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Story Time: The Valentine Bears

Story Time: The Valentine Bears - Crafts and activities to go with the picture book

You know I love the Bunting.  And this book… Oh my, I have always loved it.  Because of course bears should get to celebrate Valentine’s Day, too.  They love each other, don’t they?

Well, Mr. and Mrs. Bear do, very much, and this fun book with its beautiful illustrations by Jan Brett (Are you kidding me?  Both of them together?!) is sure to get your littles in the mood for a little V Day action.  The kind that involves glue, glitter, and sugar cookies.  Yeah yeah.

Activities for The Valentine Bears

Story Time: The Valentine Bears - Crafts and activities to go with the picture book

History

Maybe you were expecting language?  Well, we always do language; let’s do something new.  Let’s learn some of the convoluted history of Valentine’s Day.  (Actually, there are some reading comp questions, fill-in-the-blank style, at the end of the history printable.  So it’s still language.  But also history.  You’re welcome.)

Printable Valentine Pack for Story Time: The Valentine Bears

Science

Since this book is all about bears and hibernation, if you haven’t checked out my free printables on the two subjects, now is definitely the time!

2 Free Printable Mini Units to help your littles learn about bears and hibernationMath

Grab a box of candy hearts.  Print out the Valentine Bears Activities Pack.  Have your littles use the hearts to graph the months Mr. and Mrs. Bear sleep.  How many months till Valentine’s Day?  How many months till April?

Graphing with Candy Hearts for Story Time: The Valentine Bears

Craft

Make your own Valentine just like Mrs. Bear!

Craft this Doily Valentine Card with your littles for Story Time: The Valentine Bears

Doily Valentine

You know I love my red activity tray.  Because it means littles get to use their own imaginations to craft instead of following strict instructions.  So let’s fill it with glitter, sequins, beads, poms, foam hearts, and whatever else you think your little might use to decorate a Valentine.

Supplies to create a Doily Valentine Card for Story Time: The Valentine Bears

What you need:

  • Paper heart doilies in white or red (you can pick them up at Dollar Tree  I got all this stuff there.)
  • Card stock in white or red (opposite color of doily)
  • The Doily Card Message Template in the free printable (optional)
  • Assorted decorative items such as sequins, glitter, beads,  poms, etc in Valentine colors
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue

What you do:

Step 1 Doily Valentine Card for Story Time: The Valentine Bears

  • Glue your doily to card stock of the opposite color (this step just stiffens it up so it’s not too flimsy)

Step 2 Doily Valentine Card for Story Time: The Valentine Bears

  • Cut around the heart so your card is just heart-shaped

Step 3 Doily Valentine Card for Story Time: The Valentine Bears

  • Write a 4-line poem for your Valentine on the Doily Card Message Template (or just write it in the center of the heart doily if you’re not using the template)
  • Glue Message onto doily over center heart
  • Decorate With Abandon

Food

Delicious Sugar Heart Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing for Story Time: The Valentine BearsSugar Heart Cookies

Oh. Yeah.  Let me tell you, this is the best sugar cookie recipe I have ever made.

What you need:

For the cookies:

  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking bowder
  • 1 tsp salt

For the icing:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 oz neufchatel (or cream) cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Red or pink food coloring

 

What you do:

  • Cream together butter and sugar until smooth
  • Beat in eggs and vanilla
  • Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt
  • Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least an hour and as long as overnight (don’t skip this part)
  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Roll out dough on floured surface
  • Cut into heart shapes with a cookie cutter
  • Place cookies 1 inch apart on  ungreased cookie sheets
  • Bake 6- 8 minutes
  • Cool completely, then frost with icing

For the icing:

  • Cream butter and cream cheese
  • Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing till smooth
  • Add vanilla and mix well
  • Divide icing into 3 small bowls
  • In one bowl, mix in 3-5 drops food coloring till pink
  • In second bowl, mix 10-15 drops food coloring till red
  • Leave 3rd bowl white
  • Frost cookies

I’m telling you, these cookies didn’t last more than a couple of hours with my boys.  They Loved Them.

I don’t know about you, but my boys are my biggest Valentines.  When I was a little girl, my dad started the tradition of getting my sister and I small gifts on Valentine’s Day.  It was really special, because we knew Mama took care of birthdays and Christmas, but Valentine’s gifts were just from Dad.   So I’ve carried on the tradition with my own littles.  They always get some small token for V Day from their mama.  This Story Time, with all its fun, can be your gift to your littles.

Oh, my dear friends,

Love wins,

KT

Looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas?  Check out:

Story Time: A Pocket Full of Kisses

Story Time: Little Bear’s Valentine

Story Time: Guess How Much I Love You

 

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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 these! I need to read this book and use some of these ideas with my preschoolers at homeschool co-op. 🙂
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    • Oh, that would be so perfect, Leah! My favorite thing ever is when someone gets genuinely excited about my ideas. And this book is really so very cute. I think they will love it.

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