This week is always one of my favorite weeks of the year for teaching, especially first and kindergarten. Both classes discover "Little Heart/Valentine" and "Big Heart/Heart-Beart" rhythm and beat differences. They respond to hearing the beat or the rhythm by patting the beat and clapping the rhythm. Students get to pick one to play on the drum while the other students discover and react to what it is.
One of my favorite Valentine's Dances is to the tune "Bow Wow Wow." 1-2-3 Who can it be? Will you be my Valentine? 1-2-3.
Other singing games I use are "Circle Round the Zero" and "I Sent A Letter."