Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hearts and Love

Next week's theme is all about hearts and love!

Book Suggestions:
Hear your Heart by Paul Showers
Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
The I Love You Book by Todd Parr
The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
Valentine's Day by Kathryn A. Imler
My First Valentine's Day by Kingfisher Staff
Valentine's Day Fun by Penguin Group

Activities:

Sort Hearts:
Materials: paper hearts or candy hearts
Description: Give your toddler several paper hearts of different colors or a handful of candy hearts. Help your toddler sort the hearts by color. Count each group of hearts. Talk about what group has the most and which one has the least.

Skills Targeted: sorting, color recognition, counting, shape recognition



Heart Wreath:
Materials: Paper plate, paper hearts of different colors and sizes, glue
Description: Cut out the inside of a paper plate. Give your toddler a variety of paper hearts to glue around the paper plate. Hang the heart wreath on your childs door and talk about it as you go in and out of their room. (count the hearts, or name the colors)
Skills Targeted: shape recognition, motor skill development, counting, color recogntion
Stamp Hearts:
Materials: sponge, scissors, paint, paper
Description: Prior to doing this activity with your child, cut a sponge into the shape of a heart. Talk about what the shape of a heart looks like with your child. Attach a clothes pin to the back of the sponge for your child to use as a handle. Have your little one dip the sponge into paint and make heart prints on their paper. Use different colors and you can talk about colors while doing this activity too.
Skills Targeted: color recogntion, shape recogntion, motor skill development
Words of Love:
Materials: paper, pen
Description: Talk about love with your child. When we love others we are nice to them. Ask your child to tell you someone that they love. Together make a list of nice words about that person. Write the words down for your child and hang it on the refrigerator and read it throughout the week.




Skills Targeted: understand feelings, letter recognition, develop kindness, pre-reading skill development Heart Animals:
Materials: Hearts of all sizes, glue
Description: You and your toddler can create different animals together using a variety of heart shapes. Use a large heart for the animals head, and smaller hearts for the animal's ears, eyes, nose and mouth. Your toddler can add details such a whiskers and googly eyes. Some easy animals to create are bears, dogs, and tigers. You can also create a butterfly by glueing the bottom tip of two hearts together to make wings. Add antennas to make your butterfly more realistic.




Skills Targeted: color recogntion, shape recogntion, motor skill development, enhance creativity and imagination

Who do I love:
Materials: pictures of everyone important in your child's life, a large heart shape piece of paper.
Description: Talk with your child about the important people in their life and why your toddler loves them. Show your child pictures of these people. You and your toddler can create a "Who I love" poster by glueing these pictures onto a large heart shaped piece of paper. Hang this poster on your refrigerator or on your child's door and whenever you pass it talk about the people that you love.
Skills Targeted: understanding feelings, recognize people you love, shape recogntion




Heart Hunt:
Materials: construction paper, basket
Description: Cut out several hearts in different colors and sizes from construction paper. Hide them around your living room and have your child go on a heart hunt. They can find and collect the hearts and put them in a basket. Count the hearts with your child when they find them all.
Skills Targeted: shape recogntion, color recognition, counting Hand Hearts:

Materials: paper, paint, paint brush
Description: Have your toddler make two fists. Paint both fists, on the pinky side. Stamp your toddlers hands down a piece of paper
Skills Targeted: shape recogntion, sensory development, color recogntion


Heart Counting:
Materials: egg carton, candy hearts
Description: Prior to doing this activity write different numbers in each compartment of the egg carton. Use simple numbers that your toddler will recognize (1-10). Give them a pile of candy hearts and together you and your little one can put the correct number of candy hearts in each compartment. For example: If the number is 3, count out 3 candy hearts to put in that compartment. If you toddler is not ready to recognize and read numbers tell them each number and count with them.
Skills Targeted: counting, number recognition, one to one correspondence
Heart Collage:
Materials: hearts of all sizes, glue, paper
Description: Cut out a variety of hearts from different color construction paper, newspaper, wax paper, aluminum foil etc. Give all the different hearts to your child. Have them make a collage by glueing the hearts onto a piece of paper. Count the hearts with your child and talk about their colors.
Skills Targeted: shape recogntion, color recogntion
Lace a Heart:
Materials: Large heart cut from cardstock or other thick paper, hole punch, shoe string
Description: Lacing is a great way for kids to practice their fine motor skills. You can create your own lacing activity for you toddler by cutting a large heart out of cardstock or other thick paper. Punch holes, using a hold punch, around the outside of the heart. (don't punch too close to the edge). Have your toddler lace a shoe string in and out of each hole until they have laced the entire heart. You can do this over and over again, or tie the ends into a bow and let your toddler decorate it and give to someone as a Valentine.
Skills Targeted: shape recognition, motor skill development


Heart Flowers:
Materials: construction paper, glue, scissors
Description: Cut out several hearts from construction paper. Help your toddler glue the hearts together to create a flower. Add a green stem and leaves using crayons or markers. Talk about the shape and color of the hearts.
Skills Targeted: shape recognition, color recognition, enhance creativity and imagination


Songs and Fingerplays:



10 Little Hearts:
1 little 2 little 3 little hearts
4 little 5 little 6 little hearts
7 little 8 little 9 little hearts
10 little hearts in my hand.


Give you child small paper or candy hearts as you sing this song.



Love Somebody:

Love Somebody yes I do.
Love Somebody yes I do.
Love somebody yes I do.
Love somebody but I wont tell who.

Love somebody yes I do.
Love somebody yes I do.
Love somebody yes I do.
Love somebody and it is you!




If you Love Me:
(sung to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It)

If you love me and you know it, give a hug.
If you love me and you know it, give a hug.
If you love me and you know it,
then you will surely show it,
If you love me and your know it, give a hug.



If you love me and you know it, give a kiss.
If you love me and you know it, give a kiss.
If you love me and you know it,
then you will surely show it,
If you love me and you know it, give a kiss.



If you love me and you know it, give high a five.
If you love me and you know it, give high a five.
If you love me and you know it,
then you will surely show it,
If you love me and you know it, give high a five.




Online Fun:


Coloring:
Visit www.coloring.ws for free printable coloring pages all about hearts and Valentine's Day.


Videos:
Visit Sesame Street to watch videos all about hearts and love.


Recipes and Snacks:

Heart Cookies:

Ingredients:
cookies dough
heart shaped cookie cutters
icing
sprinkles
candy hearts
pink or red M&Ms

Make cookie dough according to packaging directions. Roll out dough and cut into heart shapes using a heart shaped cookie cutter. (You will need to sprinkle flour on the surface where you are cutting the cookies so that the dough will not stick) Bake the cookies. When they are finished, let your toddler decorate the cookies by adding icing, sprinkles, candy hearts, pink or red M&Ms and any other topping that you would like.

Flower Lollipops:
Check out Family Fun for directions to make your own adorable flower lollipops.

Pancakes:
Make heart shaped pancakes for you toddler as a breakfast treat. Simply make the pancakes and cut them with a heart shaped cookie cutter.

Pizza:
Make homemade pizza dough into a heart shape and let your toddler help you add all the toppings. They will love the pizza even more because it looks like a heart and they got to help make it. (As if they need another reason to love pizza, right!)

Edible Heart Necklace:
Check out All Recipes for an awesome edible heart necklace.

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