Help Kids Make Valentine Cupcake and Cookie Poems!

“Let’s bake up some Valentine’s Day cupcake poems!” Cupcake shapes provide space for students to write.

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers!

Here’s an attention-grabbing way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year…

Make Valentine Cupcake and Cookie Poems!

Valentine Cupcakes Bakin’ Up – Ask your class this: “Who wants a cupcake?”

When hands fly, announce that the edible ones are coming later, but that you’ve opened up your “Valentine  Bakery” to bake up treats full of poetry!

Quick, easy, and fun to make, cupcake poems are a great way to help students develop creative language arts skills.

Kids can complete them in 1 – 2 – 3…

1)  Distribute cupcake shapes printed on copy paper. Note: Packages of cupcake shapes are available in teacher supply, craft and dollar stores. Glue 2 – 4 cupcake cutouts on a sheet for your master.

Students make Valentine cupcake poems by writing couplets that fit inside the cupcake shapes.

Explain that Valentine’s Day is the theme for the class’ cupcake poems.

2) Instruct students to compose first drafts of their cupcake poems on notebook paper.

The poems need to be short to fit inside the cupcake shapes. That’s why couplet poems work best for Valentine cupcakes.

As you likely know, couplet poems are written in two lines with ending words that rhyme with each other.

Use the following examples in your Valentine Bakery…

Candy treats/Valentine sweets            Loving fun/February sun

Conversation hearts/Cupid sends darts

3) Ask kids to to rewrite their finished work using their best handwriting inside their cupcake shapes.

Valentine Cookie Poems Coming Up…

Valentine cookie shapes are perfect for writing Haiku poems inside.

Make Valentine Cookies with Haiku Poems – Begin this activity by showing the class your master of Valentine cookie shapes.

Review how to write Haiku – a poem with only three lines:

Following the English language tradition based on Haiku’s ancient Japanese origins, a poet composes the first and third lines of each Haiku with just five syllables.

The poet writes the second line with seven syllables.

Use the following examples in your Valentine Bakery…

Valentine’s Day now

Friends give cards to each other

Happy hearts abound


Conversation Hearts

Messages for laughs and fun

Valentine’s Day smiles

Valentine desserts done before pizza? Why Not!

Listen for laughter when you announce that your Valentine Bakery doesn’t just make cupcakes and cookies; pizza can be ordered too.

Time to Cook Up Pizza Poems – Carry the bakery theme forward with another language arts activity that kids love.

Surprise the class with time to “cook up” pizza poems.

Follow the basic steps for writing Cupcake poems, but distribute sheets of paper with pizza slice shapes printed on them.

Put Pizza poems on the writing menu in your Classroom Cafe. Students love them!

Put pizza poems on the writing menu in your Valentine Bakery. Students love them!

Instruct students to write their finished pizza poems inside the pizza slice shapes.

Kids have a big heart, not just on Valentine’s Day but any time, for “crazy fun” ways to develop core skills, like expressive communication through poetry writing.

Like cooking, writing, is a process.

Opening up a Bakery to make Valentine cupcake, cookie and pizza poems helps kids understand that poetry writing involves a sequence of steps:

  • Choose a focus for a poem.
  • Write a first draft.
  • Rewrite edited work in a style that fits the format available
  • Review the finished work to be sure that it is attractive and easy to read.

Please send comments on how you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your students.

Remember, you don’t need to be a magician to work magic in any instructional setting!

Talk with you again soon,

Barbara The Lovable Poet

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