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Parallel Lines Math Valentines with Pixy Stix

Today I passed out my Parallel Lines Math Valentines that I made for my students with pixy stix.

parallel lines math valentine.

I found the card online via Pinterest.  You can download your own copy of the card at love2learn2day.  I downsized them to be closer to the size of a typical valentine.  

math valentines with pixy stix pixie sticks

Thanks to my paper chopper, I was able to put these cards together for my students in a relatively short amount of time.

math valentines with pixy stix pixie sticks

I taped on the Pixy Sticks, and the cards were ready to hand out to my students.  I had to go to three different stores to buy Pixy Sticks.  

First, I went to my local Wal-Mart.  No Pixy Sticks.  I decided that must be because I live in the middle of nowhere.  

So, I went to another Wal-Mart.  Again, no Pixy Sticks.  

Finally, I found them at Dollar General.  I guess Pixy Sticks aren’t as popular as they once were…  

math valentines with pixy stix pixie sticks

The most common response?  “Oh my goodness!  Ms. Hagan, you would give us a mathematical valentine!”  Quite a few laughed.  

Another popular response: “Will I get my phone taken away if I get it out to take a picture of this?”

Most were just excited about the candy.

We’re not going to talk about how one of my students decided to snort a pixy stick today during class.  I think he learned his lesson.  He ran out of class, almost crying.  

When he did return from the bathroom, he was in so much pain that he could barely focus on the day’s lesson.

heart with statistics normal curve on top.


Looking for more Valentine’s Day math teaching resources? This activity is featured in my collection of Valentine’s Day Math Activities and Puzzles. You’ll find 29 more creative ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day with your math students.

Jessica Mayer

Sunday 31st of May 2015

I'm not going to lie, 15 years ago when I was a teenager, me and most of my friends also snorted pixie stix... But it is something you only do once!

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Tuesday 2nd of June 2015



Sunday 23rd of February 2014

I love the valentine idea! I also gave pixie sticks out to my classes (sans the valentine), and had the same experience in every class......someone trying to snort the candy. Guess teenagers are the same no matter where you are in the country :)


Wednesday 19th of February 2014

I'm so excited to read your post... I'm the one who made the parallel lines cards! Can I share your photo and student comments with my blog readers? I'll link to your post! ;) Warmly, Cindy

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