A Valentines Song for Your Child

If any of you have been around a two year old, you have probably heard the words, “That’s Mine!!!”

Sharing is a concept that can be difficult to understand for these little people (even for some big people I know) but it’s never to early to model how to be a friend.

What better month than February to teach your kids how to be  friendly with a holiday like Valentine’s Day? (Check out the friendship bracelets and song from last year here. )  I have invited Bee  back to help us learn how to share with a little song she wrote called, “The Switching Song.”

But before we sing- let’s get an idea of how to make some Valentine’s shakers with your little ones that they can shake and share!

The easiest option for me were the already made shakers I found at Target for only ONE dollar! It is an easy instrument that can be decorated easily with stickers and great for younger children with small attention spans.

A Valentines Song for Your Child A Valentines Song for Your Child A Valentines Song for Your Child

Another idea is making your own shaker by taking a bottle you have at home and filling it with anything that makes a cool sound.

A Valentines Song for Your Child

We have been using a lot of glitter over here so, I chose to use glitter and small hearts and lips that I got from a craft store to fill up the bottle.

A Valentines Song for Your Child

We had fun making several variations and listening to their sounds.

A Valentines Song for Your Child

A Valentines Song for Your Child

A Valentines Song for Your Child

Before I share with you a few additional ideas- let’s have you take a listen to “The Switching Song.”

Remember, you may have to explain to your child that they will each play their instrument until Bee sings the phrase,  “Will you switch with me please?”  Then they are to switch with another person. If they are younger, it  may take a few times to figure out- especially if they are attached to whatever they are switching. Let them know they will get it back eventually at the end of the song. I also love that she reminds us to say “thank you and please” which are also great friendly words that kids can use with their friends!

Wasn’t that fun? It will be in your head for the rest of the day guaranteed.

Okay, back to additional shaker ideas:

I also found these heart ornaments at a craft store and thought they would be perfect to for Valentines so we filled them with glitter and hearts. Be aware that this needs to be superglued together!

A Valentines Song for Your Child

A Valentines Song for Your Child

Additional items you can put in your shakers are slips of paper with what you like about the other person. It helps children think about complimenting others and also increases self-worth when they know the things someone else loves about them.

A Valentines Song for Your Child

Remember that you are your child’s best example. If we can model being friendly then they are more likely going to do that on their own. A little practice doesn’t hurt so listen to this song over and over!

Try it out with your child and let me know what you think!

A Valentines Song for Your Child

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xo

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  1. February 5th, 2013 at 9:07 am
    Missy says:
    I just LOVE these songs! What a fun way to teach toddlers about love and sharing.
    Thanks Bee and Cristi!
    • February 5th, 2013 at 12:50 pm
      Cristi says:
      I know Missy- me too- My little guy is loving the song...and so am I! :)
  2. February 5th, 2013 at 9:30 pm
    Carlee says:
    Great ideas! I have two toddlers that need lots of help sharing.Thank you! Love the song by "Bee", too!
  3. February 6th, 2013 at 9:06 am
    Shelley says:
    Ah! THE GLITTER! I want to bust out the glitter right now. It makes me happy. Such a cute song. On my list to do with the kids today.
  4. February 11th, 2013 at 11:12 pm
    Gloria Flores says:
    I"m making these with my grandkids, what a fun idea and song!
  5. February 14th, 2013 at 1:26 pm
    Stephanie says:
    Love those tiny little Self-Esteem building slips of paper. Teeny love notes! As an aside, I can never resist a post that includes Bee's music. Am I crazy or have I heard her voice on commercials before?
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