My Heart is Like a Zoo Craft

All you need is some colored paper, glue, scissors, and wriggly eyes!

What a fun activity for children – anytime!  This activity is based on our book review of My Heart is Like a Zoo.

First we went to the Dollar Store and found this set of six heart shapes – yep, for just a $1.

We used the shapes to trace several different sized hearts on various colored sheets of card stock purchased from our local Michael’s.
I was excited to be able to cut out various shades of some colors – because I’d rather give children three shades of yellow to work with, instead of just “yellow”.   But that’s just me.  (and why I love the Pantone Colors book for children – see REVIEW here.
After reading our CLIP pick book for February, My Heart is Like a Zoo, give your child the palette of heart shapes & colors, some wiggly eyes and let them create.
Mount on a sheet of black or white card stock and display for all to see!
A few more details and our creation will be complete.  Cute!

Encourage original animal creations, or allow children to replicate an animal from the book. It doesn’t matter as long as you are having fun creating together!

Oh, and check out this cute idea!

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CLICK HERE for pattern.
From Mrs. T’s First Grade Class


Deni Corbett

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My Heart is Like a Zoo

Author & Illustrator:  Michael Hall

Ask a child how he’s feeling or how his day is going and you’re likely to be told, “Fine” or “Good”, which actually tells you nothing.

Welcome to the zoo!

Each of the 20 brightly colored animals in this book are uniquely shaped and designed with hearts.  As your young readers enjoy the challenge of finding all the hearts that have created each of the animals, they will also be delighted by the rhythm of the text.

    “My heart is like a zoo…
frightened as a rabbit,
jumpy as a frog,
gloomy as a lone coyote
walking in the fog.”

Learning to understand and explore different feelings and emotions is simplified in this “heart” warming book about zoo animals. It makes a sweet valentine’s addition to any home library and may help you have more than a “good” day with your child.

My Heart is Like a Zoo – Book Trailer


Review: Wherever You Are

Author & Illustrator:  Nancy Tillman

Telling our children that we love them is something that we as parents just do – over and over. The words, “I love you” simply pop out of our mouths often without much thought. It’s not that we don’t mean it, perhaps we just don’t know how to express our love in a more creative way. Especially as our children grow and mature. 

How can we show our children that they do carry our love with them each and every day?  From the first heart-wrenching experience of letting go that a parent and child experience to a time when they’re “all the way grown”, the loving images in this tender book show your children that…

Wherever You Are – my love will find you.

Mary Byrne Kline

“And if someday you’re lonely,
or someday you’re sad,
or you strike out at baseball,
or think you’ve been bad…

just lift up your face, feel the wind in your hair.
That’s me, my sweet baby, my love is right there.

In the green of the grass… in the smell of
the sea… in the clouds floating by…
at the top of a tree… in the sound 
crickets make at the end of the day…

“You are loved. You are loved. You are
loved,” they all say.

Review: Snowy Valentine

Author & Illustrator:  David Petersen

One snowy Valentine’s Day
A heartfelt quest
The greatest gift of all…

Jasper Bunny is on a quest – he must find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for his love, Lilly. 

So he does what many of us would do; he decides to ask his friends for help. Even though his porcupine friends are quite handy at knitting scarves for Mother, he just becomes more tangled by the minute. And Miriam the frog may be excited over her box of chocolate-covered flies, but Jasper knows Lilly wouldn’t think them much of a Valentine treat. Jasper continues through the snow and comes to Fox’s house. Oh dear! He really ends up in hot water here!

Discouraged, poor Jasper trudges toward home – cold, wet, and ready to give up. His friend the Cardinal, from high up in a tree, calls down words of encouragement. 

Could Jasper’s journey really have been a true gift of love?  

Mary Byrne Kline
“This necklace of winter berries will make a
wonderful Valentine’s gift….”

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