How many times has this scenario happened to you? You’ve prepped for the next school day. You have your classroom ready, the correspondence sent that needed to be sent, and you’ve updated all of your centers…or so you thought.
The following morning you enter your classroom ready for the new day and realize that you forgot to switch out the activity in your ABC center. You think on your feet well…that’s one of the things that makes you a great teacher and parent! That’s where this Easy Valentine Alphabet Heart Activity comes in and saves the day! You can create this ABC center activity with supplies you already have on hand.
Easy Valentine Alphabet Heart Activity
Being flexible and accommodating is what makes us great teachers, wives, and mothers, right? That’s one thing I like most about this Easy Alphabet Heart Activity. It can be created on a whim and is still an effective tool for alphabet practice.
This activity is perfect for the month’s of January and February, leading up to Valentine’s day. Kids love themed activities and we love to make them! If you’d like to use this year round, just change the theme and stickers for the activity and you’ll instantly have an effective ABC center ready to go!
I would suggest this activity is suitable for preschool and kindergarten. My preschooler was busy for about 20-30 minutes. Not only was he practicing his letter/sounds but his fine motor muscles were getting a workout too each time he peeled off a sticker.
To start, gather your materials.
- construction paper
- alphabet cards or magnetic letters
- grab bag or basket for alphabet
Quickly draw a large heart by free hand and cut it out. If you aren’t sure about your free hand drawing ability and you’d feel more comfortable, then sketch a large heart on paper and then cut it out.
Use a marker or sharpie and write uppercase and lowercase letters scattered about the heart in no specific order.
How to use this Valentine Alphabet Heart Activity
Pull a letter out of a grab bag or basket. Read the letter and say the letter sound. You might even challenge your children by asking them to say a word that begins with that letter.
Find the letter on the heart and cover it up with a heart sticker. This is great one-to-one correspondence for letter identification. The activity continues until all letters have been covered up on a heart sticker.
It’s the simple things like this Easy Alphabet Heart Activity that makes preparing the day to educate children a little easier, especially when the classroom or homeschool room gets hectic and we need a meaningful activity for children to work on in an instant! Your children will really enjoy this activity and you will be glad for it’s simplicity too!