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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day... Almost!

In honor of Valentine's Day, here are some activities to do with your little Valentine.

Check out these Valentine’s Day Rhymes. See if your child can guess the rhyming word (from

A Valentine’s color that rhymes with bed.
A Valentine’s color that rhymes with sink.

Something you give that rhymes with lift.
Something you give that rhymes with yard.
What cupid shoots that rhymes with go.
An emotion that rhymes with glove.
A long, long time that rhymes with clever.
A Valentine’s symbol that rhymes with art.
Something sweet that rhymes with dandy.
What couples do that rhymes with miss.
Do some of these songs with your child.

Here are some of my favorites to do with finger puppets.  Have fun making your own (using socks, clay or old gloves) and then saying these.  They are relatively easy to memorize for your child and would be good practice for tracking words.  Write them on a poster board or just print them straight from here!

Five Pretty Valentines

Five Pretty valentines waiting at the store.
(Your child's name) bought one and then there were four.
Four pretty valentines shaped like a "V"
(Your child's name) bought one and then there were three.
Three pretty valentines said "I love you"
(Your child's name) bought one then there were two.
Two pretty valentines, this was so much fun.
(Your child's name) bought one and then there was one.
One pretty valentine sitting on the shelf.
It was lonely, so I bought it for myself.

5 Little Valentines

Five little valentines were having a race
The first little valentine was frilly with lace.
The second little valentine had a funny face.
The third little valentine said, "I love you".
The fourth little valentine said, "I do too".
The fifth little valentine was sly as a fox.
He ran the fastest to the valentine box.

Make some Valentine’s Day cards together.  Depending on the age of your child, you can have them dictate and you write, or you can have them write with your help to sound out words.  These are some cute templates to make a Valentine’s Day box from DLTK!   I would even use these templates to make Valentine Letter Boxes.  Collect words in magazines, flyers or newspapers that begin with V!

Throw some math in!  Lay out conversation hearts or candy in certain groups of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc.  Write the numbers 1-5 on sheets of paper.  See if your child can match up the numbers to the amount of hearts.
Conversation hearts Valentine's Day reading activity
Make letters from conversation hearts.  Demonstrate arranging the hearts into the letter A.  Can your child arrange them into other letters?

Enjoy your Valentine's Weekend!

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