Fun For Your Favorite Valentine
There are so many fun activities to do to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your child. Crafts, healthy treats, books, songs and more. You can incorporate learning into everything you do with your child in preparation for the big day.
Young children need to master some basic skills before entering kindergarten. Cutting with safety scissors and threading items with string are just two activities that develop hand-eye coordination and improve fine motor skills. Here are two craft ideas that can help your child hone in those skills.
- Paper heart palooza: Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Draw a half heart starting and ending at the fold. Let you child cut along the line with children’s scissors and watch her delight when she opens up her Valentine heart. Decorate with markers, glitter, paint and tons of young imagination.
- Threading a heart: With a piece of card stock (or any thick paper, such as the back of a cereal box), punch holes in the shape of a heart. With a shoe lace, show your child how to thread the string in and out of the holes. Finish the project with colorful Valentine’s decorations. Note: you can use a finer series of holes and embroidery thread with a blunt tapestry needle for a more challenging project for older children.
Valentine’s treats don’t have to be sugary and unhealthy. And a heart-shaped cookie cutter can be your best friend.
Make your child’s grilled cheese sandwiches extra special. Cut the bread and cheese with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Grill or toast as you do regularly. For an extra Valentine surprise, float the heart sandwich on a bowl of tomato soup.
Add a little dinner-time love with Valentine potatoes. Peel and slice whole potatoes about ½-inch thick. With your cookie cutter, cut the potato slices into hearts. Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and bake for 20 minutes at 425 °F. You can broil the potatoes for the last five minutes for a crunchy finish. Sprinkle lightly with grated cheese and serve.
Singing is a wonderful way to engage your child’s brain and make positive strides toward the 30,000 words-a-day goal. Websites such as Songs for Teaching are wonderful sources for Valentine’s Day songs that you and your child can enjoy.
Read With Your Love
Check with your local library for Valentine’s Day story time for children. The library may also have a good selection of children’s book about the occasion. Here are a few suggestions:
Where is Baby’s Valentine?
Baby made a valentine for Mommy. Where could it be? Is it behind the lamp? No, those are pretty, sparkly flowers! It’s a shiny, glittering delight as you lift the sturdy flaps to help Baby find her very special valentine.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!
Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he celebrates Valentine’s Day with all the friends he loves.
Llama Llama I Love You
In Llama Llama I Love You, little llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. What could be sweeter than Llama Llama on Valentine’s Day?
I Love You All the Same
Three adorable bear cubs learn that even though they are very different, Mama and Papa love them all the same!