Monday, February 9, 2009

February 9-13: Valentines, Hearts and Love

This week is all about L-O-V-E. :) As Valentines comes this weekend, we will be talking all about love and valentines day. Obviously a great time to also add emphasis to the heart shape and color red (or pink!).

Books: Where Is Baby's Valentine by Karen Katz, Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boyton, How Do I Love You by Leslie Kimmelman, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Froggy's First Kiss by Jonathan London

Song: Although I actually very much dislike the big purple dinosaur (and my son has never seen this show) my selection is the Barney Song. Because it's lyrics are simple, and kids seem to love it and I think it conveys the idea of "love", especially from a family perspective (which is what we want to teach our children on valentine's day!).
I love you
You love me
We're a happy family
With a great big hug
And a kiss from me to you
Won't you say you love me too?

Art/Craft Activities this week:
Heart Collage, Handprint heart, Making Valentine's Cards, Heart Wreath, Love Bugs, Plaster Hand print

Helpful sites:

Heart Shaped Pattern
Chocolate Play-doh recipe
Valentines Matching Flip Book- really cute make at home book that helps your child with matching skills and colors
Valentines Numbers-This is intended to be used for making a card. But I thought you could creatively use the numbers for different activities. One thing I thought of for older kids would be cutting the nubers out and having the kids count out and put that number of conversation hearts onto the correct cards. At the end they could have them for a treat. :)

If anyone has other ideas about this theme or any theme or if you did something differently, please always feel free to leave a comment! Any other ideas are welcomed!