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Story Time: Little Bear’s Valentine


Story Time: Little Bear's Valentine - Crafts and activites to go with the picutre book

Well, my lovelies, the Lit Mama is getting all geared up for Valentine’s Lovey Lovey Heart Day, and this beautiful book is a great way to cuddle up with your favorite Valentine.  Little Bear has always been one of my most-loved picture-book characters.  His world is so gentle and sweet.  I often read him to my Littles and Big both when they were very small because I wanted them to get to view the world from such a tender perspective.  This particular story, Little Bear’s Valentine,  continues our Valentine’s mother-child theme, which rocks my socks off.

little bear's valentine

Here are some fun ways to enjoy the book with your littles even further.


This is another good story for practicing order.  You can have your little do Beginning, Middle, End practice with this free download.

BME Little Bear

Also, just for fun, here are some free bookmarks that are lovey-lovey.  About books, of course!  You can print them on cardstock and laminate them, or just print them out on plain old paper.  They just mark your place.  They’ll work however you do it.

Valentine bookmarks-Lit Mama Homeschool



I love bears.  Real bears. Teddy bears.  Book bears.  Big bears.  Baby bears.  Mama Bears. (All of Big’s girlfriends have called me that for some reason… hmm.)  Here’s a free download for Learning About Bears, with lots of cool stuff to do.

learn about bears

Since we’re all Valentiney this week, let’s do some candy heart experiments!  (I’ll try not to eat them all.  I heart them.–Sorry.  couldn’t resist.)

Testing Candy Hearts

hear jar experiment

What you need:

What you do:

This is a great way to introduce you littles to scientific observation and hypothesis.  All you do is fill each jar or bottle a little more than halfway with one of each type of liquid, leaving one jar empty and labeling it ‘air.’  Then you drop 1-2 candy hearts in each jar, replace the lid, and have your littles watch to see what kind of changes take place with each chemical reaction.

Dancing Candy Hearts

Here’s another fun and simple way to introduce your littles to carbonation!

dancing hearts materials

What you need:


  • 16 oz Sprite or 7Up
  • Tall, clear glass
  • At least 4 candy hearts

What you do:

pouring 7up

  • Fill your glass almost all the way with soda.

dropping hearts

  • Drop 1 candy heart in at a time.  Grin hugely because they fizz and that makes you happy.

Story Time: Little Bear's Valentine -Dancing Candy Hearts

Watch the results!

step 3The hearts rise and fall in the bubbles, appearing to dance.


Also, no way can I resist baking soda and vinegar experiments.  You know it’s true (and you kinda heart me for it, don’t you?).

Fizzing Hearts

We had to start this one early this morning, in order to give our hearts time to freeze.

What you need:

valentine's science experiments

What you do:

vinegar hearts morning

  • A couple of hours before you’re ready to experiment, fill a mold or cake pan up about half way with equal parts water and vinegar.
  • Add as much red food coloring as your little heart desires.
  • Tuck into the freezer for… freezing.

baking soda heart

  • Add a teaspoon or two of baking soda to about 1 cup water.  Stir to dissolve.
  • Pour mixture into a casserole dish or other deep-sided pan. (We just mixed ours in the dish.)

first heart

  • Remove frozen hearts from molds.  (We ran hot water over the backs for a couple of seconds and they popped right out.)
  • Drop one into the baking soda-infused water.

second heart

  • Add more hearts if you want.

fizzing hearts

  • Watch the chemical reaction we expect happen much more slowly as the ice melts and the vinegar and baking soda come into contact.

So. Freaking. Cool.


Story Time: Little Bear's Valentine - Bear Card Craft

Um, Valentine’s cards, of course!  This über-cute one has both a heart And a bear.  Can you say perfect?  Your little will have a blast using basic shapes to make a Valentine for Mama, Dada, or his closest friend.

What you need:

What you do:

card body

  •  Measure out two rectangles 2 inches wide by the length of the short side of the brown paper.  Cut your rectangles out.  They will be the bear’s body and arms.
  •  Glue the rectangles into a lower case t, with less sticking up from the crossbar on top than on bottom.

heart and body card

  •  Using my template, cut head, ears, and paws out of brown paper, and heart out of red.  Glue to your card as pictured above.

Story Time: Little Bear's Valentine - Bear Card Craft

  • Now the fun part.  Have your little draw three similarly sized circles on the black paper, then tear them out so she gets 3 imperfect shapes that resemble circles.
  • Glue those on the face for eyes and nose.  Have her cut 8 small rectangles for the bear’s claws.  Glue them onto the paws.
  •  Fold the bottom of the bear’s body toward the heart, lining the very bottom of the body up with the very top of the heart.   Fold the arms toward the heart, making the fold just below the paws so that they overlap atop the heart.
  •  Open your card back up and write a message in the heart.  Your card is ready to be someone’s Valentine!


red velvet cupcake

CUPCAAAAAAAKES!  Yeah yeah, let’s go for broke.  Valentine’s Day practically Screams cupcakes.  Come on, let’s make some…

Red Velvet Valentine Cupcakes

What you need:

Um, follow the directions on the box for cupcakes, duh.  Frost them.  Sprinkle them.  Easy peasy.

  • OR

For the cake:

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 ounce red food coloring
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp salt

(Because isn’t it fun sometimes to just make it from scratch?)

What you do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners (that makes it so much easier!)
  • In your awesome mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in eggs, buttermilk, food coloring, and vanilla.
  • Stir in baking soda and vinegar.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
  • Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture until just blended.
  • Spoon batter into cups, filling each about 2/3 full.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes, until the cake springs back when lightly pressed.
  • Allow to cool.

Wait a minute!  That was easy, too!

For the frosting:

What you need:

  • 12 ounces whipped Cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

What you do:

  • Beat all ingredients together until smooth
  • Frost the cake.

So was that!

For the sprinkles:

  • Eh, just buy a jar of sprinkles.
  • Sprinkle them on your cupcakes as lightly or liberally as you like.
  • Watch your little loves smile.  With red teeth.

My friends, enjoy all this yummy-loving goodness with the loves of your life.  Because, especially at this time of year,

Love wins,


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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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  1. I love Little Bear and I used to read his books to my boys when they were little. Thanks for sharing at Literacy Musing Mondays.
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  2. The Valentine’s Day book looks so cute. Thanks for the curriculum suggestions to go with it! We would love for you to link it up your post at Literacy Musing Mondays #LMMLinkup http://www.foreverjoyful.net/?p=830

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