I wanted to post this letter early, so you would have time to prepare your valentines week! So, welcome to the Letter V where we’ll be having fun with Valentines!
Letter V Memory Verse:
“Verily, verily I say unto you, he that believeth upon Me hath everlasting life.” John 6:47
Target $1 Bin Finds: I found these great heart ice cube trays in the dollar bin at Target. The candy wasn’t $1, but I got it to use as sorters and counters. We’ll use the heart trays to sort by color, and possibly by number. I’m going to put numbers on the heart stickers and have her put them in numerical order, they can also be sorted by size and by color. Later we’ll use them to decorate a large letter V.
Valentine Graph: I found this fun idea on FunFrugalMommy, and had to try it with our stickers. You can download my graphing chart here.
Valentine Match-Up! This is a 2 page printout, leave one together as the game board, and cut up the second one into pieces so you have a matching game. Goal: Match up the identical designs!
Valentine Number Matchup! This game is for counting practice. Simply cut out along the lines so you end up with squares. Have your child match up the cards by matching the number of hearts to the card with the appropriate number on it. (We ended up putting hearts on ours.)
Roll A Valentine! I found this idea on Play 2 Learn Printables, and had to make one for my alphabet collection! The game is simple, cut out the pieces (they’re on pg2 not shown here). Roll the die and place the piece of the puzzle indicated by the number rolled. Its a fun way to practice number recognition skills! I like these fun Giant Soft Dice
Valentine Coloring Page: We color this, paint it, or use markers. I found some that fit my 3 year old well, they’re called Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers. They’re shorter and easier for her to use. These pictured are chubby markers, they also make a skinny version. I got mine at Wal-mart.
Letter Poking Page: I found this fun idea on Activity Mom. Instead of tracing, we are going to use a toothpick, or we have these cute Oversized Push Pins, to poke holes through the paper in the shape of the letter. Print on regular paper for easier poking, and do this one on carpet 🙂 Another idea would be to hole punch along the lines of the letter as well. Both work on motor skills!
Vv Tracing Card: This is new, I made it for kiddos who aren’t quite ready for my pre-writing or writing practice books. Its large and easier to trace. You could use markers, or laminate and use with Expo Dry Erase Markers
Letter V Scavenger Hunt: Fill the box with things that start with V! Some ideas: valentine, velcro, vaseline.
Valentine Pre-Writing Practice: I laminate this and use with Expo Dry Erase Markers for pre-writing practice skills.
Valentine Pattern Activity: Just use the pieces to practice pre-math pattern skills.
Valentine Counting Skills: I laminate this, cut along the horizontal lines and hole punch in the top left corner and bind with a keyring to make a booklet. I then place a velcro dot on the blank side of each card and put the opposite velcro dot on each of the number cards (last page of download). She’ll then place the number 1 card on the card with 1 heart on it and so on. Here’s a sample from my Letter F activities.
Valentine Magnet Page: I use this with a cookie sheet and these pom-pom magnets I made from pom-poms and self-sticky magnets from the craft isle in Wal-mart. I also use these magnets from Amazon: Power Magnets, 0.75 inch Diameter, Assorted Colors
Valentine Letter Matching: This is a fun letter matching activity, that practices both upper and lowercase letters recognition! If you’re looking for more challenge, use the uppercase card with the lowercase letter disks or visa versa! (The download includes upper and lowercase letter disks and activity cards) Click here to see the process of making the letters.
Valentine Lacing Card: I make sure to laminate this one for durability, then punch with a hole punch every inch or so for lacing practice. Teach them patterns to do with this as well, like up from the bottom each time, or in-out-in-out sewing. Whatever pattern you can think of.
Valentine Graphing: I laminate this and then have them either color in the dots with Expo Dry Erase Markers, or put bingo markers or little valentine heart candies on it.
Valentine Floor Numbers: I made these large floor numbers so that we can play a hopscotch type game. I call out a number and she jumps to it! You could also have them put the cards in numerical order. The number cards go from 1-10.
Vv Do-A-Dot Worksheet: We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!
Valentine Cutting Practice: Simple print and let your child try cutting along the lines!
Valentine Color Puzzles: I cut these little guys out then cut them in half in as many interesting ways as I could think of to make tiny color matching puzzles.
11 x 11 Pin Geoboard: We use these to make letters, numbers, shapes etc!
Foam Letter Builders: I cut the shapes from foam and let her use them to make the letters. You could also use my Magnetic Letter Builders as well!
Finger Tracing Paint Bag: This is simple and fun, I filled a bag with tempura paint, you could also use cheap shaving cream. Then I’ll tape it to her desk for her to practice writing her letter on using her finger. You could also skip the bag and put shaving cream on your counter if you’re feeling brave ;o) After we do the letters we do numbers, shapes, and whatever else we can think of!
Letter Collage Worksheets: The download includes letters A-Z as well as a collage idea sheet. We use the collage items as objects to decorate our letters for an alphabet book. We also color, paint, and stamp them. Since we use both upper and lowercase, I have provided both for you! Click here to download the Letter Collages:
Color Cubes: I use our Large Alphabet Lacing Cards to serve as templates for our 1″ building blocks. We pick 2 colors of blocks and do a pattern as we form the letters! We also use them for lacing practice, but this was a variation since I’ve been making the shaped lacing cards too! Click here for more fun with Creative Color Cube Activity Cards
Letter Bead Lacing: I’ll put an index card in this box with the word “valentine” so she knows the order of the letters. I got my lacing beads from Lakeshore Learning but these look more fun to me: Bead Bazaar Lacing Kits – Alphabet Lacing Kit
Vegetable Painting: Dip different vegetables in paint and use them to stamp on paper. Cut mushrooms, green peppers, or heads of lettuce in half for interesting shapes and patterns. Slice off the end of a carrot for a polka-dot stamp. Dip and roll a whole cob of corn across the page.
Play Balloon Volleyball: A good friend of mine over at 7renfros suggested a fun game called “Balloon volleyball”, its basically a toddler-friendly version of regular volleyball. Kids take turns batting a balloon up in the air, with the goal of trying to keep it off the ground as it floats downward. You can shout out words that start with the letter “V” each time you hit the balloon! Thanks Melissa, great idea!
Letter Hunt: I created some Letter Hunt worksheets that you can download.
Family Fun Night: Have some Veggie’s with Ranch Dip!
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