Love/Valentine’s Day – Preschool

Opening Song

Clap Everybody and Say Hello!

Clap everybody and say hello!
Clap everybody and say hello!
Clap everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Stomp everybody and say hello!
Stomp everybody and say hello!
Stomp everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Jump everybody and say hello!
Jump everybody and say hello!
Jump everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Books

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Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

Themed Rhymes

Valentine, Valentine

Valentine, valentine, turn around.
Valentine, valentine, touch the ground.
Valentine, valentine, blow a kiss.
Valentine, valentine, swim like a fish.
Valentine, valentine, give a hug.
Valentine, valentine, jump like a bug.
Valentine, valentine, find your feet.
Valentine, valentine, take your seat.
Source: Artsy Toddler Storytimes: A Year’s Worth of Ready-To-Go Programming by Carol Garnett Hopkins

Valentine in a Box
Valentine in a Box Sits So Still. (crouch down)
Wont you come out?
Yes, I will! (jump up)
Source: Toddler Storytimes II by Diana Briggs

Little Heart

I have a little heart, (place hand over heart)
And it goes thump, thump, thump (pat chest three times)
It keeps right on beating, When I jump, jump, jump (jump three times)
I get a special feeling, when I look at you. (point to group)
It makes me want to give you a hug or two. (hug yourself)
Source: Toddler Storytimes II by Diana Briggs

Animal Kisses

Bunny kisses: rub noses
Butterfly kisses: brush eyelashes on cheek
Puppy dog kisses: a little lick on the cheek!
Goldfish kisses: suck in your cheeks and kiss on the lips!
Billy goat kisses: gently bump foreheads
And of course…
End with a big bear hug!
Source: Mel’s Desk

Valentine’s Day

Hug a friend, hug a friend, hug a friend today. (hug self)
Valentine’s day is here to stay. Let’s celebrate all day!
Blow a kiss, blow a kiss, blow a kiss today. (blow kisses
Valentine’s day is here to stay. Let’s celebrate all day!
Jump around, jump around, jump around today. (jump)
Valentine’s day is here to stay. Let’s celebrate all day!
Dance and Clap, dance and clap, dance and clap today. (dance around and clap hands
Valentine’s day is here to stay. Let’s celebrate all day!
Source: Artsy Toddler Storytimes: A Year’s Worth of Ready-To-Go Programming by Carol Garnett Hopkins

Valentine Valentine

Valentine Valentine
Gushy Gushy Gooooooooooo
Valentine Valentine
Always saying I love y…o….u!
Source: Everything Preschool

Activity Songs

Skinnamarink by Sharon, Lois, and Bram
Twist and Shout by Songs for Wiggleworms

Take Home Craft

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Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song. We are learning it in sign language.
Counting to 20.

Closing Goodbye Song

See you later, alligator

See you later, alligator (Wave goodbye)
In a while, crocodile
Give a hug, ladybug (Hug yourself)
Blow a kiss, jellyfish (Blow a kiss)
See you soon, big baboon
Out the door, dinosaur (Point straight ahead)
Take care, polar bear
Wave goodbye, butterfly (Wave goodbye)

Observations

The kids got a hoot out of Crankenstein Valentine and they were all soon doing Crankenstein’s noise with me. They also really enjoyed the “Valentine in a Box” rhyme and the gushy “Valentine Valentine” rhyme. For the “Valentine Valentine” rhyme, we started the rhyme off softly and then progressively got louder.

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Love/Valentine’s Day – Toddlers

Opening Song

Well Hello Everybody, Can You Touch Your Nose

Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
Touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
touch your nose?

Well hello everybody can you touch your toes,
touch your toes, touch your toes?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your toes,
touch your toes?

Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy, rub your tummy?
Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy?

Books

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A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy
LOVE from the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Traditional Rhymes

This is Big Big Big

This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk

Clap, Clap, Clap Your hands

Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them now with me
Clap your hands, let me see
Clap your hands with me

Beep, beep, beep your nose
Touch, touch, touch your shoulders
Tap, tap, tap your knees
Shake, shake, shake your feet

Soft Kitty

Soft kitty.
Warm kitty.
Little ball of fur…
Happy kitty.
Sleepy Kitty.
Purr, Purr, Purrrrr.

Themed Rhymes

I Can Hug

I can hug, hug, hug.
I can hop, hop, hop.
I can kiss, kiss kiss.
I can stop, stop, stop.
I can nod my head yes, yes, yes.
And I can shake my head no, no, no.
And I can sit down very low.
Source: King County Library System

Valentine, Valentine

Valentine, valentine, turn around.
Valentine, valentine, touch the ground.
Valentine, valentine, blow a kiss.
Valentine, valentine, swim like a fish.
Valentine, valentine, give a hug.
Valentine, valentine, jump like a bug.
Valentine, valentine, find your feet.
Valentine, valentine, take your seat.
Source: Artsy Toddler Storytimes: A Year’s Worth of Ready-To-Go Programming by Carol Garnett Hopkins

Valentine in a Box
Valentine in a Box Sits So Still. (crouch down)
Wont you come out?
Yes, I will! (jump up)
Source: Toddler Storytimes II by Diana Briggs

 

Activity Songs

Skinnamarink by Sharon, Lois, and Bram
Twist and Shout by Songs for Wiggleworms

Take Home Craft

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We made our own heart flowers.

Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song
Counting to 10.

Closing Goodbye Song

The Goodbye Train is Leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving, the goodbye train is leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot

Observations

This was a shorter storytime, as my little munchkins were refusing to sit for very long. To keep their attention I did different actions for both of the books. The kids favorite part was the action rhyme, “Valentine in a Box.”