Valentine’s Day-Toddlers

Books

A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy
Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! by Doreen Cronin
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You by Jane Yolen
If You’ll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant
The Littlest Things Give the Loveliest Hugs by Mark Sperring
Mouse’s First Valentine by Lauren Thompson
My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
We Love You Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Flannel Boards

Fingerplays

Bread and Butter “I Love You” Chant
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam,
Let’s say “I Love You”
As quietly as we can.
“I Love You”

loudly…
quickly…
slowly…
high…
low…

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

Music

Skinnamarink by Sharon Lois, & Bram
Always a classic.
There’s A Little Wheel A-Turning In My Heart by Laurie Berkner
wheel turning-roll your arms
clap hands
stomping feet
barking dog-woof woof
eyes blinking
sleeping-rest your hands on your head
truck honking-boop your nose
wheel turning-roll your arms

The Valentine Tree

I went on the hunt this year for a new Valentine themed flannel board because I was getting board with what I had. I found this one on a blog called “I Never Grew Up“, was charmed and immediately set out to make my own. I used a little bit of embroidery to make the flowers on the one heart.

Adapted by Jean Warren from a story by Marion Schoeberlein

I know a very special tree
That lives among the pines.
It has no leaves upon its boughs,
It just grows valentines.

It grows some pretty red ones,
And others that are blue,
It grows some fancy lace ones
With flowers on them, too.

It grows some little pink ones
And great big ones of green.
It grows the nicest valentines
That I have ever seen.

One day, I walked up to it
And shook that special tree.
Down fell a valentine
Especially for me!