Thursday, February 9, 2012

My Favorite Valentine's Day Books and Activities

Valentine's Day Book Favorites
Here are just a few of my favorite books to celebrate Valentine's Day! Love, Splat (Splat the Cat), by Rob Scotton is my new favorite this year, along with Pinkalicious: Pink of Hearts, by Victoria Kann.  I just love how Splat gets so nervous around his one and only! Katz's flip book, Where Is Baby's Valentine?: A Lift-the-Flap Book is perfect for the REALLY little one in your life.   Diane de Groat's story, Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink (Gilbert and Friends) teaches a great lesson about ALWAYS being kind in your valentines.

Who are these for?  These are all great read a-louds for children ages 3 to 8.

Lesson Plans/Activities:
1.  Grab a box of heart candies for each of your children.  Sort them, graph them. Have fun!

  Candy Heart Sorting   Candy Heart Graphing
2.  Create a recipe for the best valentine ever!  Brainstorm all of the wonderful traits of a Valentine.  Encourage the use of phrases like a pinch of love, a serving of kindness, a sprinkle of happiness and a scoop of silly!

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