LITTLE TALKERS VALENTINE’S DAY ISSUE
Spread the love and add some learning and speech/language fun!
Send your kids’ several day of LOVE NOTES!
Do a count down to Valentine’s Day by leaving a love note each day on your child’s door. Start the week (or even just a few days) before Valentine’s Day. Cut out 7 hearts and write down something you love about your child on each one (i.e. “You are a great big brother.”, “I love how you make me laugh.”, “I love your beautiful smile.”, etc.).
Place a new heart on their door each night until Valentine’s Day. Read them to your child when they get up in the morning. Kids love to hear nice things about themselves. You can even point out different letters and the sounds they make on the heart. Let your child tell you where to hang the heart in the house.
Make the Heart on Valentine’s day extra large and maybe have a special treat or present waiting. Let them follow some clues or hint to find their present (i.e. “Look under the dining room table.” then the next note could say “Skip to the living room and look behind the couch.” ). This is a fun way to let them practice listening, following directions and learning prepositions (under, behind, etc).
Make some LOVE crayons.
Go around the house and find any old and broken crayons you can find. Count them out and talk about the colors. Also compare sizes of the crayons (“This one is longer than this one.”, “Oh the red one is really small.”). Peel off the old paper, this is good to help with fine motor skills. Then chop up the crayons into small pieces.
Place the pieces in a heart-shaped candy mold. This one was purchased in the dollar section at Target. Then bake it in the oven for 15 minutes at 230 degrees.
Then tadah! Now you have these cute heart crayons for your child to use. They are great for little hands to hold and terrific for fine motor skills.
Spend Some Special Time
Be sure to just spend a little extra time with your little Valentine. Really engage and enjoy some time reading and playing with your child. Turn off your cell phone, tv and computer and give your child some undivided attention. Children will talk and share more if they feel like you really want to hear what they have to say.
Happy Valentine’s Day!!!