Saturday, February 15, 2014

toddler time: valentine fun


Our theme for Toddler Time today was KISSES & LOVE, in honor of one of my most favorite holidays: Valentine’s Day.

Mystery Box: When we opened the yellow box, we found a mailbox!

Inside the mailbox was a valentine for me from Froggie! Thanks Froggie! 

But wait, there are a whole bunch of valentines in here for YOU! (I bought the cutest Elmo valentines and wrote one out so each child could have one.)

All the children came up to pick a valentine and we did this rhyme:
Put your valentine UP, put your valentine DOWN
Hold your valentine and turn around!
Put your valentine UP, put your valentine  DOWN
Put your valentine down on the ground




Books We Read:
Where’s Nicky's Valentine? – Ziefert
Be Mine, Be Mine, Sweet Valentine- Weeks
A Kiss Like This- Murphy

LOVE-ly Valentine Rhymes:

Two Little Love Birds
2 little love birds sitting on a hill
One named James, One named Jill
Fly away James, Fly away Jill
Come back James, Come back Jill

Making a Heart
I put my hands together
This is how I start
I curve my fingers right around 
And I can make a heart!



Flannel Story: Four Little Valentines (another wonderful idea from Sunflower Storytime!)




4 little valentines were sent to my house
The 1st one said “be mine, from Mouse.”

3 little valentines full of love
The 2nd one said “you’re sweet, from Dove”

2 little valentines just for me
The 3rd one said “be my honey from Bee”

1 little valentine mailed with care
The last one said “here’s a hug, from Bear”



Puppet Rhyme: Five Kisses (from Flannel Friday of course! Check out The Storytime Lady and Storytime Secrets)




First I put five laminated clipart lips on the flannel board & we counted them together.

I have 5 kisses that I want to give away
Who should I kiss this Valentine's Day?
(pull out mouse puppet) Should I kiss a Mouse? 
(remove 1 pair of lips after each verse))

I have 4 kisses that I want to give away
Who should I kiss this Valentine's Day?
(pull out puppet) Should I kiss a Ladybug?

I have 3 kisses that I want to give away
Who should I kiss this Valentine's Day?
(pull out puppet) Should I kiss a Bumblebee?

I have 2 kisses that I want to give away
Who should I kiss this Valentine's Day?
(pull out puppet) Should I kiss a Spider?

I have 1 kiss that I want to give away
Who should I kiss this Valentine's Day?
Can I blow you all a kiss?



Craft : Valentine hearts with stickers AND heart finger puppets printed from Lakeshore Learning.




Despite yet ANOTHER winter storm yesterday, we had a great group today and everyone loved the program, especially the crafts. 



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