Saturday, February 18, 2012

Love and Kisses

Our toddler Valentine's Day storytime was the week before, since toddler time is on Wednesdays and Fridays at one of my libraries. We read I Love You, Mouse by John Graham, How About a Kiss for Me? by Todd Tarpley, and Zero Kisses for Me by Virginie Soumagnac.

We did Five Pretty Valentines as a flannel poem--another one that has been done by Flannel Friday folks:
Five pretty valentines sitting in the store,
I bought one, and then there were four.
Four pretty valentines waiting just for me,
Mom bought one, and then there were three.
Three pretty valentines--one is bright blue.
Dad bought one, and then there were two.
Two pretty valentines sitting in the sun,
Sister bought a valentine, and then there was one.
One pretty valentine standing all alone,
Brother bought that valentine, and now there are none.

I realized after I'd made these that one was supposed to be blue, so I stuck a blue construction paper heart on one of them temporarily, and I'll make a fancy blue one for the next time I use this one.

We also did a flannel song called Which Hearts Are the Same? sung to the tune of Happy Birthday.  This is another idea I got from one of my storytime resources, and I'll add the citation this week.  I and one my assistants cut out hearts of various colors--we kept one set and distributed the rest.  Children were asked to put their hearts on the board when they saw one of the same color there.  I put one of the colored hearts on a small flannel board, sang the song, and circulated through the crowd so children with the matching color could add theirs.  We repeated the song until everyone had a chance to add their hearts.  Simple, but fun.

Which hearts are the same?
Which hearts are the same?
Please tell me, please tell me,
Which hearts are the same?

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