Be My Valentine Program

A storytime! A craft! An excuse to wear an obscene amount of red and boogie down with a bunch of three to five year olds!  It was a good day.

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Welcome Opening Song — The More We Get Together (x2)
With signs for more, together, happy, and friends.

Action Song —  We Clap & Sing Hello!
[to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”]
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With all our friends at storytime,
We clap and sing hello!

… wave and sing hello
…stomp and sing hello
…jump and sing hello
….sit and sing hello
(from Storytime Katie)

Paper Stories by Jean Stangl

Paper Cutting Story — The Wind & the Red Paper Square & The Wind from Paper Stories by Jean Stangl
Simple story (and a nice simple paper cutting story for a newb like me!) about shapes.


Fingerplay: I Can Make a Heart
I put my hands together, (hands together like praying)
This is how I start
I curve my fingers right around, (curl fingertips; pull palms slightly apart)
And I can make a heart!

(from Perpetual Preschool)

This one was difficult for little fingers so we practiced it several times, before deciding that it was a good one to practice more at home.

Book — My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
Lovely, bright illustrations in this wonderful book!

Fingerplay/Stretch — Make a Heart (x2)
Make a heart up in the sky.
Make it tall.
Make it wide.
Make a heart close to the ground.
Make it small,
then sit down.

(from King County Library System)

Action Song — Skinnamarink a Dink a Dink (x2)
Skinnamarink a dink a dink, skinnamarink a doo, I love you.
Skinnamarink a dink a dink, Skinnamarink a doo, I love you.
I love you in the morning and in the afternoon.
I love you in the evening underneath the moon.
Skinnamarink a dink a dink, skinnamarink a doo, I love you
I love you truly, I love you, I love you madly, I love you!

Book — Never Too Little to Love by Jeanne Willis

Transition — Giraffe Stretch (x2)
A Giraffe is as tall as tall can be (stretch arms way up)
He eats leaves right off trees (open and close hands of out-stretched arms)
His legs are long and his neck is too. (point to legs and neck)
And he can run faster than me or you. (run in place)

(from youthliterature.com)

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Flannel/Felt/Guessing Game –Little Mouse, Little Mouse, Valentine Edition (x2)
Sorry for the awful photo, but hopefully you get the idea.

Action Song — If You Love Someone & Know It Clap Your Hands
If you love someone and know it, clap your hands
If you love someone and know it, clap your hands
If you love someone and know it, and you really want to show it,
If you love someone and know it, clap your hands

(repeat with blow a kiss, give a hug, and all at once)

Book — Be Mine, Be Mine, Sweet Valentine by Sarah Weeks
Such a sweet and fun book!

Craft

Paper plate Valentine Hats
(wherein I learned that 3 year olds have much larger noggins than I anticipated)

Dancing with the Scarves

(I srsly called it this, like, 17 times.  And giggled a little each time.)

Scarf Dance
[to the tune “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush”]

Wave the scarf above your head,
Above your head, above your head.
Wave the scarf above your head,
Then drop it on the ground.

Stretch your arms up to the sky,
to the sky, to the sky.
Stretch your arms up to the sky,
Now make a clapping sound.

Pick the scarf up off the ground,
Off the ground, off the ground.
Pick the scarf up off the ground,
Then twirl and dance around!

(from King County Library System)

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Songs from The Second Line by Downing

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2 thoughts on “Be My Valentine Program

  1. I would love to see the cut and tell story mentioned in this post RED PAPER AND THE WIND. Unfortunately the link results in an error message. Can you provide another link?
    Also, I would to know how to find the flannel board LITTLE MOUSE,LITTLE MOUSE, VALENTINE EDITION.
    Your site is like finding the gold at the end of the rainbow!

    • Well, darn! The link seems to have moved and a quick search for another online source for the The Wind and the Red Paper Square cut and tell story is proving fruitless. It can be found the old fashioned way in the book Paper Stories by Jean Stangl.

      As for Little Mouse, Little Mouse, Valentine Edition, I’ve included a photo of the felt I made, with coloured hearts and a mouse to hide behind them (instead of the coloured houses used in the traditional Little Mouse, Little Mouse flannel/felt). I just said “Little Mouse, little mouse, are you behind the red heart?” and chose different coloured hearts and/or asked the kids what colour to look behind until we found the little guy. Hope this helps!

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