Thursday, January 19, 2012

Hearts Everywhere (Download an interactive book for the kids)

I love Boardmaker Share, and there are always cute ideas for every event.  With Valentine's Day coming up, I found a very simple book---"Hearts Everywhere" ---which is perfect for children functioning at an early language level.  I downloaded it and fixed it up a bit ---aligned the symbols better, exchange a few icons for other better ones, and fixed a couple of glaring mistakes.  (With free stuff, there is always some fixing to do. I'm sure you will fix my free things.)

"Hearts Everywhere" is simple---hearts are on the table, on the wall, on the floor, on the mailbox, and so on.  Each page has hearts somewhere different---and there is rhyme to the book. I asked the kids to point to the wall, window, floor, and table in my room after reading the corresponding page.  The only preposition is "ON", and there is a simple sentence strip where the child can change out the object.  If you want, you can laminate the book, use velcro, and make things more permanent.  I didn't want to use up my laminating supplies, so paper sufficed for me this time. 

Once the kids read this, you can play a game with hearts in your classroom or home, and have them put a paper heart somewhere and then tell where it is.  ("Heart on Mommy!")   Take pictures and the kids can make their own book!

Click Here for the Boardmaker version of Hearts Everywhere
  Lucky for you--you can add pages, change out prepositions, or fix any little mistakes I made.

Click Here for the pdf version of Hearts Everywhere
    You are stuck with it--no changes possible.  Oh well!   Happy Valentine's Day!



  1. This is great!! I love how interactive it is! My boys will absolutely love it! Thank you!

  2. This is fantastic! GREAT way to learn new vocabulary and kids will love it! Thanks for sharing at Thrifty Thursday!

  3. This is a great book (I found it Pinterest)! I just shared it on my blog and linked back to you! You can check it out here Friday's High Five: Valentine Literacy Activities. Thanks for the free printable!

    Criss-Cross Applesauce

  4. Ruth, I absolutely love this activity. Thank yout so much for sharing it!!
    Considerate Classroom

  5. I am in love with your activities! They are always a hit with my students! Thanks for sharing Ruth! PS- I found this activity on Boardmaker Achieve, looks like someone was inspired by you :)

    1. Thanks for the link. As I said in the blog post, the original idea for Hearts Everywhere was off of Boardmaker achieve, so it's no surprise that a slightly different version (interactive) is put back up there. I get lots of ideas from others, and just try to give credit where credit is due, then provide it in an easy to use form. If others are then inspired to change and share free, great!

  6. Hi, thank so much for this share. I love all of your things. I typically print them in pdf but this one I tried in boardmaker, but I had issues with the page breaks with printing. Lots of the pages were cut off and not centered. Can you give me tips on what page setting you used to make it print properly.
    Thanks so much!

  7. Oh cool. I have a Totline "Take Home" Object Rhymes book and this story is included. Nice to see it reproduced to be more functional for a variety of users! Kids love it!