With Valentine’s Day drawing near, you may find yourself thinking of ways to make the little ones in your life feel extra special. Maybe giving them a gift or a sweet treat is your tradition. Or making special heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast while reading the Valentine’s Day cards you wrote each other to express your love. There are endless ways to show your little ones (and big ones) that you care, but there is no better way than giving them your time and attention.

These days time seems like a precious commodity, and our attention is often divided. We think that allotting small bits of both throughout the day on fun, simple activities is a great way to give our children what they need. It can also be a great way for them to learn!

We produce a monthly calendar of activities to help you think of the little things you can do throughout the day to give time and attention to your little one. We offer book suggestions, jokes to tickle your funny bone, simple learning activities, and thoughtful things to do with family and friends. We hope you find this calendar useful and stop back each month for the next installment.

Included in this month’s calendar are a few books from our own collection that are sure to get your little ones excited about Valentine’s Day.

Babies Love Valentines – With colorful artwork and especially sturdy lift-a-flaps, this chunky board book introduces classic Valentine’s Day traditions like giving cards and candies. Simple sentences reinforce future language structure. Grasping and lifting the flaps helps develop fine motor skills.

How Many Do I Love You?: A Valentine Counting Book – How many do I love you? I love you more than 5 lovely llamas love licking lollipops! I love you more than 6 sleepy seals love snoozing in the sunshine! This counting book is like a valentine to your little one. As you practice counting up to 10, discover more loving messages and entertaining animals.

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