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February is all about LOVE. It's such an important emotion for kids and adults alike. Why not spend some time exploring the emotion in more detail with your kids by writing a love story together?!
Exploring emotions with your kids is so important. If you think about it, even as parents we struggle to deal with our emotions and developmentally we are 'fully equipped.' Our kids are not, they are still learning. Don't be shy when talking about emotions, your kids will really benefit from being able to have an open dialogue with you about their feelings and other people's feelings.
Try to set this activity up in an inviting way. Raid your kids' bookshelf and find a book they love that deals with the topic of love. We chose Love Monster by Rachel Bright as it is such a fun book, but it has a strong moral. Once you've spent some time looking at the book, test your creative abilities by making your own love story. The great thing about this activity is that it can be easily adapted for different ages. Start off by getting your child to think of a title and create a front cover with the main characters.
This little guy decided to call his book 'The Big Love,' with the main characters being Billy Bear and Peggy Pig. You can see how hard he is working on his literacy skills here!
Younger children will not be able to write the love story so why not put them in charge of illustrations? You can draw the outline of some pages and picture boxes on the paper. Discuss the concept of the story and ask them to either draw or use the stickers to represent the story in a series of images. This project really relies on the parental input. Help to direct the story with prompt questions and suggestions, without taking over from your kids.
The nice thing about this project is that it really encourages communication and collaboration. Look at the team work going on here with Dad writing the story as the little guy adds the illustrations.
If you've got older kids, you can leave them more responsibility. Still be present and discuss their ideas, but they can do the writing and illustrations.
Here are some examples of good prompt questions to ask your kids that will help them to consider their story and its characters:
When you are finished creating the book, ask your child how they'd like to bind the book. We chose to add some washi tape, but you could always use a hole punch and ribbon, or a stapler.
It really doesn't matter what the story looks like on paper, the benefits will come more from the discussions you have with your child. You will be surprised at the intelligence of some of their answers, and also interested in the way they view their emotions. Look how proud this little guy is of his first ever book!!
Best of all you can cozy up at story time and enjoy reading the love story together! Our Stuff 'n Sit makes the perfect spot for quality family moments like this!
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