We’re sharing Valentine’s Day themed activities for this week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids. The featured book is Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. We played a movement game to go along with the book. Be sure to check out all of the valentine themed activities at the end. I get commissions for purchases made through the affiliate links in this post.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Guess How Much I Love You is a favorite in my family. My kids love all of the books starring Little Nutbrown Hare and his dad. Their first book features a little hare trying to explain to his dad how much he loves him. He starts with holding his arms arm wide proclaiming, “This much.” His dad responds holding his arms out even wider, “But I love you this much.” The pair go back and forth trying to outdo each other until Little Nutbrown Hare is almost asleep. In one final attempt at expressing his love, he says, “I love you right up to the moon.” Big Nutbrown Hare lets his son think he has won and settles him down to sleep. Then, he whispers, “I love you right up to the moon — and back.”
Guess How Much I Love You Movement Game
Whenever we read Guess How Much I Love You, we always do the actions along with the hares. Stretching and bouncing around like a bunny is so much fun. Turn this into a little Simon Says game. Start by showing your child the actions. You can use the book to help your child see what to do. Scroll down to watch the video showing some of the actions.
Say: I love you this much. Action: Stretch out your arms to the side.
Say: I love you as high as I can reach. Action: Reach your arms up.
Say: I love you to my toes. Action: Reach down to touch your toes.
Say: I love you as high as I can hop. Action: Hop around like a bunny.
Say: I love you as far as the river. Action: Point to the river.
Say: I love to the moon. Action: Point up to the moon.
Take turns calling out the I love you sayings and do the actions together. Watch how my kids play in the video below
This game is a simple way to connect with the book and practice some gross motor skills.
Toddler Elon joined in with Lily, too.
Lily wanted to add going to sleep at the end. She stretched out like Little Nutbrown Hare and pretended to sleep.
Would your kids like to play this game?
More Activities from the Virtual Book Club for Kids
See more Valentine’s Day themed activities inspired by Guess How Much I Love You:
DIY Valentine Printable – Mama Smiles
Foam Heart Count & Weave Busy Bag – Views From a Step Stool
Conservation Hearts Addition and Subtractions – Rainy Day Mum
Chocolate Box Math – Teach Beside Me
Icy Preschool Valentine Science – Preschool Powol Packets
Easy Frozen Heart Science – Toddler Approved
Valentine’s Day Secret Message Scavenger Hunt – School Time Snippets
Hearts and Squares Collage Art – My Storytime Corner
Also stop by the Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook group to see what others are sharing!
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