Valentine’s Day-Toddlers


A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy
Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! by Doreen Cronin
Group Hug by Jean Reidy
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
Love from Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
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


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”


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


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!

Valentine’s Day-Babies

For Valentine’s Day I stay away from the more obvious commercial tie ins as well as the religious aspect. Instead, I focus on love.


I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette by Rossetti-Shustak
Kiss by Jonathan Litton
Love You: A Pop-Up Book by David A. Carter

Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays

I Bounce You Here
I bounce you here, I bounce you there
I bounce you, bounce you everywhere
I tickle you here, I tickle you there
I tickle you, tickle you everywhere
I hug you here, I hug you there
I hug you, hug you everywhere

One I Love You
One I love you, two I love you, three I love you so! Bounce baby
Four I love you, five I love you, rock you to and fro! Rock baby side to side
Six I love you, seven I love you, eight you love me too! Bounce baby
Nine I love you, ten I love you, my bouncing buckaroo bounce really quickly!

Tiny Little Babies
Tune: Shortenin’ Bread

Tiny little babies love bouncin’ bouncin’
Tiny little babies love bouncin’, yeah
Tiny little babies love bouncin’, bouncin’
Tiny little babies love bouncin’ so
Bounce to the left, bounce to the right
Now hug that baby nice and tight!


There’s a Little Wheel a Turnin’ in My Heart by Laurie Berkner
We follow right along using the motions suggested by the song.
Tony Chestnut by Carol Hammett
The following are the motions that go along with the words. Point to each body part.
Tony = toes, knees
Chestnut = chest, head
Knows = nose
I = eyes
Love you = hug baby