Love (Feb 2024)

Books we read

Count to Love by Andrea Davis Pinkney (baby and toddler)

Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (baby, toddler, and preschool)

We Love Each Other by Yusuke Yonezu (baby and toddler)

Love by Stacy McAnulty (preschool)

Songs we sang


Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do
I love you

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do
I love you

I love you in the morning
And in the afternoon
I love you in the evening
Underneath the moon

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do
I love you

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, if you’ll be mine.”

The fourth one said, “I’ll always be your friend.”

The fifth one said, “We’ll be friends until the end.”

Credit: Jbrary

Early literacy tip

Read books that your kids love. It is okay to read the same book over and over again because repetition is great for their development!

Flannel board

I know a very special tree,

That lives among the pines.

It has no leaves upon its branches,

It just has Valtneines.

It grows some pretty red ones,

And others that are blue.

It grows some bright yellow ones,

And pink and white ones too.

One day, I walked up to it,

And I shook the special tree.

Down fell a Valentine,

Especially for me!

Credit: Inspiration from Storytime Shenanigans


We used paper, markers, crayons, and foam letter stickers to make cards for our loved ones and they all turned out very different and very adorable.

How it went

I had a couple of other books planned but this was such a high energy week for the kiddos that I ended up reading one of the books I had planned for toddlers to the preschoolers. They had fun and that is all that mattered. They loved helping me put the hearts up and pretend to shake the tree to get the Valentines down and the craft was a huge success.