In this rhyming counting book, Mister Mouse goes house to house distributing valentines to his animal friends ("Three big badgers, whistling a tune,/ Open the door and get a balloon). Each house has one more inhabitant than the last.
Mama Fox wants this Valentine’s Day to be a special one, so she sets her for cubs to making cards for each other, while she bakes a valentine cake for supper. But one thing after another goes wrong, soon it’s late and nothing is ready. Disaster looms, until Little Dilly fox wakes up—and saves the day. (There is a cake recipe included in the back that is really yummy!!!)
Heart to Heart by George Shannon
Oh no! It's Valentine's Day and Squirrel forgot to get a card for his best friend, Mole. Run for paper, glitter, lace, and lights! But as he searches for the scissors, Squirrel discovers much more and makes Mole a gift that only Squirrel could create.
Valentine Surprise by Corinne Demas
It’s only a week until Valentine’s Day, and Lily wants to make the perfect heart-shaped valentine for Mommy. But every time she cuts out a heart, it’s either too pointy, too round, or too skinny. As the days go by, Lily tries again and again, and when Valentine’s Day finally arrives, she has a heart for each day of the week! Which one will be the perfect valentine surprise for Mommy?
Queen of Hearts by Mary Engelbreit
Ann Estelle is so busy creating the most beautiful Valentine mailbox in class, she forgets to make cards for her classmates.
Idea #1: Wax Paper Hearts
Read one of the books and then make some colorful hearts to decorate a window.
You will need: wax paper, crayons, pencil sharpener, old cereal box, newspaper, scissors, iron and ironing board, and some string.
The first step is to make a bunch of crayon shavings using some old crayons and a handheld pencil sharpener. (Depending on the age of your child, you may want to do this part in advance).
(In the photo, our shavings were sprinkled a little too thick in the middle of our wax paper. It works better if you sprinkle the crayons sparsely, without getting too close to the edge of the wax paper.)
This is how it will look when the shavings are melted. Set the wax paper aside to let the melted crayon cool for a minute or two.
While the melted crayon is cooling, grab your cereal box and cut out two sizes of heart shapes to use as stencils.
Have your child cut out the hearts, punch a whole in the top, and then tie on a string.
Idea #3: Heart Math Game
You will also need uncooked beans to use as markers, or small scrapes of colored paper etc...