Are you throwing a kids’ party for Valentine’s Day and looking for a fun playlist? Or maybe you have been looking for some songs for Valentine’s to listen to in the days leading up to Valentines? Today, I’m going to be sharing some songs to add to your Valentine’s playlist that are good for younger children!
Valentine’s Day Playlist:
- I Can Be Your Friend, Veggie Tales
- You’ve Got a Friend in Me, Randy Newman (featured in Toy Story)
- Lean on Me, Bill Withers or Club Nouveau
- Mail Myself to You, Woodie Guthrie *this was a favorite with my kindergarten music classes
- Friend like Me, Aladdin
- Thank You For Being a Friend, Andrew Gold
- I’ll Be There, The Jackson 5
- Count On Me, Bruno Mars
- Eight Days a Week, The Beatles
- A Tisket, A Tasket, Ella Fitzgerald
Here are some ways to use your Valentines Playlist:
Valentine’s Day Cake Walk
Have you done a cake walk before? If you have been to a school carnival, chances are good that you have! You can create your very own Valentine’s Cake Walk! If you have never done a cake walk, here’s what you’ll need:
- music (check out the playlist below)
- numbered hearts for contestants to walk on (or you can use regular paper)
- all of the numbers written out and placed in a baggie to draw the winning number
- prizes for the winners (could use Valentine’s candy, cookies or cupcakes, or non food items like pencils or glow sticks)
Once you have gathered your materials, arrange the hearts in a circle (or a heart) and have each child stand on a numbered paper heart. Then, start the music. As the music plays, everyone walks around the circle. Pause the music and have everyone stop walking. Draw the winning number from your baggie. The child on the corresponding number is the winner of that round! They can select a prize from the prize table. You can play as many times as you’d like!
Valentine’s Day Freeze Dance/movement activity
Any time we get a chance to do freeze dance, we take it. Freeze dances, and other movement activities, are great ways to keep children active. They are also good for those times as a teacher when your class needs a break, or you have finished your lesson and still have a few minutes left. If you haven’t done a freeze dance before, it’s really simple. Just start the music, then have students freeze when you pause the music. As a movement activity, you can have students match their movements to the ones on the screen.
P.S. In case you haven’t seen this cute father/daughter rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend In Me,” be sure to check it out! It’s so cute!
Are you a teacher looking for more fun activities for Valentine’s Day? Check out some of these resources below:
- Valentine’s Day piano puzzle poem a fun freebie from Sara’s Music Studio!
- Valentine’s Day music activities flipbook from Emily Conroy on TpT
- A-Tisket, A-Tasket jumbo rhythm chart (coloring puzzle pages), currently a freebie from SillyOMusic on TpT!
- my Valentine’s Music Activities from my store on TpT