Wednesday, February 11, 2015

AKGVH Queen of Hearts Valentine Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of our AKGVH Queen of Hearts Valentine. If you missed part one, DIG the quick link:

When I owned and operated A Kinders Garten Preschool Program back in the '80's, we played The Queen of Hearts Game. As previously stated on one of my earlier blog posts, in those days, pictures of various activities were not taken on a regular basis. Special occasions, holidays, birthdays and the like, yes, but not on a daily basis as is done today. 

To play the game, choose one child to be the King or Queen of Hearts and one child to be the Court Fool. Drawing lots for larger groups or throwing dice for smaller groups is a good way to choose. Highest/longest  is King/Queen, lowest/shortest is the Court Fool. The other children are the knaves. 

The King/Queen must have a crown, we made this crown from the days of yesteryear:

As you can see, I changed the construction a bit using foam and colored gems. I also made it adjustable by placing velcro on the ends.

Due to the weight of the foam vs the weight of the embellishments, the crown we made does not stand up at the top like the one made from days gone by. But when placed on the child's head, you can center the top loops on the child's head. A girl with a top knot helps:

It also makes a DYNO deco:

I also put a strip of red velcro on the back to make it adjustable:

You can get our FREEBIE directions to make this crown by clicking on the following link:

Vintage Queen of Hearts Crown Craft

To make the scepter I first covered a wax paper, syran wrap or aluminum foil empty tube with foil. These tubes are thicker than paper towel tubes. I spray painted a styrofoam ball gold for the top of the scepter. When it dried, I glue gunned it on top of the foil covered tube. Then I embellished the scepter with red and white ribbons around the bottom, gold pipe cleaners and gems of various colors. I chose colors that caught the eye when placed on the background:

We played the game outside casually but really you play the game by having the King/Queen sit on a decorated throne. Covering an adult sized chair with aluminum foil, then embellished with fake gems makes for a regal throne. You can add yellow crepe streamers around the bottom for a fringe if you dig that scene.

Somewhat similar to musical chairs, you place large foam or clear contact covered or laminated construction paper or tagboard hearts scattered on the floor, one per knave.  

To begin the game, each knave must stand on a heart with the Court Fool somewhere in the middle. 

The King/Queen at their leisure, holds up the scepter and says, "All change hearts!" At the command, the knaves and Court Fool must change to "steal" the hearts. Whoever is unsuccessful at "stealing" a heart becomes the Court Fool.

We also played this game using our Queen of Hearts record introduced above. 

Since I do not have pictures of this game from yesteryear, today our queen was standing in the sandbox outside and at 1  1/2 years of age, our KaiaSue ruled the role in a MAJESTIC way:

Next we made some tarts using this vintage Tart Recipe:

We used Cherry Filling for the inside and added some to the icing. They sure came out YUMMY!!!

You can make our vintage Queen of Hearts Tarts with your babes using our FREEBIE recipe as shown above by clicking on the link below:

Vintage Queen of Hearts Tarts Recipe


We have a BODACIOUS Vintage Queen of Hearts Activity Resoruce Pack featuring 82 pages of AKGVH EXCLUSIVE vintage sequential teaching pictures, paper dolls & toys, games, Valentines both large for instructing and small to pass out, coloring and activity pages and MORE in our Teacher's Dojo Store: 

Vintage Queen of Heart Activity Pack Bundle

We also did some other activities from our FAV sites and blogs:

That wraps up our AKGVH Vintage Queen of Hearts Valentine Activities. We hope you were trippin'! We sure had fun with this unit and your babes will too!!

C.S. Calkins

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  1. It looks like you all had a blast! Thank you for sharing with us at Mommy Monday.

  2. Many thanks for stopping by and visiting our humble vintage ed blog! Thank you so much for hosting Mommy Monday for us!