Let your children try one of the following ideas for making
| Glue red paper hearts onto paper doilies. Decorate
with such materials as lace, ribbons, paper scraps, stickers,
| Using paper punchers, make holes around the edges of
paper hearts to create a lacy effect. Add a sentiment,
such as "Be mine, Valentine."
|Fashion lacy backgrounds and decorate them with heart
stickers. To make each background, fold a piece of white
paper into fourths, make small V-shaped cuts around the
edges, then open the paper to reveal cut-out designs.
Make blank cards by folding pieces of construction paper
in half. Invite your children to decorate the cards using
one of the methods below.
|Dip heart-shaped cookie cutters into paint and
press them on the cards to make prints.
|Make heart prints using a variety of rubber stamps
plus washable inkpads.
|Print with heart shapes cut out of sponges and
dipped into tempera paint.
VALENTINE MATCHING GAME
Purchase a box of children's valentines that contains
several each of different designs. Make a gameboard by
gluing one valentine of each design onto a large poster
board square. Set out matching valentines for game cards.
To play, let your children take turns placing the game
cards on top of the matching valentines on the gameboard.
Use shoeboxes to make mailboxes and number them from 1
to 5. Collect 15 children's valentines and divide them
into sets of three. On the back of each card in one set,
attach one heart sticker; on the back of each card in
the second set, attach two heart stickers; on the back
of each card in the third set, attach three heart stickers;
and so on. Mix up the valentines. Then invite your children
to count the hearts on the backs of the cards and "mail"
them in the matching numbered mailboxes.
Collect five or six children's valentines with a different picture
on the front of each one. Cut each valentine in half vertically.
Mix up the valentine halves and place them in a pile. Then challenge
your children to fit the halves together to make whole valentines.
Select a number of children's valentines that contain different
designs. Glue strips of felt to the backs of the cards. Then
give the valentines to your children to play with on a flannel
board. Encourage them to make up stories as they do so.
HERE'S A HEART
Tune: "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
Here's a heart I made for you,
Trimmed with lace and ribbons, too.
This red heart is meant to say
I like you in every way.
Here's a heart for you from me,
'Cause you are my friend, you see.
Try one of the suggestions below for snacktime. Serve each child's
treat on a paper doily.
| Cut heart shapes out of bread slices with a cookie
cutter. Spread with a favorite sandwich filling.
| Bake heart-shaped cookies. Decorate them with red or
| Cut strawberries in half vertically. Spread cream cheese
on crackers and top each one with a half-strawberry "heart."