Bouquet of Hearts
Who doesn’t love flowers? This bouquet of hearts custom made by your very favorite little artist just for you! Valentine’s Day is a great time to reinforce learning about heart shapes too!
- Gather your materials. You will need some card stock or stiff paper, markers or crayons, pipe cleaners, and scissors.
- Start by drawing a heart on the cardstock, then, cut it out and use it as the template to draw more on the other cardstock. You can simply draw the hearts individually too. If your child is able, have them draw the hearts!
- Have your child color the hearts.We chose other red and pink colors for drawing but any color marker or crayon will work!
- Make 3 small holes with sharp scissors or a very small hole punch in the heart.
- Thread the pipe cleaner through. This is great for fine motor development, but really little hands will need help. The pipe cleaner should have some extra after being threaded through and you will bend that to secure it.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each heart.
- Older children can write messages in black pen on the heart or you can have your child dictate a valentines message for the recipient
- Tie a pretty bow around your bouquet of hearts and give it to someone you love!
” Valentine Friends” by April Jones Prince is a great book for toddlers who have just made some valentines or are just about to. The text is as simple as it gets, explaining one simple step of a valentine’s day art project on each page. The first letter of the action matches the first letter of the animal doing the action . My son liked pointing out the art supplies, animals and sat well for the whole book which isn’t always the case. Cute book for the very young!
” Who Do You Love? “ by Martin Waddell has a cute concept and the cats on the cover grabbed my attention. The book I got from the library was in board book form and I was a little disappointed when it had as much text on each page, my wiggly man shut it on the 2nd page and insisted on a book about school buses instead. When I grabbed it later, he sat back down to look at some of the pages but the story didn’t grab him.
In the story, a cat and a kitten are playing a “Who do you love?” game, listing all the cats the kitten loves before bed. It’s very sweet. The part where the kitten says that she loves the cat she met in the woods yesterday gave me the heeby geebies, though. I understand it’s supposed to be funny that the kitten lists this stranger and hasn’t said her mama yet, but it just came across as creepy. I would just skip that line if I read it again.