guides

From Our ❤ To Yours!

By Diane Braun January 28, 2024


Gehlhausen is a locally owned business that has been in business for 77 years. 

 For several years they were voted the Courier and Press Reader’s Choice Gold Award for Best Gift Shop in Evansville. 

They strive to be the leaders in the industry of home decor, apparel, home furnishings, floral, and accessories!

Gehlhausen Floral

February 1"I Love You To Pieces" Craft4:45-5:45EVPL East BranchEVPL East Branch
February 1Family Free Night5:00-8:00 p.m.CMOECMOE
February 3
Valentine's Door Decorating Craft2:00-3:00EVPL North Park BranchEVPL North Park Branch
February 3Make A Valentine's Basket9:00-12:00Home Depot East & WestHome Depot
February 10Science Saturday: Valentines9:30Tools 4 TeachingTools 4 Teaching
February 10Fingerprint Hearts10:00-12:00Michael'sMichael's
February 13Palentine's Day Party 4:00-5:00EVPL Stringtown BranchEVPL Stringtown Branch
February 14Cookie Decorating4:00-5:00EVPL West BranchEVPL West

**Keep watching for more events added to the Valentine calendar!

FUN AND GAMES

The following activities were done with items purchased at Dollar Tree!  Enjoy!

LOVE YOU TO PIECES (Age 3+)
Using a pre-cut heart shape, draw lines on the back to section off the heart. Cut on the lines.
On a piece of paper, write "I Love You To Pieces". Glue the heart pieces on the paper, with edges not quite touching.
SUNCATCHER HEARTS (Ages 3+)
Use washable markers to draw on standard-size coffee filters. Wet the coffee filters. Let them dry.  When dry, glue them to the back of cut-out hearts.  Hang in a sunny window!
VALENTINE MAD-LIBS (Ages 5+)
Using candy conversation hearts, challenge the child to create a silly sentence.
FRAMED HANGING HEART (Ages 5+)
Use four popsicle sticks, glued at the corners, to create frame. Hang a two-sided paper heart with a length of string or yarn. 
HEARTS SCAVENGER HUNT (Ages 3+)
Using hearts of different sizes and colors, have one person place/hide the hearts in an area. The hunters keep their eyes closed. Once hidden, the hunters go around and look for the hearts.  The hunter who finds the most hearts wins the chance to hide the next group of hearts!
LACE A HEART (Ages 3+)
Cut a heart shape out of sturdy paper/posterboard. Use a hole punch around edge of heart. Tie on a length of yarn or string. Lace up and down through every hole.

BENDY HEARTS (AGES 3-5)
Bend two pipe cleaners to form a heart.  Twist ends together.
Make a chain of hearts by looping each heart inside the other.

NAME THAT COLOR (AGES 4-6)
Start with a base of a certain color.
Sort items by color: pom poms, paper hearts, conversation hearts, erasers.


LET'S MAKE A PATTERN (AGES 4-6)
Gather items small to large, such as cookie cutters.
Line them up (working left to right) small to large, large to small.
Line them up (working left to right) by color to make a pattern: pink, red, pink, red, etc.
Line them up (working left to right) right side up, upside down, etc.

SORT AND STICK (AGES 3-6)
Using styrofoam base, sort picks by color.
If different sizes, sort by size.
If different toppers, sort by toppers.
If different heights, sort by height.


VALENTINE MEMORY GAME (AGES 4+)
Create a memory game using cupcake liners and small objects such as conversation hearts.
Make sure you have two of each object.  Cover each object with liner. Lift two liners to see if you have a match.  If you do, keep the objects.  If not, cover them back up. Winner has the most objects when all liners have been removed!

DOT DOT DESIGNS (AGES 3+)
Using a Bingo marker, trace around a shape, such as a heart.
Remove the shape/heart and see the design.
Fill in the design with color, your name, a greeting.
Finish the area around the design, if needed.


DESIGN YOUR OWN HEART (AGES 5+)
Draw several shapes such as hearts.  With bingo markers, fill in the shapes.



SENSORY FUN WITH SAND (ALL AGES)
Pour sand into container. Add seasonal confetti shapes. 
Using spoons, scoops, funnels, etc. move the sand around.
Move the sand from this container to that container.
Use a spoon, scoop or your fingers to find the confetti shapes.  Count them.


IMAGINATION TIME (ALL AGES)
What can YOU make out of all the items?
A Valentine bug, perhaps? 
  


A big THANK YOU to my Valentine helpers:  Emma, Kate and Olivia!