Valentine’s Day Drinks

I have a fun activity today that Mrs. Karle loved to do in her classroom.  It is fun, it is educational, it is delicious.  Depending on which recipe you use, it may even be nutritious.  And, best of all, it is a red drink! We have a few variations of thisValentine’s Day Drinks your child will love…one that is a healthier option but both are delicious! Here are a few of our favorite Valentine Day books for children to go along with this fun ‘snack.

The Biggest Valentine EverThe Biggest Valentine EverPete the Cat: Valentine's Day Is CoolPete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is CoolThere Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose!There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose!


Valentine's Day drink your kids will love, and a fun lesson to go with it!

We love to use this recipe to teach the letter Ss.  I have a healthy recipe, and a not so healthy recipe.   The lesson can be modified, in either case, to teaching the letter Ss.  We like to call this recipe…

Sipping Strawberry Sodas with a Straw


Strawberry Crush Soda
Vanilla Ice Cream

1)  Add vanilla ice cream to a glass
2)  Fill glass with Strawberry Crush soda
3)  Enjoy using your straw and spoon!
Alternative Healthier recipe – blend strawberries, sugar and ice in a blender, and enjoy!

Crush Soda, 12 Fl Oz 12 Cans (Pack of 2) (Strawberry)Crush Soda, 12 Fl Oz 12 Cans (Pack of 2) (Strawberry)


How to Teach the Letter S with this Activity 

As you can see, many of the ingredients start with the letter S.  Have your child come over and have her find everything.  When you ask her to find the spoon, emphasize the SSSS sound.  SSSSSSpoon.  SSSSStraw, SSSStrawberry SSSSoda.

When you open the soda, tell them to listen for the S sound.  Be very quiet because it is quick and quiet.  Ssss.  (The sound that happens as the carbonation escapes from the soda bottle as you open it).  Then, as you add the soda to the ice cream, the soda will ‘sizzle’.  The children love to see the soda ‘sizzle’ when added to the ice cream….  they can hear and say the letter ‘Ss’ sound right along with the sizzling soda!  Have your child say sssss with the sizzling soda.

Then, hand out the sssstraws.  Have fun sipping soda with a straw!  SSSSssssss.

This healthier recipe does not sizzle and make the Ss sound as much, but – it certainly is a fun activity and fun drink.  As the blender blends the drink, have your child make the sssss sound along with the blender.


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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound ReadingMrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.


  1. Kristina @ School Time Snippets says:

    Love how you showed this activity can be used to teach the /s/ sound! Fun! My kiddos would love it!

    1. It is soooo much fun to have the bottle of soda make the sss sound. Kids get a big kick out of that. 🙂

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