Valentine’s Day Song for Toddlers
I have a great use for those heart-shaped boxes of Valentine’s Day candy – especially if you’re working with a small group of toddlers – or even a child with his mom and a sibling!
Sit on the floor in a circle.
Introduce the activity by showing everyone the heart-shaped box and saying something related to hearts and/or Valentine’s Day to match the child’s developmental level. For a child who is minimally verbal, I say something like, “Look! What’s that? It’s a heart! See… heart! We have hearts for Valentine’s Day. Let’s play a game with this heart.”
Pass the heart around the group as you sing this song to the tune of “Frère Jacques” or “Are You Sleeping?”
“Pass the heart, pass the heart, all around, all around.
Valentines are coming.
Valentines are coming.
To our town. To our town.”
At the end of the song, ask, “Who has the heart?” Have everyone point and say the person’s name who is holding the heart. Encourage the child to say “Me!” or his/her own name.
Passing the heart to other children and watching it make its way around the circle also targets joint attention and participation – a few buzz words to include in your documentation for therapists!
In case you’re wondering… some years, I decide that “Valentines” is a mouthful for any toddler and stick to singing “Hearts are coming.” Some years, I lapse back to using the name for the holiday, especially if my current little friends go to daycare and preschool and will hear the word “Valentine.”
Regardless, this little song is a fun way to introduce a holiday-themed social activity!
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