Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Evening Family Story Time #5 - Valentine's Day

Family Story Time - Valentine's Day Stories & Crafts
Monday, February 6, 2012, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Attendance: 21 (11 children, 10 adults)

Program -

Books:  Be Mine, Be Mine, Sweet Valentine by Sarah Weeks
             Love, Splat by Rob Scotton

Prop Rhymes:  "Six Little Valentines"
                        "Four Candy Hearts"

Paper Cutting Story:  "Squirrel Gives Her Heart"

Draw & Tell Story:  "Claudette's Valentines" from Frog's Riddle & Other Draw-and-Tell Stories by Richard Thompson

Crafts:   Heart Puzzle (Template from Simple Fun Stuff)
             Heart Art from Easy to Make Art Activities by Paula Corbett
             Valentine Puppet from Crafts for Valentine's Day by Kathy Ross
             Woven Valentine from Art for All Seasons by Jo Ellen Moore

Notes:  I only read two books because the focus for this program was more on the crafts.  I have an easier time finding Valentine's Day crafts that I like than I do books.  Since I have not come across a Valentine's Day story that I like so much that I would purchase it for my personal storytelling collection, I use what is available at the library.  Most books are either too young or too long.  Love, Splat was a bit long for the youngest children and Be Mine, Be Mine, Sweet Valentine was a bit young for most of the others but I had them guess the rhyming word behind the flap which held their interest.  The hit of the program was the draw and tell story.  The parents really liked that as well.  Everyone enjoyed the crafts. I put some cut paper and foam stick-ons on the tables for the children to use to decorate their puppets.  My sample was quite plain compared to the ones the children made. 

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