Valentine’s day is just around the corner! Beyond the hearts, chocolates, cards and candy, it’s a wonderful way to encourage children to reach out to the people they love and care about, by sharing a fun game they made themselves.
There are lots of ways to express love and appreciation, but if you’re a teacher or parent looking for a unique (and “green”) way for children to celebrate the message of love and friendship, encourage them to customize and share Tynker’s new Valentine’s Day interactive card with the special people in their lives.
Here is a starting template…
To get started —
1. Click on the remix link and sign in to your Tynker account to save a copy of the project (teachers can save this project in their account and assign the project as a lesson for the whole class).
2. Let your kids follow the tutorial and improve and personalize the game. They can customize the graphics, music, text and gameplay, add new scenes, or create a completely new game using the existing code as a starting point (see below).
3. Make it social! Assign each child a special “Valentine” to create a personalized greeting card for, or encourage them to collaborate and work in pairs. Kids will have fun working together and interviewing each other to learn about their specific likes and interests.
4. When you are done, don’t forget to publish your class showcase and share it with the world. Parents, you can publish your child’s project to a private link that can be sent to family and friends.
Whether you’re creating with code or cutting out paper hearts, the important thing is to celebrate the spirit of Valentine’s Day and inspire our kids to be creative and imaginative, and express their appreciation for others!