short called “Toy Story That Time Forgot”. We have also compiled the new Disney Junior holiday episodes and some fun Disney Channel show episodes as well. If you click on the image below, it will take you to a printable image for you to reference for watching or recording.

Hope you enjoy all the fun holiday specials this season!

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Disney News & Updates

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Here is our round-up of Disney news at the parks and beyond!

Walt Disney World Resort

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‘Frozen’ Summer Fun at Hollywood Studios – starting July 5

  • Anna & Elsa Royal Welcome down Hollywood Boulevard including Kristoff, a horse-drawn sleigh, skaters and skiers and more!
  • Sing-Along Celebration inside the Premier Theater including Anna & Elsa
  • Olaf of Summer Vacation will be sharing his summer adventures as well a new Take-Along Olafs will be  available throughout the parks for you to share your photos with Olaf on social media. Tag your photos with #OlafSummerVacation and they may be selected for the day’s grand finale.
  • Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland will open inside Soundstage One. It will include activities and photo opportunities as well as a  play area for kids and ice skating demonstrations.
  • “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party at the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage, starting at 5:30 daily.
  • “Frozen” Fireworks Spectacular that starts at 9:45 pm – best viewed by the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage. Fireworks display set to the fabulous music of ‘Frozen’

New VIP Tours at Walt Disney World

  • The Ultimate Day of Thrills – A VIP Tour Experience
  • The Ultimate Day for Young Families – A VIP Tour Experience
  • Both tours are 6-7 hours long
  • Include a number of attractions at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom – the young families tour will offer attractions specifically for younger audiences
  • Meal at a Disney table-serve restaurant
  • Tours offered Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays and cost $299 per person. DVC Members, Disney Visa Cardholders and Annual Passholders receive a 15% discount.
  • For more information, call 407-WDW-TOUR

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Celebrating the 4th of July at Disney World? Here are the special attractions to look forward to:

  • Magic Kingdom will have a special fireworks display over Cinderella’s Castle at 9 pm on July 3rd and 4th.
  • Epcot with have a special concert of American songs by the Voices of Liberty at the American Gardens Theater. Special Disney characters in their favorite patriotic attire will be out for pictures outside The American Adventure pavilion. IllumiNations will have a special grand finale at 10pm.
  • Hollywood Studios with offer “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration” at the Sorcerer’s Hat Stage. Nighttime fireworks with include live band music at 10:15 pm.

Rock Your Summer Side – Dance party celebration at Hollywood Studios at the Sorcerer’s Hat Stage from 6:00-10:00 pm including a live band and your favorite Disney characters dressed for summer fun! There will also be a giant postcard set up for fun selfies and family photos.

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New pins are being released for BOTH parks this summer. If you are a pin collector or trader, there will be 250 new open edition pins at Disneyland, Disney World and Disney Cruise as well as new Aulani pins. They also recently released an Olaf pin!

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Cinderella’s Royal Table, the table-serve dining located within Cinderella’s castle at Magic Kingdom, will be closing for refurbishments from January 5, 2015 until March 6, 2015.

Monorail service at Disney World will be reduced for the summer due to construction and enhancement work. The new monorail schedule for the summer starting June 22 will be:

  • 8:30 am -midnight for MK Resort beam
  • 9:30 am -11:30 pm on the MK Express beam (MK to the TTC)
  • 9:00 am -11:00 pm on the Epcot beam

Friendships and additional buses will be available for guests. No end date on these time changes.

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Tinkerbell has moved from Adventureland to Main Street inside the Garden Theater. Pixie Hollow will be located there for meet and greets of your favorite pixie friends!

If you would like to book a vacation to Disney World, visit our friends at Destinations in Florida for a free quote for all the magic!

Disneyland Resort

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New ‘Frozen’ Pre-parade for Mickey’s Soundsational Parade! See Anna, Elsa and Olaf for Frozen fun at Disneyland!

Alice in Wonderland, which has been closed for extensive refurbishments and renovations, will be opening on July 4th! This is a favorite “dark” ride of ours, so we can’t wait to see how it has been renovated. Work was done on the exterior as well as the interior.

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Monorail, Matterhorn and Submarine Voyage celebrate 55 years at Disneyland! Disney Parks Blog published a wonderful history on these attractions and their dedication from 1959. Here is a link to their post:

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Nemo’s Submarine Voyage is currently closed for renovations and the opening date has been released: September 27th. In the fall, we can explore the seas with Nemo and friends again!

Celebrate the 4th at Disneyland! If you will be at Disneyland for the 4th of July, special events will include a special fireworks spectacular at 9:25 pm, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band performing before the ‘Frozen’ parade and the first performance of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, a patriotic pre-show for World of Color, and Glow with the Show for the World of Color Pre-show.

In 2015, Disneyland will be celebrating it’s 60th birthday! Get ready for lots of special events and magic next year at the park to celebrate! #Disneyland60

If you would like to book a vacation to Disneyland, visit our friends at Get Away Today, Disneyland specialists and get a quote today!

Current Disney Sweepstakes

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BeThe8thMiner is the newest sweepstakes with a Grand Prize of a 7-night Walt Disney World vacation for four! Different challenges each week and winners each week can win $500 and a Seven Dwarfs Mine Train trading pin.

Recreate the Magic – share your Disney World memories for a chance to win a trip to create new ones! Find a throwback photo from the 1970’s and 1980’s and submit to win!

Summer Disney Movies

Maleficent (PG) – now playing in theaters
Earth to Echo (PG) – opens July 2nd
Planes: Fire and Rescue (PG) – opens July 18th
Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) – opens August 1st (Marvel comics)

Upcoming Movies

Million Dollar Arm (PG) – October 7th
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Not Rated Yet) – October 10th

Disney Junior

This summer, Disney Junior launches their Pirates and Princess Summer again! Here is the scoop on the summer fun:

    • Visit the DisneyJunior website for fun new games and videos from Sofia and Jake.
    • New episodes all summer long including new characters with celebrity voices including “Supernanny” Jo Frost, Ginnifer Goodwin and Robert Morse
    • Mulan visits Sofia the First in a new episode releasing on August 15th
    • New Apps released through the WATCH Disney Junior app on June 20th at “Quest for the Four Swords” and “Sofia’s Enchanting Journey” – for Android users only.
    • New music video featuring Sofia and Jake (video will show on our website but not in emails)

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Disney Junior Live on Tour featuring the new Pirates and Princess Adventure show – touring the US this summer. Check the Disney Junior Live website to see locations and dates.


That’s our roundup for the summer! Lots of great things happening with Disney!

Sofia & Jake Valentines

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and with four kids having Valentine’s parties at school, we are busy with lots and lots of Valentine’s at our house! Since we are big Disney fans, our kindergartner wanted to have her favorite Disney princess for her Valentines. We thought it would be fun for each of her “princess” friends in class to get to make their own Sofia necklace for Valentine’s Day, so here are our Sofia valentines. Each bag includes an elastic band for stringing, and purple gems, pearl beads, and purple and white beads.

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Now most boys in class don’t want to make a sparkly, princess necklace so we came up with a fun Jake valentine for all the pirate fans! Each boy gets a treasure of gold chocolate coins and Hershey’s chocolate nuggets. We found the cute pirate coins at World Market. Here is our Jake valentine.

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If you want to make these cute Valentine’s for your child’s class, click on the picture below and download the FREE printable! We love to give out free printables for everyone, so please enjoy and share!

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