Every month the song/dance/activity will change. Many of the songs will be from my Recordings. Please print the page and do the activity with your child. Teachers may print the page to use with their classes. If you have questions, Contact Me.
by Carole Stephens © 2004
traditional tune: Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush
Listen to the whole song on Tiny Tunes or hear it here:
Children hear alot about Valentines Day this month. It's a nice time to emphasize FRIENDSHIP, whether you celebrate the holiday or not! This little dance and song is a gentle way to promote sharing, partnering, cooperation, and caring! It's nice to do AFTER the holiday is over, as it will make more sense to the young child once they've experienced it. But it's a great activity at any time of year!
Who will be my friend today?
You will be my friend today,
Make paper or felt hearts – I made 2 each – 4" hearts of pink, red and white felt, stuffed with a wad of cotton batting, hot glue the edges together. Give 1 heart to a child (the number of hearts depends on the number of participants) and they walk around the group during the first verse. Then they hand the heart to another child, taking that child by the hand to walk TOGETHER around the group during the second verse. Choose a new starter children, and begin again. I make it a rule to ask the children to pick someone who hasn't been around yet until EVERYONE's been picked once.
Age Range: 2 - 5 years old
Purpose: To promote sharing, friendship, and mixing with others. Dancing encourages children to think in sequences and follow patterns (pre-literacy skills,) and learn motor control. Partner dances require cooperation with another person.
Extension Activity: Make Friendship Hearts to decorate with stickers, markers, crayons or glitter. Give them to other family members, children, or people of the child's choosing.
Songs to couple with this one: Skinnamarink and Shake A Friend's Hand (both on Stinky Cake)