Look at my Valentine’s Day Activities for Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten for fine motor, literacy, & math ideas for February! Spread some love around your classroom with these fun, Valentine-themed activities to encourage letter recognition, strengthen fine motor muscles, and improve math skills. Keep reading for tons of ideas, tips, and a HUGE FREEBIE!
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Valentine’s Cards! Make Valentine cards for loved ones with stickers and heart cutouts. Add in the word cards from the Valentine’s Centers so students can copy words onto their handmade cards. Also, practice cutting out hearts for some added scissor skills, making this an excellent activity for writing and fine motor practice!
Place the heart cutouts (available in the Valentine’s center unit) in a tray for easy access. Set out lots of stickers and Valentine-colored markers for a fun writing and fine motor activity.
Heart Names! Use the same heart cutouts from above to make heart name banners for some Valentine’s decorations! Students practice cutting and writing their names while creating a cute banner. Place a trash bin at the table to make clean-up easier!
Name Rainbow Write! Place a large piece of butcher paper on the table and draw hearts all over. Place student name cards on each heart, and students can write or trace the letters in their names with a rainbow of colors!
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Heart Letter Match! Place red butcher paper over the table and draw hearts all over it. Then write one letter in each heart and have students find matching letter manipulatives to put inside the hearts. Use whatever kind of letter manipulatives you have in your room. Here are my favorite to use! The paper hearts pictured are in the Valentine’s Math & Literacy Centers unit. Plus, students will be up and moving since this covers the whole table!
Chocolates Letter Match! Use an empty chocolate tray for this fun letter-matching activity! After you eat all the chocolate, put letters inside each opening. I used white and red circle stickers to mark the letters. Then students find the matching letter manipulatives and place them with each corresponding letter.
Heart Shape Puzzle! Beforehand, make a heart in PowerPoint and print out or draw a large heart on white paper. Then give students a variety of foam shapes and have them fill in the heart. Nothing can go outside of the lines! It’s a new spin on a traditional puzzle and a great way to develop spatial reasoning! You can make your own foam shapes and glue them on or use these foam stickers for a less messy option!
Love Graph! Practice graphing, counting, one-to-one correspondence, and so much more with this pretty love graph! Make a large graph together during circle time, and then students survey each other, creating graphs with tally marks on their own papers. Print on colorful paper to make it even more fun!
Chocolate Roll & Fill! Here is another excellent use for an empty chocolate tray! Students roll a die and count the dots. Then they place that many manipulatives into the chocolate tray. I used brown pom poms and plastic hearts for my manipulatives! Add in tweezers for extra fine motor practice!
If you have students that are excelling at math, you can give them 2 dice and have them practice simple addition problems. Then, they place the sum of the two dice in the chocolate tray.
Pattern Block Valentine’s Math Mats! Practice spatial reasoning and fine motor skills with these Valentine’s Math Mats! It comes with 2 versions; one with the pattern blocks inside and the other is blank. Engage students in learning about 2D shapes with these hands-on Valentine mats. Sneek in some handwriting practice with the traceable word at the bottom!
Valentine’s Math Mats! Little learners will LOVE these Valentine-themed math mats! Practice fine motor skills, shapes, spatial reasoning, and more! The Valentine’s Day activity freebie comes with math mats for pattern blocks, linking cubes, pom poms, geoboards, and playdough! All mats also feature a tracing word telling what each Valentine object is.
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Conversation Hearts Play Dough Tray! Students can make conversation hearts or cupcakes out of play dough and then place letters on them. Little learners will explore letters while building fine motor and social skills. To make this activity a little more advanced, encourage students to spell names or sight words on their play dough creations! I love using these trays, so everything is easy to grab and stays organized for my students.
Valentine’s Slime! Get your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students excited with some Valentine’s slime! Make slime and add heart glitter for a fun Valentine’s twist! Another idea is to give students scissors for some added scissor skills practice!
Valentine’s Sensory Bottles! Your students will love these cute Valentine’s sensory bottles! Click the link to get the full directions to make these fun bottles. I like to use these clear bottles when I make mine, but you can use any clear bottles you have on hand. Lastly, be sure to superglue or hot glue the lid closed to deter little learners from opening the bottles.
Valentine’s Sensory! Make a Valentine’s-themed sensory table with a large chocolate box for students to fill! Place hearts to encourage collaborative play, building social skills, problem-solving skills, and oral language. Check out my post on how to dye rice here. Add in plastic hearts, scoops, measuring spoons, and other fun manipulatives that you have on hand!
Heart Letter Puzzle!Practice matching uppercase and lowercase letters with this fun heart letter FREEBIE! You could place the cards in the sensory table, in a pocket chart, or on a large table to have students find the matches. For more ideas, check out my blog post here!
Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating the ones you love, and I hope you love these engaging Valentine’s Day Activities for your preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten students! Don’t overthink things; if you see something you don’t have, just use another manipulative that is available! Kids don’t care and will love the activities no matter what!
Don’t forget to grab the FREEBIES! Valentine’s Math Mats and Heart Letter Puzzles!
Check out the Valentine’s Math & Literacy Centers to get tons of resources for your students!
Want MORE Valentine’s ideas? Check out my post about Valentine’s Centers here!
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