Love and Kindness Storytime

With February comes Valentine’s Day…. but if you read my blog you know I’m not a fan of holiday themes. However, while Valentine’s Day isn’t universal, love and kindness are.

Books

for the tots

Thank You, Bees by Toni Yuly

A Kiss Means I Love You by Kathryn Madeline Allen

Say Hello! By Linda Davick

How Kind by Mary Murphy

for preschool+

Salam Alaikum by Harris J

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Activities

“Skinnamarink”

“Skinnamarink” is a classic. I love this song because the sounds are great for phonelogical awareness and the simply motions are accessible to tots.

“Skinnamarink”
Skinna-marinky dinky dink, skinna-marinky doo. (Sway gently)
(point to yourself) love (cross arms across chest) you! (Point to a child)
Skinna-marinky dinky dink, skinna-marinky doo.
(point to yourself) love (cross arms across chest) you! (Point to a child)
I love you in the morning, and in the afternoon.
(Sway from side-to-side, arms crossed over your chest)
I love you in the evening, and underneath the moon. (Open your arms wide)
Oh, skinna-marinky dinky dink, skinna-marinky doo.
(point to yourself) love (cross arms on your chest) you! (Point to a child)

“Will You Be a Friend of Mine?”

This is a little tune that you can sing over and over again with different action words. It will get the tots moving and you can use “…sit down…” for your final word to get everyone ready for the next story.

“Will You Be a Friend of Mine?”
(to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
Will you be a friend of mine, friend of mine, friend of mine?
Will you be a friend of mine and [insert action word] 
around with me? jump… bow… clap… hop on one foot…

“I Have a Little Heart”

This rhyme is similar to “Skinnamarink” in that it has simple motions for the tots to imitate. I also think this is a great one for parents to take home because it is very sweet.

“I Have a Little Heart” 
I have a little heart, (place hand over heart)
And it goes thump, thump, thump (pat chest three times)
It keeps right on beating,
When I jump, jump, jump (jump three times)
I get a special feeling, when I look at you. (point to child)
It makes me want to give you a hug or two. (hug yourself)

 

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