> Letter H >
House, Home and Heart
Letter V >
V is for Valentine
Books > The
Shape of Things
> The Librarian
Crafts > Shapes >
> Homes > Easy Shapes Heart & Home Bookmark Craft
Colors > Red,
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
Review and select educational themes to discuss prior and during the
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
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 >
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
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
line format and refer to learning activities below before craft
* 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
* 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.
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.
1. Sorting/Sizing/Categorizing: Have the children sort
the shapes by size. Have the children arrange the sorted
shapes from smallest to largest.
2. Counting: Count how many shapes in each pile/size.
You may want to write the numbers as you count on the blank side of
the template to acquaint the children with printed numbers.
Alphabet Activity: Letter H Reinforcement
1. Again find the letter H's in the text of the
bookmark: home & hearts.
Proceed with craft assembly. Make a demonstration of
the procedure for assembly. Refer to instructions page.
Other activities: Visit the Homes
and Houses theme section for additional crafts and activities
Making Homes / Houses
*Set wooden blocks, Lego blocks for children to make
*After the children have completed their house ask them to describe
them: the colors, the shapes and anything they may want to
express about their creations.
* two pieces of white paper, card
stock is better.
* crayons, markers
* Read instructions for optional
materials to use
* Include a book about shapes or a related holiday before starting the craft.