Inside: Keep your toddlers and preschoolers engaged with this printable Valentine’s Day circle time prop. Make one heart stick puppet for each child to hold while reading and singing!
This printable Valentine’s Day heart prop is simple to assemble and fun for young children to hold during circle time.
Simply cut the hearts from paper, tape to popsicle sticks, and give each child their own heart stick to hold.
Perfect with your Valentine’s Day theme!
❄️ Scroll towards the bottom of this page to find the link to the free download!
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Printable Valentine’s Day Circle Time Prop
During the first two weeks of February our theme is Valentine’s Day, including friendships and feelings.
The heart shape is a nice symbol for all three of those ideas, so I decided to create a prop that can be used with a variety of circle time activities.
You all know how I love simple, and this prop is exactly that.
Assembling the Valentine’s Day Circle Time Props
What you will need:
- Popsicle sticks or Jumbo Craft Sticks
- Scotch tape
- Printable Valentine’s Day prop (scroll down to find the link)
I suggest either printing these on heavy paper or laminating them for extra durability.
Make enough copies so that you have one heart for each student and yourself.
Cut out the desired amount of hearts. I’ve provided three different colors – red, pink and purple – so you can vary the colors or use just one.
Gather your popsicle or jumbo craft sticks.After cutting them out, tape them to the top of a popsicle stick.
Using the Valentine’s Day Props During Circle Time
Gather your children at circle time.
Before reading Valentine’s Day books, reciting rhymes, or singing Valentine’s Day songs, hand each child a heart stick puppet.
They can hold these during the circle time session.
Sometimes I like to first get them familiar with holding the prop.
I will tell them to tap various body parts with their props, such as their heads, their noses, their knees, and their toes.
Then, invite your students to hold their heart sticks while you sing a song, recite a rhyme, or read a book.
Here is some of what we will be doing:
Valentine’s Day Songs and Music (Everything Preschool)
CLICK HERE to get my Valentine’s playlist!
I’ve found that props are even more important when teaching through a screen.
You can see how I use them in my online video snippets which are on my virtual teaching resource page.
I send my props home in a take-home packet that each child gets every two weeks.
More Heart Ideas
Art/Fine Motor: Heart Painting Using Toy Cars
Table Activity: Valentine’s Day Left-to-Right Activity (Free Printable)
Sensory: Frozen Hearts Sensory Play
Cooking: Heart Brownies
Literacy: Valentine’s Heart Letters
Colors: Hearts Color Matching Activity (Free Printable)
Fine Motor: Heart Template – Can Be Used As a Coloring Page
Valentine’s Day Classroom Set Up
See how our toddler and preschool classroom has been set up for the Valentine’s Day theme in previous years:
More Circle Time Resources
Valentine’s Day Learning Activities
9 Valentine’s Day themed activities that are great for the classroom as well as home!
9 Activities (34 Pages):
- English/Spanish Color Hearts
- Count and Match Bears Cards
- Counting Bear Cards
- Color Heart Half Matching
- Lacing Hearts
- Uppercase and Lowercase Matching Hearts
- Chocolate Box Shape Matching
- Valentine’s Day Writing Note Cards
- Trace and Color “Happy Valentine’s Day” Sheet