Let’s assemble heart letter puzzles for Valentine’s Day! Learning all those tricky uppercase and lowercase letters is hard for little learners, so let’s make it FUN and colorful! Adding some sensory experiences is a bonus.
Research tells us that play is the way kids learn best! I’m going to show you how to set up a play-based letter game that your kiddos will WANT to play again and again!
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Put it in a sensory tub!
I LOVE putting letter and number puzzles in a sensory tub! It just makes it fun and interactive for kiddos. This tub is just pink and red rice with a few sequins and heart gems thrown in. Add strawberry smelly oils to the rice, and it will awaken even more senses!
If you have three-year-olds, only use five to ten-letter puzzles (not the entire alphabet), so it’s not overwhelming.
For my pre-k kiddos who are ready, I hide all the letter puzzles or half of them.
Make their names!
Hide the letter puzzles needed to make a student’s name. Then they find the letters and identify them (and even say the sound the letter makes if they can). After they have found all the letters, students can create their names.
Now that they have found all the letters and completed the puzzles, they can trace the letters (aka fun handwriting). Writing letters is important for little learners. The more they practice writing the letters, the more their motor memory develops!
Don’t like worksheets? Laminate the page and have students trace the letters with their fingers or trace it with a dry-erase marker.
Need MORE fun Valentine-themed literacy and math centers? I’ve got you covered, so check out this post HERE and grab the FREE candy heart pattern strips.
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Need MORE heart printables for your little learners? Check out these from some of my favorite sites!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Valentine Hearts Ten Frame Clip Cards // Mrs. Jones Creation Station
Heart Digraph Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
Printable Valentine’s Math Activities // Stay at Home Educator
Alphabet Hearts // Playdough to Plato
Valentine’s Day Emergent Reader // Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten
Heart Syllable Sort // Recipe for Teaching
Candy Hearts Count and Clip Cards // Modern Preschool
Heartbreakers Sensory Activity // Sugar Spice and Glitter
CVC Hearts // The Primary Post
Valentine’s Day Number Recognition Bingo Game // Schooling a Monkey
Valentine’s Day Activities (Heart Craft & Cutting Practice) // Fairy Poppins
Heart Counting Cards // Powerful Mothering
Sorting Hearts Fine Motor Tray // Teach Me Mommy
Candy Heart Estimation Station // The STEM Laboratory
Contraction Conversation Hearts // The Simplified Classroom
Chocolate Heart Play Dough Mats // Fantastic Fun and Learning
Jar of Hearts: Editable Sight Words to Read and Write // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Hearts Make Ten Game // Sara J Creations
Heart Roll, Cover and Write Mats // Fun Learning for Kids
Heart Ice and Oil Density Experiment // Science Kiddo
Candy Heart Sentences // Pages of Grace
Heart Sight Word Match // The Letters of Literacy
Heart Name Crafts // Fun-A-Day