Recently I shared our 5 Books about Love to read year round with your babies and toddlers and included on the list was my kids favourite Guess How Much I Love you by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram. For me this was a new book that I brought when they were very little loving to sit and read about all of the ways that Little Nutbrown Hare thinks that he can tell Big Nutbrown Hare how much he loved him. I didn’t realise until recently that it was first published 20 years ago and this year it’s celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary.
As a child I didn’t get to enjoy this wonderful story of a parents love and a child’s love but now with children of my own that at times can be heard screaming the heart breaking words “I don’t love you Mummy” – usually because I’ve said no to something like sweets or TV going on when there is nothing on to watch. We reach for the book and read about how many ways the Little Nutbrown hare loves the Big Nutbrown Hare at bedtime and then share the how much we love each other. J loves the end but as the moon appears big in the sky he likes extending it and saying I love you to the stars and back and then whispers – cause they are much further than the moon Mummy.
Whether you read the book as a child or are just discovering it then it’s a wonderful gift for a new baby something that can be treasured this year and throughout their childhood and even further especially as phrases from the book are some of the most read at weddings around the world.
If you follow Rainy Day Mum you know how much we love bringing books alive through activities and crafts like we do for our Virtual Book Club for Kids so we’ve got some very simple to make Woven Heart Notes that you can make to spread messages of love with your kids.
Materials needed for woven hearts
Two different sorts of paper – different colours or different scrap booking papers
Pen to write the messages
How to make Woven Hearts
To make the mini woven hearts you will need to use a sheet of paper 21cm x 15cm. Divide the paper out along the widest side every 4.5cm and draw a line down.
Cut these out you should have 4 stripes 4.5cm by 15cm plus a smaller section that you won’t use this time from each coloured piece of paper
Fold the pieces in half and then draw a line 4.5cm up from the folded edge in the middle of the fold.
Cut along the line
Round off the corners.
Then weave the open ends together so that they overlap.
On the front of the note write Guess How Much I Love you
On the back a message about how much you love them – whether a phrase from the book or something silly like “As big as Daddy’s feet!”
Put the notes in their lunch boxes or leave out with their snack and tell your kids how much you love them whilst bringing the book Guess How Much I Love You a little closer to their hearts and yours.
Guess how Much I love you is available in your local book store or from Amazon.com [affiliate link] or Amazon.co.uk [affiliate link] and makes the perfect gift for a new baby, Christening present or 1st birthday so a child can cherrish it forever.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.