Valentine Story Props

I made some quick story props for two of our Valentine's Day books this week.  They're both counting books.  The first is One Heart: A Valentine Counting Book.  A little girl puts one heart in her pocket, gives two hearts to her parents, three hearts to her kittens, etc.  All the way up to ten when she goes back to one and gives the special heart she put in her pocket to her teacher.  It's a simple rhyming book that's perfect for preschoolers.

The second counting book is also a fun rhyming one.  It's called 10 Valentine Friends.  Ten little friends work on making special Valentines.  Their Valentines are personalized with dinosaurs, gorillas, princesses, etc.  I like this book because there is a column on each page where you can watch the Valentines stack up as each one is added.  Excellent counting practice and fun too!

The props are pretty self-explanatory, but I did take some pictures.  I started with craft foam cut into 10 heart shapes (I added some faces too) and 5 pipe cleaners cut in half.
I glued the hearts to the pipe cleaners with a hot glue gun.
And twisted them around a marker.
Stick them on your fingers and you've got some perfect story props for Valentine's Day counting books! My cute little assistant held up the right number of hearts for each page in the Valentine's books.
Linking to Read Explore Learn, The Crafty Nest, Toys in the Dryer , Shine On Fridays , Sassy Sites , The Play Academy , Family Frolics , Sharing Saturday, Six Sisters' Stuff, I Can Teach My Child , I Heart Nap Time , The Girl Creative , Sew Can Do,   Monday Madness, delicateCONSTRUCTION, Adventures in Mommy Land, Tip Junkie,   Junk in their Trunk Valentine's Day Ideas Blog Hop
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18 comments:

  1. Oh these are pretty cute!
    Also Loove the "hurry up and take the picture" grin your handsome guy has going on.

    Stopping in from Read Explore Learn

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  2. These are sooo cute! Going to pin these little guys to my Valentine board.

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  3. These are so cute! I love the technique attaching the pipe cleaners to kids fingers. I will have to think of a story to make puppets for. I will link the idea back to you. I pinned this post.

    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

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  4. Really sweet - the kids would really love these!

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  5. Stopping by from TGIF!!! Love this idea - sooooo cute. Pinning this, so I remember for Valentine theme week. Thank you for sharing. :)

    ~Bekah @SonshineTotSchool.blogspot.com

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  6. Those heart finger puppets are adorable. So cute that I have to make them for my girls.

    -Veronica

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  7. These are so super cute!!! :) Stopping by from Living Montessori Now's pinterest party! :)

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  8. They are adorable, Lorie! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  9. Fun and simple... the perfect way to bring a book to life. Pinned it!

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  10. So cute!! Love it.. I'm pinned this.. Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday

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  11. How cute are they? Noah would love those. I am pinning this!

    Thanks for linking to Family Frolics.:)

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  12. Great props. I was need a great Valentine counting book for preschoolers. Logan found my Conversation Heart math book from when I taught 4th grade. He wanted me to read the whole thing... it gets into multiplication and division pretty quick. I tried to skip pages and he'd get mad and say, "I'm smart. I'll figure this out."

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  13. These are super cute! Thanks for linking up with Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land!!

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  14. Those are too too cute! I love all the different little expressions on the faces! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

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  15. Such a great idea! My daughter loves making her own fingerpuppets out of things that just fit on the tips of her fingers (not actual puppets), so this would be great! Really easy, too :-) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. I found you on Tip Junkie. Would you please share this with my readers for our Fun Stuff Fridays Valentine's Linky Party? I think it would be a great fit. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/02/14-days-of-valentines-fun-stuff-fridays.html

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  17. What a cute idea for finger puppets! Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.

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