Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentine Fun

I wanted a quick, fun activity to help celebrate Valentine's Day with my second grade classes today. I recalled taking a screenshot of an idea someone shared in a Facebook group. It was a take-off on "Bow, Wow, Wow." They had changed the lyrics for Valentine's. I found the picture I had taken and got busy getting the activity ready.

Suggested lyrics:
  • 1, 2, 3.
  • Who will it be?
  • Who will be my Valentine?
  • 1, 2, 3.
I had loved the idea of the movement activity, in which students stand in a circle, perform movements with one partner, and end by facing a new partner. I decided to tweak the lyrics a little to make the final lyrics different from the first line.

Tweaked version:
  • 1, 2, 3
  • Who will it be?
  • Who will be my Valentine?
  • Let me see!
Next, I created a PowerPoint presentation that included music notation (created in Sibelius). I included a slide for students to identify "mi-re-do" at the end. Also, I made up some silly lyrics to help demonstrate the movements we would be performing.

Movement lyrics:
  1. Pat, pat, pat.
  2. Shrug shoulders now.
  3. Join your hands and circle round 
  4. Wait, wait, turn!
  1. Pat hands with partner 3 times.
  2. Hands out, as if to ask a question, and slightly pulse the 3 beats.
  3. They actually just trade places, instead of circling all the way around.
  4. Cover eyes on "Let me" and then turn quickly in place & uncover eyes to discover who the new partner will be.
Students stand in a large circle and face a partner. After they join hands and switch places, they will turn at the end to face a new partner. Song/movements repeat until students return to their original partners.

You can grab a copy of the PowerPoint presentation at the link below:

Here is a video clip of second graders having fun with this activity. (We literally spent 15-20 minutes on this, so it really was quick!) The class was an inclusion class, and the children with special needs were able to participate with success. (I used a filter to protect the privacy of students.) 


  1. I made up some silly lyrics to help demonstrate the movements we would be performing.

  2. Wow, these kid valentine days lyrics you have shared here and at are so cute. The tweaked version sounds more fun and intersting then the casual one, great post btw, thanks for the share.

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