Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Valentine's Day/Love

Book Ideas: I love you because you’re you by Liza Baker
"Describes, in rhyming text and illustrations, a mother's love for her child no matter how he feels or what he does. Reassuring quatrains ("I love you when you're sad/ and need a kiss and hug./ I love you when you're playful/ and rolling on the rug") convey her unconditional love."

If you’ll be my valentine by Cynthia Rylant
"A young boy makes valentines for those who are special to him: his dog, his cat, his grandmother and other family members, his teddy bear, and even the bird who sings outside his window."

Mama, Do you Love Me? By Barbara M. Joosse
"Mama, do you love me? Yes I do Dear One. How much? In this universal story, a child tests the limits of independence and comfortingly learns that a parent's love is unconditional and everlasting."

My Love for You by Susan L. Roth
"In this wildly popular board book edition of Susan Roth's successful counting book, two mice walk together-and find that their love is bigger than 1 bear, taller than 2 giraffes, and larger than 3 blue whales. As they journey from 1 to 10, they discover that their love is greater than anything they can imagine."

I Love You More by Laura Duksta
"This cleverly conceived flip story, which ends in the middle and starts from either side, will show you what love looks like from both a child and a parent's perspective. With a simple, touching story, rhyme and rhythm, and vibrant child-like illustrations, this book will be treasured by anyone who has ever said "I love you" and heard the best response in the world: 'I LOVE YOU MORE'."

Guess How Much I Love You by Same Mc Bratney
"During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more."

Activity Ideas:
Idea #1: Paper Plate Valentine Holder
Read one of the stories and discuss the idea of Valentine's Day being a special day to show friends and family how much we love them. Then, make a paper plate valentine holder for each member of the family so you can leave "love notes" or special treats inside for each other, leading up to or on valentine's day.

You will need 1 full sized paper plate and one paper plate cut in half.

Turn the half plate over so back of the plate is facing the top. Set on top of the full-sized plate. Holding the two plate together, punch holes around the edges where the plates meet.

Wrap some tape around the end of a long piece of string. This will make it easier for your child to push and pull it through the holes.

Put the string through the first hole and tie a double knot to secure it. Then, helping your child hold the plates together, let them practice their fine motor skills by lacing the string in and out of the holes.

Knot the string on the other end and trim.

Then decorate the plate with stickers, ribbon, rubber stamps, glitter pens, doilies (whatever you have on hand). Punch a hole at the top and tie on a string for hanging.

Idea #2: "The People I love..." Book

Read one of the stories and discuss the idea of Valentine's Day being a special day to show friends and family how much we love them. Make this homemade predictable, beginning reader book. All you need is some colored paper, stapler, marker, and some old, extra photos of family members and close friends.

Staple colored paper together to make a book. Title the front: "The People I love...".

Let your child glue the photos at the top of each blank page, in any order they want. Then go back and label the photos with the words: "I love _______". See photos below for more page examples.

Let your child practice "reading" their books over and over, showing all the people they love.

Idea #3: Make homemade Valentine Cards
Read one of the stories and discuss the idea of Valentine's Day being a special day to show friends and family how much we love them. Make homemade valentine cards for friends and family. Use whatever you have on hand: Stickers, doilies, felt, paper, rubber stamps, paint, glitter etc....Be creative and have fun!
Here is a list of ideas in making cards with cute sayings (You can print off the specific clipart and then let your child color it and glue it on colored paper):
Monkey- I go bananas over you!
Car- I never "tire" of your friendship!
Bear- You are beary cool!
Toad- You are "toad"ally awesome!
Lion- You are Grrrreat! No Lion!
Fish- I'm "hooked" on you!
Clown- No clown'in around, you're cool!
Cat- You're Purrrrfect!
Airplane- I'd fly high for you!
Rabbit- Some bunny loves you!

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