"I Love You" Book

What You Need:

  • Blank paper
  • Markers, crayons, colored pencils, or other drawing supplies
  • Access to the internet or library
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon

What You Do:

  1. First of all, help your child find how to say "i love you" in 6 to 8 different languages.Try using foreign language books or the Internet to find your sayings.
  2. Once you have your phrases, practice pronouncing them together out loud as best you can. Look for pronunciation guides to help you get the pronunciation right. Make sure she notes the country where each language is spoken.
  3. Now your child is ready to put her creativity to work. Have her write each phrase at the top of a sheet of paper, one phrase to a page.
  4. Ask her to think about each country. On each country's page, have her draw something that represents the culture in some way. For example, she could draw a landmark, the country's flag, or a popular dish. Encourage her to look through a book or online for inspiration.
  5. To complete her book, ask your child to design a cover page and give her book a title.
  6. Line up the pages together, then punch holes along the spine and tie the pages together with ribbon. Voila! Your child now has a beautiful gift to give to a loved one for Valentine's Day.

Did you know? Many other countries have special days for celebrating love. In Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador, people celebrate Dia del Amor y la Amistad or Day of Love and Friendship. People perform acts of appreciation for their friends on this day. In Brazil, couples exchange candy, cards, flowers, and other gifts on June 12th. In Japan, Valentine's Day is a time for women to give chocolate and gifts to men. One month later, on White Day, men return the favor by giving chocolate back to the women who gave them gifts on Valentine's Day.

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