When I want to put my class in a group quickly, like for the Valentine song lesson I wrote about in my previous post, I use decorated tongue depressors. Tongue depressors can be handed out quickly, are sturdy, and come in a variety of decorations that will enhance themes or lessons. I have a set of jungle print ones that I love. A way to put your class in groups in February is using valentines. Cut Valentines in 2 pieces. Cut should be like a puzzle piece. I like to use pinking shears or fancy edged scissors to make it more interesting. Put all the pieces in a bucket or bowl. Students draw out one piece and find their "missing piece". This method takes more time, but it is very fun and brings a touch of seasonal fun to any lesson!