This week, our Mom Explores Book Club read “The Day It Rained Hearts” ,by Felicia Bond. This adorable book depicts a rather unusual weather event, where beautiful paper hearts rain down from the sky. One lucky little girl is able to catch some of these hearts. She carries them home and uses them to make one-of-a-kind valentines for her very lucky and deserving friends. This book is delightfully lighthearted holiday fun and will make an excellent addition to any Valentine’s Day festivities.
- red and pink construction paper (cheapest per page price, even cheaper than Dollar Tree)
- a dark colored marker
- safety goggles
To make cutting the hearts easier, fold the paper in half 3 times. So, you fold it half once, fold it in half again and then fold it in half 1 last time. At the end, you should have something that looks like this.
Along the center fold of the paper, cut out a half heart shape. The paper below shows the type of line your scissors should follow to get something resembling a heart.
The 3 folds will allow you to create 4 hearts with just 1 cut.
Once you have the desired amount of hearts cut out, use the marker to write individual letters on each heart. Use as many letters from the alphabet as you want. You can use upper case letters, lower case letters or a combination of the two.
After writing the letters, fold all of the hearts into a closed position and use your nails or fingertips to press the crease. This will help the hearts to stay closed. Then, put all of the hearts into a bowl, bucket, pitcher or container of some kind.
After the activity is set up, get your kids excited by telling them, “It’s going to rain hearts today, just like in the book.” Slowly shake the hearts out over your kids’ heads and have them catch all of the hearts they are able to grab mid air. While playing, it’s important the kids wear safety goggles to protect their eyes.
After all of the hearts have fallen, have your kids open the hearts that they caught and read the letters on the inside. Since they won’t be able to catch all of the hearts at once, you can play the game multiple times.
This activity can also be adapted to use for sight word practice, number recognition and counting.
If you are interested in joining us for future bi-weekly book club selections, please view the full 2016 book list.
More activities for “The Day It Rained Hearts” by Leslie Bond:
Valentine Kisses Card by Kim at Mom Explores Virginia Beach
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