Story Time

Happy Valentine's Day
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
Audience
• Toddler • Pre-school
Books
Valentine's Day by:Anne Rockwell
The children in Mrs. Madoff's class make special Valentine's cards to send to a friend in Japan and to share at their classroom celebration.
If you'll be my Valentine by:Cynthia Rylant
A little boy gives Valentines out to friends and family
Valentine Mice! by:Bethany Roberts
An energetic group of mice deliver valentines to the other animals.
Pigs in Love by:Teddy Slater
Pig knows how to say "I Love You" on Valentine's Day.
Mouse's First Valentine by:Lauren Thompson
Mouse watches his sister making a valentine and wonders what it is
Sweet Hearts by:Jan Carr
A young girl celebrates Valentine's Day by making and hiding paper hearts around the house for her family to discover. Includes directions for making hearts and a brief history of Valentine's Day.
Biscuit's Valentine's Day by:Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Lift-up flaps on each page reveal the mischief a puppy gets into as he and his girl make some special Valentine's Day deliveries.
Little Bear's valentine by:Else Holmelund Minarik
Little Bear looks forward to giving his mother a valentine and to figuring out who the secret admirer is who sent him one.
Songs
5 Little Heartrs
(Author Unknown)
5 little hearts, all in a row.

The first one said, "I love you so."

The second one said, "Will you be my Valentine?"

The third one said, "I will, if you'll be mine."

The fourth one said, "I'll always be your friend."

The fifth one said, "We'll all be friends until the very end."
I'll Make a Valentine
(Author Unknown)

Sung to:London Bridge

This one is easy too, I cut hearts out of colored felt, and outlined
the edges with glitter glue. The kids love the sparkles and the rough
texture.

I'll make a bright red valentine,
Valentine, valentine,
I'll make a bright red valentine,
And give it right to you.
I'll make a little blue valentine,
Valentine, valentine,
I'll make a little blue valentine,
And give it right to you.
I'll make a yellow valentine,
Valentine, valentine,
I'll make a yellow valentine,
And give it right to you.
I'll make a shiny green valentine,
Valentine, valentine,
I'll make a shiny green valentine,
And give it right to you.
I'll make a sparkly pink valentine,
Valentine, valentine,
I'll make a sparkly pink valentine,
And give it right to you.
Won't You be My Valentine?
Won't you bee my Valentine?
(point at each other)

And buzz away with me?
(pretend to buzz around)

We'll bumble along together

because your my honey bee!
(blow kisses)

BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!
Skidamarink
Skidamarink a dink a dink,
Skidamarink a doo,
I love you.

Skidamarink a dink, a dink,
Skidamarink a doo,
I Love you.

I love you in the morning,
And in the afternoon,
I love you in the evening,
And underneath the moon,

Oh, Skidamarink a dink a dink,
Skidamarink a doo,
I Love You!
Ten Little Valentines
Sung to: Ten Little Indians

One little, two little, three little valentines.

Four little, five little, six little valentines.

Seven little, eight little, nine little valentines.

Ten little valentines in a row!
Craft
Easy homemade valentines
by Amanda Formaro

http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/valentine_homemade.html

These cute little Valentines are much easier than they look! Whether you use construction paper or card stock, the results will be charming and your child will be very proud. A perfect gift for teachers, the babysitter, or even a best friend.

Age
3 and up

This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
What You Need

8.5 x 11 construction paper or card stock in various colors and/or patterns
Valentine and/or heart stickers
scissors
pinking shears (optional)
glue stick or white craft or school glue
glitter (pink, red, white)
What You Do


Begin by cutting a piece of construction paper or card stock into four equal pieces.
Fold quartered paper in half to make a card.
For the easiest version, appropriate for preschoolers, use stickers to decorate or cut out hearts from a different color of construction paper or card stock to glue onto your cards. Experiment with different patterns, florals look great contrasted with stripes on a solid background.
Younger children love glitter! Use a bottle of glue to ?draw? on a heart or phrase (such as ?Be Mine?). Sprinkle glue generously with pink, red or white glitter and let dry over night. Tap off excess glitter when completely dry.

For the older set, let them use pinking sheers to cut out heart shapes and glue onto cards. Again, use contrasting patterns and colors to create a charming design.
Once glue is dry, cards may curl up a little. Place cards between the pages of a heavy cookbook or phone book and leave over night.

Helpful hints

Finding the perfect paper. Card stock is available in literally hundreds of different designs. The scrap-booking aisle at your local craft store has individual sheets or pads of various colors and patterns. Caution, these papers can get costly, watch for sales or purchase these papers with other projects in mind as well. Construction paper is inexpensive and children love it just as much.

Save on stickers. Discount department stores, such as Wal Mart and Kmart carry a large variety of stickers. You may also want to check your local dollar store.
Other
Family Fun
I did this project with a small group of children one year at my home for family friends. It was tons of fun but very messy. I don't think that I would try this for a traditional classroom or program setting. However, it's a wonderful project for families.

Valentine's Keepsake!
http://www.billybear4kids.com/holidays/valentin/hand/hand.htm

Things you will need:

Heart Shape Container (cake pan, or plastic container large enough for your child's hand print)
Play Dough (I like to use Scuptley Clay for this)
Plaster
Mixing Bowl (use an old one)
Paper Clips
Acrylic Paint

INFORMATION about the Heart Shape container: During the Valentine's Holidays, most food stores sell their cakes and cookies in throw away heart shaped tins with plastic tops... these are perfect for this project!

Take your heart shape container, we used a heart shape cake pan. (If you are lucky enough to live near a craft store, you may be able to find a plastic heart shape container - plastic for this project is easier to work with.) I still have the plaster hand print that I made in kindergarten, some 40 years ago. At that time a small paper plate was used.


For Scupltey Clay, kneed the clay with your hands to soften. Then put the clay in one area of the heart container and press just enough so the clay will stay in one area of the container. You also want to make sure that all of the edges of the clay are attached to the container so the plaster does not flow between the clay and container. Have your child press their hand into the clay. You may want to help with this step by helping them press their fingers down into the clay. Press hard enough so that the hand's impression is left in the clay.


After the impression is made, mix up the plaster as the instructions say. I buy the half gallon size at Kmarts. I like it, because it is easy to re seal and use again for other projects. Slowly pour the plaster, starting in the hand print area. Add enough plaster, about 1/2 inch thickness, in your container. Hold the container with both hands and tap on a flat service to release any air bubbles and to make sure that the plaster fills your child's hand impression in the clay. Bend the paper clip slightly and set in the plaster (if the paper clip starts to sink too deep, remove it and wait a couple more seconds, then try again.). The paper clip is what you will use to hang your child's hand print, so place it in an area near the top. You may want to add 2 paper clips, and use a wire so the hand print keepsake will hang straight.


As the plaster starts to set, the plaster will feel warm. Wait until the plaster is cool to the touch, then carefully take the plaster out of the heart shaped container. The plaster may still feel warm to touch depending on when you take it out of the container. Wait until it is cooler before taking the clay out of the plaster. If you try to do this too soon, you will end up with a real mess as some of the clay will have softened and will stick to the plaster!


After the plaster has been allowed to set up, give it a few hours (I like to wait over night before doing the next step) This step is OPTIONAL. Use a red acrylic paint (or another color may be used) and paint the top of the plaster, try not to get any paint in the area where the clay was, or where your child's hand print is. Some like to keep the entire Keepsake Hand Print the natural color of the plaster. Painted or natural, either way, this Valentine's Keepsake is a real "keeper!" A master piece to treasure for years!