Discover & Be at home: Valentine's Day

With love in the air this week, we thought we'd celebrate with our suggestions of activities to try at home, and our book recommendations too.

We like this idea as you could adjust it once Valentine’s Day is gone, and simply create a beautiful leafy green tree in the Spring, perhaps complete with pretty blossom.

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Or come Autumn, you could change the colours to reds, browns, yellows and oranges to reflect the changing seasons. First off though, try the pink and red heart version from Easy Peasy Fun blog.

We featured a Valentine-themed sensory experience at our sessions last week, and here’s a slightly different twist on a similar idea.

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Fun with Mama blog have used lots of coloured rice, as well as bits and bobs from around the home, so it’s quite likely you’ll have similar items around the home.  If you don’t this year, perhaps start saving things you might find useful. 

How about an easy craft idea that will be enjoyed afterwards for a spot of dressing up?

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Get your hands on some pipe-cleaners and make yourself some love goggles! These are a fun activity for small hands, and you don’t have to stop at hearts. Shaping pipe-cleaner different shapes is good the imagination and fine motor skills, and if you use them for printing with paint you can have a messy session too! Thanks Makes and Takes blog for the idea.

And if mess isn’t your things, try this no-mess heart painting idea.

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 Sunny Day Family blog give us this idea, which could be used to make the basis for cards (and not just Valentine’s ones). You’ll probably need to think ahead as you’ll need a jar or something similar, as it’s this that contains the mess. It’s a neat (excuse the pun) little idea which has a fun element of surprise as you never know how your painting will turn out.

Our last activity are these beautiful paper plate love birds:

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Aren’t they pretty? It’s all about how you cut the paper plate with this one. Arty Crafty Kids blog suggest using pipe-cleaners for the legs so it might well be worth investing in some this week!

There are lots of lovely books about love including Guess How Much I Love You which we read at our sessions this week.

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Love by Emma Dodd is a beautifully illustrated book, and is part of a series all of which focus on animals and emotions. This sweet book is rather biased towards a child’s love for its mother (rather than its father, for example) but it gets away with it!

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s books are always popular so we thought it would be good to feature The Scarecrows’ Wedding.

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This is a story of love with the compulsory happy ending, written in rhyme and accompanied by fab illustrations. Definitely one for your growing library!

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman is a super story of how special we all are, children, parents and family members alike. This book is not only one to enjoy at home, but also to give as a gift.

It's available as both a board book and a paperback so suitable for the youngest of readers.

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