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> Letter H >
House, Home and Heart
Letter V >
V is for Valentine
Books > The Shape of Things
Community Helpers > The Librarian
Crafts > Shapes > Bookmarks > Homes > Easy Shapes Heart & Home Bookmark Craft
Colors > Red, Blue
Numbers > Counting, Sizing & Sorting
Holidays & Events > Various holidays and
2.5 to 6 years old
This activity will help children learn shapes, U.S.A. patriotic colors and how shapes create things.
* The craft and activities can focus on a holiday as a gift, such as Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day or Grandparent's Day, Christmas or other special gift giving holidays your family celebrates.
Present or reinforce letter H is for House, Home and Hearts all featured in the bookmark craft. V is for Valentine is another option.
Foster a love for reading and caring for books, and to celebrate various literacy related events listed in the holidays and events index.
Discuss the role of the community helper > The Librarian and the importance of our national, public and school libraries. Libraries are special homes for books, and other types of information.
Review and select educational themes to discuss prior and during the bookmark assembly:
Activity > Visual Arts and Literacy > Book Activity: The Shape of Things author Dayle Ann Doods,
Illustrated by Julie Lacome
Refer to this related book activity to present how shapes form things. It is the perfect companion to presenting the shapes concept used for assembling the bookmark craft below. Tell the children they will make a a special bookmark shaped like a house made of shapes.
Instead of the book mentioned above include a patriotic theme holiday book or online story. Tell the children they will make a special bookmark to use for their favorite books or to make as a gift.
Activity > Books > Reading > What is a bookmark and how to use it >
There are two bookmark texts to select from. Select and discuss the text and the importance of reading. Engage the children in a dialogue about what books and magazines they enjoy the most and how a bookmark is used.
Activity > Alphabet Activities >
H is for Home or House | Heart
V is for Valentine
This is an opportunity to present an alphabet letter featured in the craft (H) or V for Valentine. Links in the materials column.
Activity > Community helpers > The Librarian | My Neighborhood > Our libraries >
Visit Ben Franklin to find out about what does a librarian does and the importance of libraries in our neighborhood. Learn more about what a librarian does. This bookmark craft is a good opportunity to celebrate that very special visit to get a child's library card.
Activity > Easy Shapes Hearts & Home Bookmark Craft and learning activities:
This a really easy and fun over-sized bookmark for young children to make with basic shapes. Make sure to read the message in the bookmark and discuss the importance of reading. Engage the children in a dialogue about what books they enjoy the most and how a bookmark is used.
Print your choice of bookmark template in color or black line format and refer to learning activities below before craft assembly.
The color version is ideal for young children ages five and under to emphasizes on shapes, color recognition and following a set of instructions during the assembly.
* The black and white version is appropriate for older children that are emergent readers and writers. It allows for more creativity to decorate, and color with fine markers or coloring pencils. Most of the non-text template pieces can be used to trace over a variety of scraps of paper materials, or they can write original text.
* Optional > laminate the bookmark for durability.
Educational activities to conduct during the craft assembly:
Shapes & Color Activity:
1. Identify all shapes for all
pieces on the template: bookmark & door (rectangles), the
hearts, the roof (triangles). Discuss the colors, on the
template (red & blue) or the colors chosen by the children to
color the pieces. Some children like to discuss the colors as
they choose them while coloring or painting the templates.
Other activities: Visit the Homes
and Houses theme section for additional crafts and activities
* two pieces of white paper, card
stock is better.
* crayons, markers
* Read instructions for optional
materials to use
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