Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate all types of love, including the love and friendship you share with your child. Spending quality time reading with your little one on Valentine’s Day is a great way to express your love for them. Use these 10 books and the activities they inspired to enjoy a day of fun and connection with your child.
“The Kindness Quilt” by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Activity: Help your child embrace their creative side by encouraging them to draw pictures of their acts of kindness. Create a display board in your home to celebrate their compassion.
“A Gift for Amma” by Meera Sriram
Activity: Take your child on a shopping trip and have them pick out a special gift for someone they love like a grandparent, friend or their other parent. Ask them why they chose that gift and how they think the person will feel when they receive it.
“I Am Human: A Book of Empathy” by Susan Verde
Activity: Cut some colorful heart shapes out of construction paper and ask your child to draw ways they can be kind on each of them. Attach the hearts using yarn to show how our acts of kindness connect us all together.
“How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids” by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer
Activity: Ask your child to draw different ways they can be kind to their siblings, pets and friends. Put their drawings in a bucket and talk with them about how these acts of generosity make others feel good while giving your child a sense of fulfillment.
Activity: Add a new activity to craft time by having your little one illustrate a time they cared for someone or something in their life.
“Little Blue Truck’s Valentine” by Alice Schertle
Activity: Help your child make and deliver valentines to those they care about as a way of learning how to share love with others.
“You are Friendly” by Todd Snow
Activity: Have art time with your child and encourage them to draw ways they can be friendly at home and at school. You can use these drawings each morning to remind them how to be friendly. At the end of the day, be sure to ask them how they were friendly to others.
“I Love You Because You’re You” by Liza Baker
Activity: Have a fun game night with your family. You can play the “I Love You When You…” game by taking turns finishing the statement “I love you when you…” Sharing these sentiments helps you show love and appreciation for one another.
“The Power of One” by Trudy Ludwig
Activity: Make a kindness chain with your child by writing one way to be kind on a small piece of paper. Your child can then pick which action they want to complete each day. When they’ve completed them all, link the pieces into a paper chain that will grow over time as your child continues to be kind.
“Kindness to Share From A to Z” by Todd and Peggy Snow
Activity: Make an alphabet book with each letter representing a different way to show kindness. Check off each page as you complete the acts.
Make Valentine’s Day special for your child by teaching them about the power of love and how small acts of kindness can make a big difference. With these books and activities, your child will learn the importance of being kind to those around them. These are valuable lessons that will impact them for years to come.
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