I LOVE holidays! A few weeks ago, I shared some great homemade Valentine ideas, and today I wanted to share with you a few great books, and some simple crafts you can do with your kids to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Spending quality time learning and creating with your kids is one of the greatest acts of love a parent can show their child…and isn’t showing and sharing love what Valentine’s Day is all about?
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” ~Emilie Buchwald
Holidays and special occasions are the perfect time (I think any day is the perfect time!) to share a story with your child. Snuggle up with a picture book or two, and spend an afternoon together. Talk about the stories. Wonder aloud. Ask questions. Invite and welcome their natural curiosity. Linger over the illustrations. Soak in the words. Develop your child as a reader….that’s about the best valentine’s gift of all!
Many people view crafts as merely a leisure activity. However, kids are gaining valuable skills while crafting (as well as creating life-long memories with you! Some of the best learning happens around experiences. So get out there and create with your kiddos!
The Lesson Plan Diva shares this great print-out that you can use to make a cute butterfly with heart wings. You can use these crafts to teach compound words, synonyms, antonyms,Upper and lower case letters, etc. Be imaginative!
Kaboose shares the directions to make this adorable conversation heart wreath. Have fun coming up with sayings to write on your hearts. This is a GREAT activity for emergent readers and writers to gain practice in a non-threatening way. Don’t be surprised when you see many of these words and phrases they work hard to copy, start to show up in their daily writing! Writing is contagious! (In a WONDEFUL way!)
Yes, I have a thing for handprint art! I love art that marks the place in time. This project from Kaboose would be a great way to create a piece that includes each of your children. Perhaps create a special valentine for Daddy or a grandparent!
Kids Activities Blog shares this printable cypher for creating a top-secret message for you kiddo. While it’s not really a craft, this is a SUPER way to show your love for your child, while getting them excited about writing and thinking! I had to throw it in the mix. Write a secret valentine for them to unlock using their super spy abilities! What a fun idea! This activity helps develop logic and focus! (Great for teaching kids who need extra help on working through a task to completion.)
The kids and I had a blast a few years ago creating these recycled heart crayons. These are easy to make, and a GREAT way to recycle your broken crayons! Place a few of these heart crayons in a cellophane bag, tie with a ribbon, and voila! Crayon valentines!
Have fun learning, crafting, creating, and sharing with the ones you love this Valentine’s Day!
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