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Age Appropriate Valentine's Day Celebrations in Early Childhood

By Melina Marin, Lead Teacher, Sunflower Pre-School

This week the Sunflower children are enjoying a new puppet show called "The rabbit and the carrot". This is an adapted folktale from China about a little bunny who finds two carrots and decides to share one with his friend donkey, then donkey shares it with his friend deer and so on until at the end, miraculously, the same carrot appears in bunny's front door again. This tale of friendship, sharing and caring, and positive deeds resonates perfectly with preschoolers offering a valuable message and tying nicely with the Valentines mood. 

Valentines celebrations are kept very simple and age appropriate for early childhood children. Card, sweets or gift exchanges are saved for the grade school when it is most appropriate and pre-school and kindergarten children celebrate by making simple crafts to take home to share with their family and making cookies.

I hope this Valentine's Day, you can find simple acts of kindness to share with your loved ones!

Kind hearts are the garden, 

Kind thoughts are the roots,

Kind words are the blossoms,

Kind deeds are the fruit.

Take care of your garden, 

and keep out the weeds.

Fill it with sunshine, 

kind words and kind deeds.

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