Holidays and seasons are a great way to incorporate new vocabulary and build your child's language and understanding of traditions or routines! Read more below about a few Valentine's Day themed books for different ages and the fun ways you can interactively read with your child. We've also shared a few of our professionally-recommended easy and inexpensive themed-activities for you and your child to do at home!
For younger children (Toddlers & Preschoolers:18 months to 3 years)
Where is Baby’s Valentine?
In this book Baby has lost her Valentine’s Day card and you have to help her find it! This book is great for working on everyday, common vocabulary (e.g., things around your home), yes/no questions, simple WH-questions (what, where, who) and also prepositions (e.g., “Is it under the table?” or “Show me what is on the table.” or “What is next to the table?”, etc).
Llama Llama I love you
This book is good for simple sequencing of events (the steps to making the cards, giving the cards, sending the cards, etc), for verbs or action vocabulary (e.g., cutting, glueing, walking, etc), simple WH-questions and yes/no questions. There are also some rhyming words in this book (though your toddler or preschooler is still a little young for pre-reading and phonemic awareness skills, it’s still beneficial to read books with a variety of concepts!).
For children around Pre-K (4-5 years old)
Happy Valentine’s Day Curious George!
We love Curious George books! They are great for WH-questions (who, what, where, when, why), inferences (“Why is the man upset?”, “Why does George looked worried?”), predictions (“Uh oh. What might George do?”, “What might happen?”) and recalling details and events of the story after the book
Lily’s Chocolate Heart
This is a simple, but very cute book which is great for prepositions (e.g., under, next to, on, above, etc.) and vocabulary, as well as, WH-questions and recalling details about the story.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose
There are a lot of different “Old Lady Who Swallowed a….” books. These books are silly and fun and good for recalling details in sequential order (e.g., the items she swallows) and vocabulary.
For children who are a little older (Kindergarten, First Grade)
Franklin worked so hard on his Valentine’s Day cards, but something happens to them! This book is great for sequencing the events of the story, recalling details of the story, inferencing (e.g., “How do you think Franklin feels?”, “Why is Franklin sad?”, etc.) predicting (e.g., “Uh oh! His backpack is open! What might happen?” , “What might they do next?”, etc.) and problem-solving (“What is the problem?”, “What could he do to fix the problem?”, etc).
The Day It Rained Hearts
In this book the main character, Cornelia Augusta, is very thoughtful with how she makes her Valentine’s Day cards and who will receive them! This book is also great for sequencing, recalling details, retelling events, making inferences and predictions.
Activities You & Your Child can do at home!
You can also do short, fun, holiday-themed activities at home with your child to work on ways to build their vocabulary and language skills. Here are a few easy and inexpensive ideas:
These are just a few ideas, but maybe you have some other ideas or activities you already do with your child. Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments section for others to try out too!
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s development you can always reach out to us at The Speech Space!