Yes the 3rd in our book series at Sparklers was the classic Guess How Much I Love You? by Sam McBratney.
We sat together and read the story from a Big Book – then we re read the story acting it out as we went along. The children stretched out their arms, reached them over their heads, swung teddies over their heads and bounced up and down. We created a river from cloth and ran down to it. Finally they all snuggled down on the floor as we whispered “I love you right up to the moon and back.”
As we sat together we chatted about the people we love and how we can show them that we love them. Then the children made vouchers for hugs, kisses and snuggles for those they love and sealed them in envelopes to take home. Initially the plan was to make one voucher each but they were so excited by this that we made lots!
Cards were the next activity – everyone made one for someone they love and wrote inside how much they love them in the style of the book – a couple are below.
“I love you as big as the biggest hug”
“I love you to the moon and back and to the sun and back and all the way round the world”
As we went through the activities we chatted about how much God loves us – each time the children came up with an ‘amount’ we replied “more than that”. Finally one said “God loves us as much as everything” – which we decided was as near as we were going to get!!
Next week The Rainbow Fish!