“In My Heart” by Joe Witek and Painting

In My Heart” by Joe Witek is a great book for any time of the year but since it incorporates a heart on every page it is easy to incorporate a Valentine’s craft while sharing it with your kiddos.

In the book “In My Heart” children learn about feelings including happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, and shyness. Some make us feel as light as a balloon, others as heavy as an elephant.

A bright yellow star represents happiness, an elephant represents sadness, a silhouette of the Big Bad Wolf symbolizes fear. A series of heart cutouts, ever decreasing in size, appears on the pages, until the heroine is able to find her feelings everywhere.

In “In My Heart” explores a full range of emotions, describing how people feel physically, inside, with language that is lyrical but also direct to empower readers to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions.

After reading “In My Heart” let your Nanny Kids paint a heart. The little one I care for chose to use cotton swabs to make dots (pointillism) to paint her heart after seeing it on an Instagram page by Lwanda at nycnannysaurus.

With whimsical illustrations and an irresistible die-cut heart that extends through each page, this gorgeously packaged and unique feelings book is sure to become a storytime favorite.

You Will Need:

Washable Paint
Paint Brushes or Cotton Swabs

What to Do:

1. For young children use a pencil to sketch a heart similar to the hearts in the book “In My Heart” on paper. Older kids won’t need their caregiver to help them paint a heart.

2. Let the kids dip a paintbrush into each color of paint and make a multi colored heart as seen in the children’s book.

You can purchase the book by clicking the links above or by visiting my storefront by clicking here.


Idea from NYCnannysaurus

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