Preschool Valentines Day Packs (Free Resources)
There are so many wonderful free Valentine’s Day resources for preschoolers out there. I thought I’d highlight a few in case you’re planning to pull some Valentine’s activities out for the kids in the next couple of weeks:
This Reading Mama: Matching letters and sounds, math grid game, maze and more
Over the Big Moon: Prewriting Practice Sheets, Cutting Practice, Which one is different, Finish the Pattern Sheet, Size Sequencing Sheet, Valentine Strip Puzzle, 4-piece Puzzles, Sorting Practice, Counting Practice Cards, Color the Heart, Letter and Sound Finding Cards, 2-Part Vocabulary Cards, Shadow Matching, Letter Vv Identification, Valentine Matching, Valentine Magnet Sheet, Letter Vv Sorting
Two Teaching Mommies: Valentines Day Pack: Patterns, Letter sort, Number order, writing maze and more
Me and Marie: Hugs and Kisses Learning Pack includes upper-lower case letter matching, tracing practice, counting mat, size sort, bingo and more
I used to use a lot of the resources at Making Learning Fun when my kids were little. They have activities for most any theme you can think of. Here are their Valentine themed activities. I used a lot of their literacy and math activities… like ABC dot-to-dots, color in the letter, addition clothes pin cards, and lots more.
Valentine’s Activities from Making Learning Fun
And here are some of the resources I talked about last year around this time:
This year I came across a blog that has a wonderful set of Valentine’s resources. There’s everything from meal planners to preschool and toddler packs; acts of kindness we can do with our kids, coloring sheets, crafts, cards and recipes. Be sure to go check out Jamerrill’s amazing post over at The Better Mom: Free Valentine’s Day Resources:
The Wrinkled Heart Activity
Another thing I plan to do this coming week is The Wrinkled Heart Activity. I first found this wonderful idea at ProTeacher. It’s something I did with the kids a couple of years ago when we were studying the heart and circulatory system. It is an activity that shows how hurtful words and actions can linger; it reminds us to be kind and gentle with our words.
Before I read Chrysanthemum to the kids (since that’s the book I had on hand), I cut out a heart.
Then after we read the book we talked about the things the mice said that were hurtful (and I made folds in the heart) and things we’ve said to each other that have been hurtful (more folds) and things that they’ve heard others say that might be hurtful (more folds).
We then talked about things we say that are kind (unfold). We said as many kind things as we could until the heart was unfolded.
Then we talked about how the heart was still wrinkled and how the hurtful things we hear can linger for a while in our heart. We hung our wrinkled heart in the homeschool room as a reminder to be kind to one another.
Other books you could use with this activity (suggested by the teachers over at ProTeacher):
- Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie DePaola
- Willy the Wimp by Anthony Brown
- Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
- Timothy Goes to School by Rosemary Wells
- Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill
- How to Lose All Your Friends by Nancy Carlson
- Mr. Peabody’s Apples
- Sweet Briar Goes to School by Karma Wilson and LeUyen Pham
- Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
My kids can always use a gentle reminder to speak kindly to one another!
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