Sunday, February 16, 2014

Valentine Songs, Fingerplays and Feltboard Poems

Feltboard lightbulb moment: 
I use my feltboard quite a bit. We use it to act out fingerplays and tell stories. I have several in my class, and they are always in use! The other day, I needed to use one during small group and they were all in use. One of the kids had moved the heart shapes that were on the board over to a carpet square before using the board. I couldn't find an available board but realized the carpet square worked great! It provided just the right amount of traction for the felt! We used it and I think we'll probably use it often! 

Often what starts out as a fingerplay ends up being used on the feltboard or dramatized by my students. They love to have "parts" and frequently I'll have to do a single fingerplay several times so everyone can have a turn! Today, I'm sharing some of the Valentine's Day fingerplays we do in class.

Please note: most of these are poems and fingerplays that I have been doing for years. I may have gotten them in teacher magazines, online or from other teachers. The authors, if known, were lost along the way. If you are the author of one of these, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due! 

Five Little Hearts
Five 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, will you 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."

Five Little Valentines Waiting At The Store
Five little valentines waiting at the store.
_________ bought one and then there were four.
Four little Valentines shaped like a "V."
_________ bought one and then there were three.
Three little Valentines said "I love you."
_________ bought one then there were two.
Two little Valentines, this was so much fun
_________ bought one and then there was one.
One little Valentine sitting on the shelf.
I felt so sorry for it, so I bought it for myself! 

Five Pretty Valentines
Five pretty valentines with lace galore,
I gave one to__________,
And then there were four.
Four pretty valentines so lovely to see,
I gave one to __________,
And then there were three.
Three pretty valentines, made for each of you
I gave one to ___________,
And then there were two.
Two pretty valentines having so much fun,
I gave one to____________,
And then there was one.
One little valentine
waiting for a special someone
I gave it to____________,
And then there were none.

Five Little Valentines
One little valentine said, "I love you!"
_________ made another; then there were two
Two little valentines, one for you and me;
_________made another; then there were three.
Three little valentines said, "We need more."
_________ made another; then there were four
Four little valentines, one more to arrive;
_________ made another; then there were five.
Five little valentines, all ready to say:
"Please, be my valentine on this happy day!"

Five Little Valentines Having A Race
Five little valentines were having a race.
The first little valentine was frilly with lace.
The second little valentine had a funny face.
The third little valentine said, "I love you!"
The fourth little valentine said, "I do, too!"
The fifth little valentine was sly as a fox.
He ran the fastest to your valentine box.

Five Valentines 
Five cheerful valentines from the corner store
I gave one to ____________; now I have four.
Four cheerful valentines, pretty cards to see
I gave one to ____________; now I have three.
Three cheerful valentines with flowers pink and blue
I gave one to ____________; now I have two.
Two cheerful valentines-my story's almost done.
I gave one to ______________; now I have one.
One cheerful valentine-one and only one 
I gave it to _______________; now I have none.

Five big valentines from the corner drug store;
I mailed one to __________,  then there were four
four big valentines, so lovely to see;
I mailed one to __________, then there were three
Three big valentines, red, shiny, and new;
I mailed one to __________, then there were two
Two big valentines, the best is yet to come;
I mailed one to __________, then there was just one
One big valentine, the story’s almost done;
I mailed one to __________, now there are none.

Will you be my Valentine? 
While the group sits in a circle, one child walks around the inside of the circle while the rest of the group sing the song. He picks a special friend to dance with. At the end the friend that gets picked chooses a new friend to start until everyone has had a turn to have a partner.
(tune: London Bridges)
Who will be my Valentine, Valentine, Valentine? 
Who will be my Valentine, 
On Valentine's Day? 
__________ will be your Valentine, Valentine, Valentine. 
__________ will be your Valentine, 
On Valentine's Day!

Do You Know My Valentine? 
(tune: The Muffin Man)
Do you know my Valentine,
My valentine, my valentine?
Do you know my Valentine?
His/her name is _____________.

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