Send a Little Love

Last Monday, Growing Book by Book showcased some fun read-alouds centered around love, caring and sharing.  Today, we are going to look at four valentine writing ideas to help cultivate your little one’s writing ability.

1.  Themed Writing Center

Introducing a themed writing center is one way to rejuvenate a tired center that may not be getting a lot of use.  For Valentine’s Day, why not add the following materials to your child’s writing center.

  • red, purple, and pink paper and envelopes in a variety of sizes
  • glitter gel pens and/or red pencils or pens
  • stickers or make your own scratch and sniff stickers
  • red, purple, pink and white pom poms, pipe cleaners and/or googly eyes
  • Valentine themed word chart (This helps your child spell words without constantly asking for help.)
  • mini mailbox

2.  Postcards

I love to get mail that isn’t a bill or a credit card application.  How about sending a postcard to a special someone?  A little creativity and a 32 cent postcard stamp will get you on your way.  The front of this postcard was made with cardstock stamped with heart cookie cutters dipped into paint.

3.  Touch Your Heart Card

You will really touch grandma’s heart with this handmade card.  For the front of the card, have your child draw or cut out a picture of a heart.  Next, have them put their fingerprint right in the middle of the heart.  On the inside of the card, have the child list things that are special about the card’s recipient.  Sign and date the card and you are ready for one special delivery.

4.  Flower Heart Face Card

I love to browse through gardening catalogs and daydream about my fantasy garden.  One of my favorite catalogs is White Flower Farm.  As I was browsing the pages of beautiful annuals and perennials, I came up with this idea to recycle the catalog once I’m done with it.

Draw or cut a heart and glue to the front on a folded piece of construction paper.   Next, cut out lips, eyes, nose, ears and hair from flower pictures.  How about tulips for lips or clematis for eyes?  Arrange the face cut-outs and glue down.  Now, your child is ready to write a sweet message on the inside.

I hope you are inspired to do some writing with your kids.