FEB
05
2010

# Prek Letter V

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

For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books:
ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses

Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter V on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here.

Worked on our letter V K4 Handwriting worksheet and our Letter V letter hunt worksheet:

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

Valentine Size Sort: Put these in order small to big or big to small then discuss which is largest, smallest and medium.

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 Puzzle: Cut along the guides for a fun 6 piece beginner’s puzzle!

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, 0.78 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.

(Please note, the original idea for this game came from Tot School and Carisa’s blog.)

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.

Capital/Lowercase Vv sorting: Simple, just sort out the attached uppercase and lowercase letters.

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.

Kumon ABCs Uppercase Write & Wipe Flash Cards, they also have lowercase cards and Numbers.

Family Fun Night: Have some Veggie’s with Ranch Dip And watch:
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More Letter V Fun and Crafts:

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For More Preschool Ideas and Activities visit Preschool Corner!

1. Thank you so much for posting this stuff early! I try to make my lesson plans the Saturday before for the entire week, and this will help me a lot! I appreciate you!

2. These are great!! There's so many of them too! I planned on doing Valentine's day activities next week, like many others, so these will be a great addition! Glad I got some colored ink recently so I can print these all out.

3. Thanks! I am planning on using these next week.

4. This is so wonderful…just like all your stuff! I don't know why I did not do it earlier..but I grabbed your button!Thanks!

5. Anonymous says:

Thank you so much for these activities! We love your blog!! It has been a real blessing for us in our schooling.

6. So neat – I just love your letter stuff even though we don't do letter of the week here. I hope that many preschool teachers out there get to reuse your ideas in classroom settings too.

7. I just wanted to thank you for sharing all the hard work you do on these printouts. I am soo excited to start using them this week with my 5 and 3 year old. I have 4 other children who keep me busy and this sure helps me out a lot. Thanks!!!Brandi

8. Fabulous! These are so wonderful. Thank you!!

9. You put so much into all that you prepare to share with everyone.

10. 1 says:

Yippe! Thanks for posting these early.

11. Wow, I have gone through this post several times trying to take in all of your wonderful ideas. Thank you so much for preparing, creating and sharing so many invaluable resources. What a blessing you are to so many.

12. Thanks – you have great activities!

13. Anonymous says:

you are such a blessing! I am so happy I found your blog. thank you for all of your hard work.

14. Anonymous says:

you are such a blessing! I am so happy I found your blog. thank you for all of your hard work.

15. I too am very happy that you posted these and will be using them with my kids. Thank you so much!

16. Thank you so much for these awesome printables once again!

17. Thanks for all of these great printables! I just have one question: how do you decide what order you teach the letters in? Just alphabetical order or vowels first etc?Thanks!

18. Megan: I do vowels first, then I don't have any specific order, just make whatever I have ideas for at the time!

19. You have the best ideas! thanks for sharing.Patricia

20. You have the best ideas! thanks for sharing.Patricia

21. You have the best ideas! thanks for sharing.Patricia

22. Love your Ideas….I run an in home daycare….can't wait to use some of your wonderful ideas for my daycare kiddos. Hope you don't mind if I follow your blog. Stop by and visit me sometime.

23. Sarah says:

Love it! Have you considered doing a less holiday-themed letter V unit? I’m doing letter v in December. That’s a little bit early for valentines! However, just having the ideas is simply amazing. Thank you for all you do!

• Rachel says:

Yes, I agree! We’re going to start it next week. Perhaps a violin theme?

24. Cathy Kenny says:

Hi again the V tracing page isnt’ opening it opens here http://www.4shared.com/web/acc/verifyemail

25. Hello! Thanks for posting this – I am adding a link/pic of the scavenger hunt (I love themed hunts!!!) to my post on Valentine’s / February Activities on Classic Children’s Books. Thanks!

http://familyliteracy2.blogspot.com/2014/01/february-heart-activities.html

26. lili says:

Thanks for all the cool stuff!!!!
Im trying to download the pages but am not able to. any suggestions??? Thanks!

27. Charlotte says:

I love these and would love to use them! I have a question though, did you change how to get the downloads. I’m on a Mac and it keeps saying that it’s not Microsoft Windows is not supported on OS X, I was wondering if you can still download these on a Mac? The last ones I downloaded was C is for Christmas and now I can’t download these. Any ideas on what I could do? Thanks!

28. Angie Weeks says:

Cute activities! I am unable to download the Valentine Number Match. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks!

29. Melissa M says:

Is there any way to have you send me a PDF of the Valentine Number Matchup. I am a preschool teacher and am having trouble downloading the link version on my work computer! I was hoping to use these in my classroom next week.
Thanks!

30. Mary S says:

I love your stuff. I too can’t seem to download your Valentine Number Matchup, the protection on my computer won’t let me download it for some reason. and was wondering if I could get the PDF file sent to me as well. I’d love to use it with my daughter. She loves hearts and this would be perfect for our Valentine’s Day week.

I understand if you’re too busy to be able to. You have a lot of great cute ideas and thank you so much for sharing them!

31. Shannon says:

Love all of this! I’ve been trying for days to figure out how to print the number match up hearts and cannot for the life of me figure it out. I got the 4shared account. Tried it from my laptop. Nothing. Got the app on my iPhone. Tried it from their to the printer. Nothing. What’s the secret!? 🙂 You’re blog was a great find! Yay, Pinterest! 😉

• erica says:

Hi Shannon, if you send me an email I can give you screen shots of where to click. So you click the small download button on the first screen, then the one that says “free download” on the second screen. Then you have to wait for the download clock. After that you’ll get a link to download now. I’m so sorry they make it so hard! It didn’t used to be like that, but unfortunately they’ve sold out to advertising…