Dora loves her familia. A.J. loves Blaze the monster truck. Peppa loves Mummy, Daddy, and little brother George!
When children know they’re loved and learn how to show love to others, it actually builds up their brains.
Write love poems together with your child to help them consider who they love (and who loves them!). This helps children’s developing awareness of emotions and is an important part of early childhood development.
If your child is ready, take the next step and think about what they love about those people. This will build your child’s understanding of self and others.
Tip for Parents and Caregivers: Parents’ love helps children’s brains develop: As babies and children grow, parents’ love can help them learn, remember, and handle stress (Luby, Belden, Harms, Tillman, and Barch, 2016)! Remember to show your child love and support every day.
- An acrostic poem is a poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word. Let’s write an acrostic love poem for someone we love!
- First, let’s write their name or title (like Mommy or Grandma) vertically along the left side of the page.
- Now, let’s use each letter to start a line in the poem about why we love them. For example, M could stand for “modern” or “magical” or “most magnificent.”
- For younger children, each line of the poem can be a single word — they can think of words for you to write. Older children can write on their own and be more poetic, maybe even including some rhyming words!
- If it’s the right time of year, help your child turn their acrostic love poem into a Mother’s Day card for someone maternal in their life. Don’t forget to talk about how nice it feels to spread love on special days and every day!
Love: to have deep feeling for
Poem: a composition in verse
Describe: to give an account of something or someone in words