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Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards: A Great Language Activity

Valentine's Day Card Language ActivityHomemade Valentine’s Day Cards: A Great Language Activity

 

Making a Valentine’s Day card with your child can provide opportunities to use tons of vocabulary words and language concepts.  Begin by letting your child select which color construction paper to use.  Provide them with choices. Pink, red, white are the usual, but who cares? Go crazy! Depending on your child’s language ability have them make their selection either by pointing, labeling the color or using a carrier phrase or sentence such as: “I want the red, please”.  If you are working on expanding utterances, model a longer sentence “Can I have the red piece of paper, please?” It is amazing how much language you can elicit just from choosing construction paper! After the big decision (paper color) is made, discuss with your child which way to fold the paper (don’t just do it for them).

Practice writing a message with your child on the inside of the card. Depending on the age and ability of your child, help them to create a message. It is usually best to draw lines on the inside of the card to give your child a visual area to write on. If your child isn’t able to write independently but can copy written work, draft the message together, write it on a separate piece of paper and have your child copy it onto the card. If this is too advanced for your child, have them dictate the message to you. Talk about how we open letters with “dear” and then write “Happy Valentine’s Day!”  Discuss other items you can enclose in your message. Let your child come up with ideas. Once you have finished your message, explain how we close letters with “love, yours truly, from, etc.”.   When the message is complete, have your child read the card back to you. Reading practice plus a language activity- what could be better?

Now comes the fun part- decorating your cards!  I like to use hearts in various sizes, textures, and colors.  Depending on the age and ability of your child you can cut out hearts from construction paper or have your child trace hearts on construction paper and cut them out themselves. I also try to find fun foam heart stickers. These glitter ones are amazing: Glitter Foam Heart Stickers.  Kids love them! Now it’s time for more language. Depending on your child’s language ability, have them select which hearts they would like for their card either by pointing, labeling, or using a carrier phrase or sentence.  You can encourage use of MANY attributes here: big, little, small, red, white, pink, hot pink, shiny, glittery, etc. Get creative! Model great sentences such as: “Can I have the big, shiny, pink heart please?” Continue to make this a language-rich activity by holding onto the glue so your child has to ask for it each time he needs it.  Talk about placement of the hearts on the cover. Are you going to write I love you in the hearts, create a pattern, go from big to small, etc? Here are some great examples of homemade Valentine’s Day cards: Homemade Valentine’s Day Card Ideas.

Once you are done decorating your card, introduce vocabulary words like: envelope, stamp, address, return address. We’re cutting it close- so it is probably best to hand-deliver these Valentine’s Day beauties!

Chicago Speech and More hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  If you are looking for some additional activities to do with your children, check out Chicago Speech and More’s blog to get some ideas!

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