Sunday, January 5, 2014

Valentine's Day Fun for the Children in Your Life

Vintage Post Card for Valentine's Day
Last year I offered a lapsit program to celebrate the Valentine’s Day. Listed below are the fingerplays, songs and story stretchers I used in the program. They are found throughout the internet without attribution so they are free for you to use as well.  

I also used a flannel board with heart shapes for the counting rhymes. 
I hope you will find something fun to use with your little ones. 


Five Pretty Valentines

Five pretty valentines waiting at the store.
(Insert child's name) bought one and then there were four.
Four pretty valentines shaped like a "V"
(Insert child's name) bought one and then there were three.
Three pretty valentines said "I love you"
(Insert child's name) bought one and then there were two.
Two pretty valentines, this was so much fun.
(Insert child's name) bought one and then there was one.
One pretty valentine sitting on the shelf.
I felt sorry for it, so I bought it for myself!

Making a Heart

"I part my hands together, this is how I start; (heels of hands together)
I curve my fingers right around and I can make a Heart!

Valentine Poem

Five little valentines just for you
The first one says, "My love is true."
The second one says, "You have my heart."
The third one says, "Let us never part."
The fourth one says, "Won't you please be mine?"
The fifth one says, "'Till the end of time."

My Valentine Heart

When I say I love you (Point to lips)
It comes from my heart (Hand on heart)
You hear it in your ear (Point to ear)
And it sounds very smart (Point to head)
I love it when you're proud of me (Stand very tall)
You say it all day long (Stretch arms wide)
And when I hear you say it (Point to ear)
My heart sings a merry song (Hand on heart)



Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!

I love you in the morning,
And in the afternoon
I love you in the evening,
Underneath the moon…

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!

(To the tune of  Bingo)

There is a shape and it means love
And heart is it's nameo.
H-E-A-R-T, H-E-A-R-T, H-E-A-R-T, (spell the word out)
And Heart is it's nameo!
Continue leaving out a letter on each repeat and use a clap in place of the missing letter.


Tony Chestnut
Tony Chestnut knows I love you,
Tony knows, Tony knows,
Tony Chestnut
Knows I love you,
That's what Tony knows.

While singing, point to
different parts of your body, like this:

Toe knee chest nut (head)
Nose eye
Love (heart)
You (point to others)
Toe knee nose
Toe knee nose
Toe knee chest nut (head)
Nose eye
Love (heart)
You (point to others)
That's what toe knee nose.

Songs for Teaching: Another version of Tony Chestnut:

This is an adorable video of children doing  the longer version of Tony Chestnut.

Another Tony Chestnut video using a different technique.
Crafty Morning - Heart shaped animal masks. - Adorable elephant valentine for animal lovers. Too cute!


Education World
– Have a Heart: Valentine’s Day Across the Curriculum. Lessons plans and activities for K-12.


40+ Cutest Valentine’s Day Recipes for Kids


Crafty Morning Heart shaped cinnamon rolls

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