Friday, February 14, 2014

Flannel Friday: 5 Hearts, 3 Ways

I will be the first person to admit that Valentine's Day is not my favorite holiday, but I knew my storytime families were excited to celebrate it, so we did! I never would have been able to pull it off this week without some help from the Flannel Friday community, so thank you so much. To partially repay my debt, here are 3 ways to use the same 5 hearts all ideas from the bloggers credited below. These hearts were cut out on our Ellison machine. I had grand plans to decorate them but as you can see--that didn't happen. In a way, it worked out because they are much more versatile not being decorated as valentines.

Put the hearts on the board
I put the hearts on the boards with "Red Heart, Red Heart, What Do You See?" which I discovered via a link on Brooke's blog. You go "Red Heart, Red Heart, What Do You See?" "I see a blue heart looking at me!" And so on. You could end with "I see a Valentine looking at me and decorate one special heart.

Flip the hearts over to reveal the word "heart" 
If you used puffy paint to write H-E-A-R-T on the reverse sides of the hearts, then you could sing "H-E-A-R-T" to the tune of "BINGO." This is a bit much for my toddlers, so we skipped this. A couple children's librarians had blogged this song, and I can't remember which one I saw at from first. I like to listen to the songs so I'm linking to a YouTube version. You will then be able to flip one heart each verse (to the blank side) so everyone knows when to clap.

Take the hearts off the board
I took the hearts off the board with the Valentine's Day themed version of "Down Around the Corner" from Mel's blog.

The books I read this week were:
Guess Who: A Foldout Valentine's Adventure by Lola Schaefer
Be Mine, Be Mine, Sweet Valentine by Sarah Weeks
The I Love You Book by Todd Parr
A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy (I think next time I'll do I Kissed The Baby though)

We also did "If You Love Me & You Know It" (via Mollie) as a Valentine's themed version of our regular opening song, "If You're Happy & You Know It," as well as "Two Little Lovebirds" (via Tara).

This week's host for Flannel Friday is Meg from Miss Meg's Storytime.

1 comments:

I actually don't mind the holiday,but there are very few "valentine" books well written for preschoolers. So I also focus on books about love. This year in addition to your suggestion of Love Monster, I used "Dog Loves Books" and "Mr. Pusskins"-which has an awesome cover and a very cute story that the children reacted to very well. It has become a personal challenge to find books to use near this holiday!