Step 15: Part III: How to play “Operation Valentine”

This game can be played with one or more players.
To play, take turns trying to use the tweezers to extract a heart candy from the heart opening in the box.
If the light bulb lights up, it is the next player’s turn.
If you successfully pull out a heart candy, you are rewarded by getting to eat it!

Beginning readers can use this game to learn to read the words on the hearts.

Amazing and so simple. Who would have guessed the light bulbs would work with 9 volts?
And most people have a strand of lights that won't work when plugged in! It is such an inexpensive way to play with circuits! There is also so much usable insulated wire on each strand of lights.
Thank you for sharing this simple yet highly engaging and creative project. Using old xmas lights is genius! I'm interested in trying something like this in my own class. How could the prep time for this project be reduced, especially cutting out the boxes? Is there any step that you find students tend to need extra help? Thanks again!
I also find that putting kids in pairs to help attach and tape the wires to the battery helps. Sometimes 4 hands are better than 2! Also, for troubleshooting, two brains are better than one. This also makes the students more responsible for their projects rather than asking the teacher for help. Another suggestion is to ask a couple of parents to volunteer to operate a "help desk" or a roving "geek squad" where the students check their connections and get help with troubleshooting.
For a class of 12 students, it takes me a total of one hour to do all of the prep steps for all 12 projects. All wire cutting and stripping is done together, all wire hearts are bent at once, etc. This all-at-one-time prep approach is most time conserving for cutting the heart opening in the boxes. The most difficult and important step is making sure the holes in the notches around the heat opening are positioned correctly so that the paper fasteners and the paperclip heart fit properly.
<p>Oh my gosh, this is too cute. I have a youngster that's interested in electric projects, and this looks like a safe project for him to learn more with minimal risk. I'll have to give this a shot this weekend, I'm sure he'd love to make one :) www.trelectricltd.com</p>
<p>This might be too hard for the students, as the box is so small, but I might try it with the cereal box variation. This was pretty easy. Only took me about half an hour, and that is only because I didn't have the instructions hand when I made it, and I had to do it from memory (and mine isn't so sharp!). </p>
I started this project with my instructables club yesterday. we made a few changes though. we used tin foil instead of a paper clip and talked about conductors and insulators. We also used coin batteries instead because the 9volt was frying my lights. It is a very popular project to participate in.
<p>This is awesome!!! I think my Instructables club needs to try this one</p>
So cute
Thank you! It always brings a smile to everyone.
Truly inspired an inspiring!
Wow! Thanks so much!
Great project! And not just for kids either :)<br>Have a question: Are the paper fasteners just there to hold the heart in place?
The paperfasteners are there to hold the heart in place and to cover the sharp ends on the paperclip heart. However, they conduct electricity and make the game a little more challenging. :)
Ok, good, since I can't find any of those, so I was just thinking of connecting it up with thread or something :)
The paper fastener also covers the sharp ends of the paperclip that are at the top if the heart. I'm not sure of a replacement that will conduct electricity and cover the sharp ends.
This is an AMAZINGLY creative idea. I love it. My favorite thing about it is that it is SUPER cheap. That's what I'm all about. It's an added bonus that it's educational too!
Thanks! Cheap and easy are my criteria for good projects. I do not have the time or the $ to indulge in difficult projects.
This is such an awesome creative project! I think I need to make this for my boyfriend for Valentines Day!
Boys of all ages seem to love it! Most of them are very tempted to undo the box to see how it works.

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