Happy Valentine’s Day Curious George

Happy Valentine’s Day Curious George by Mary O’Keefe Young

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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Shoebox Book Club! This month’s book is a classic character favorite, Curious George. In “Happy Valentine’s Day Curious George” by Mary O’Keefe Young, George invites his friends over to celebrate Valentine’s Day with crafts, food, and fun, and George’s typical mischievous behavior.

We selected a few activities to do with our young readers. In our experience, one or two activities are enough to keep your child engaged after the story. So, we recommend that you only pick one or two activities listed.

Book and Activity Benefits: 

  • Common Valentine’s Day Traditions
  • Laughing
  • Practice Using a Paintbrush
  • Creative Thinking
  • Following Instructions
  • Rapid Movement
  • Hand-Eye Coordination

Bookmark

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 Supplies needed

Directions

  1. Print the Bookmark Page on white paper or white cardstock.
  2. Ask your child to cut out the bookmark.
  3. Punch a hole in the top to thread a ribbon through it.
  4. Have your child draw a picture or write a word about what they love in the white heart.
  5. Thread some string, yarn or ribbon through the hole and tie it in a knot.

Craft

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Paper Mache Heart AND BALLOON VALENTINES

Supplies

  • Heart Shaped Latex Balloon (You can find these at most party stores)
  • Newspapers
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Corn Starch
  • White, Satin spray paint primer
  • Acrylic Paints (You choose the colors)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Exacto knife or scissors.
  • Glue or a glue gun
  • Decorations (Jewels, stickers, etc.)

Paper Mache Glue Recipe

  • 2 tsp. Corn Starch
  • 1 C. Flour
  • 2 C. Water

Directions

For printable directions, Here .

  1. Cut or tear the newspaper into pieces.
  2. Blow up and tie one heart shaped latex balloon.
  3. Make the paper mache glue.
  4. Dip the newspaper pieces into the paper mache. Place them on the balloon on one side. Let dry 24 hours.
  5. Turn the balloon over. Repeat step 4.
  6. Turn the balloon over. Repeat step 4 to add another layer.
  7. Turn the balloon over. Repeat step 4 to add another layer.
  8. Cut a heart-shaped hole in the top of the heart with an Exacto knife or scissors.
  9. Pull out the popped balloon.
  10. Cut a small circular hole (about 2-inch diameter) opposite the heart-shaped hole. Paper mache over the hole, so it is flat instead of curved. This will allow the heart to sit flat. Let dry.
  11. Paper mache a second layer over the round hole on the back of the heart. Let dry.
  12. Spray paint two to three base coats of white primer over the heart. We recommend you do this outside in old clothing to avoid getting spray paint all over your house and new clothes.
  13. Use the acrylic paints to paint the heart box as desired. Let dry.
  14. Decorate with jewels or stickers if you prefer.
  15. Your heart box is complete. Enjoy!

Balloon Valentines

We Valentine’s Day, because it is a reminder to tell those we love how much we care. We think showing love is even better when it is clear you are thinking of the other person. You can personalize your child’s Valentine’s Day by encouraging him or her to add individual notes or drawings to each valentine as we did below with these mini balloon valentines.

We found these cute mini self-inflatable balloons and heart cutouts at the store to make our personalized valentines this year. Give it a try!

Supplies

  • Heart cutouts (You can buy these at a party or craft store or cut them out yourself at home)
  • Mini self-inflating balloons (You can buy these at a craft or party store)
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Markers (You choose the colors)

Directions

To view printable instructions, click here.

  1. Use the black sharpie to write “You Make My Heart Burst” across the bottom of the right side of the heart.
  2. Tie a ribbon around the self-inflating balloons. This is an optional step. We thought it made the valentine’s look prettier.
  3. Have your child write a note or draw a picture for his or her friends on the back of the heart.
  4. Tape the individual balloon packet to the front of the heart on the upper left-hand corner.
  5. The hearts are finished! Put the hearts in a bag for your child to pass out at daycare or school.

Activity

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Heart Potato

This is a Valentine’s Day themed version of the classic “Hot Potato” game.

Supplies needed

  • Heart Pillow
  • Three or more game players
  • 1 Person to start and stop music

Directions

  1. Have the game players stand in a circle.
  2. Turn on children’s Valentine’s Day Music. You can find a couple kid’s Valentine’s Day Playlists on Spotify’s search function.
  3. Instruct the children to toss the heart back and forth between each other.
  4. Stop the music. Whoever is holding the heart when the music stops is out.
  5. Start the music again. Continue stopping the music and calling people out until you have a winner.

Food

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Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies

In “Happy Valentine’s Day Curious George,” the children decorate sugar cookies together, so we decided to do the same! You can make sugar cookies from scratch, or you can be lazy like we were and purchase pre-made sugar cookies. We just took the sugar cookie dough from some Pillsbury Sugar Cookies, put it together, rolled it out, and cut out some heart shapes. If you make sugar cookies from scratch, this recipe is one of our favorite sugar cookie recipes. These sugar cookies are deliciously thick, and soft.

Supplies

  • Pillsbury Sugar Pre-Made Sugar Cookies
  • Flour
  • Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters
  • Oven
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Frosting
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

View printable instructions here.

  • Heat the oven to the temperature suggested on the sugar cookie package (typically 350 degrees).
  • Take the sugar cookies out of their package. Keep the package so you can refer to cooking directions later.
  • Push all of the cookies together to make your cookie dough.
  • Put some flour on your work surface and roll out the dough.
  • Cut cookies out using your heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  • Repeat steps four and five until the dough is gone.
  • Bake the cookies in the oven according to the package directions.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven when they are golden brown on the outside.
  • Let the cookies cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove the cookies from the pan and put on your decorating surface.
  • Add frosting to the cookies. You can do so with decorating bags or a knife.
  • Add sprinkles for decoration.