How do you get a bunch of three- and four-year-olds interested in shapes? Celebrate Valentine’s Day in preschool all month long! While these bright, engaging posters might appear to be classroom display, we know better. The best way to engage preschoolers is to draw them in with enticing themes, games, and hands-on activities.
Free Printable Valentine’s Preschool 2D Shapes Poster for Classrooms will catch the eye of every young learner. You’ll definitely want to leave them up long after the conversation hearts find the trash and the paper hearts and tissue paper flowers come down.
This 2D shapes poster printable set includes way more than any valentine worksheet. In just a few clicks you’re going to get 12 large (8 1/2 x 11) shape posters for your preschool classroom, 12 small half-page (8 1/2 x 5 1/2) shape posters, and 12 quarter-page shapes for a favorite Valentine’s Day themed game of I Spy! AND two leveled I Spy game boards! Enjoy this FREE Valentine printable today and for weeks to come.
Valentine Themed Activities
Learning shapes is a super important foundational skill in math. When we get students interested in identifying and naming shapes in preschool, we help them be successful in kindergarten and beyond.
Incorporating a Valentine’s Day theme ensures that the students will be interested in learning shapes. As they learn about the holiday, it’s traditions and vocabulary, valentine themed shapes then take on meaning and can be stored in that “valentine” file in their brains, which later becomes the “math” file.
Learning academic concepts through a valentine theme is fun for both students, parents, and teachers.
Other ways to include Valentine’s Day into preschool lesson plans in February include:
- Share valentine poems, songs, stories
- Learn to read/write common valentine terms (love, red, pink, give, cupid, etc.)
- Teach students about symmetry with paper hearts
- Learn about valentine traditions around the world
- Engage students in color science with some primary color mixing
- Delve into anatomy by learning and labeling the parts of our real hearts
How to Use the Free Printable 2D Shape Posters
There are 12 shapes included in the free 2D posters: circle, square, oval, pentagon, triangle, heart, rhombus, octagon, trapezoid, parallelogram, hexagon, and rectangle.
These posters provide way more than just classroom decorations. Use them to introduce all 12 shapes, or to practice recognizing, naming, spelling, and describing the shapes (depends where your unique learners are at).
All you need to do is print and protect. I recommend sliding the large posters into plastics sleeves because it’s quick, easy and effective. You can also laminate if you prefer.
The possibilities for teaching and learning with the preschool Valentine’s Day printables are limitless.
- Create a bulletin board for easy review of the shapes during math or circle time each day.
- Play “musical shapes” by passing a few at a time around the circle. When the music stops, the students with the shapes must hop up and call out the shape they got.
- Use the mats as counting mats. Roll one or two dice, count an object (candy hearts, maybe?) onto the mat, and repeat.
- Improve fine motor skills by having students trace the shapes with play dough, dry erase markers, or their fingers.
- Practice cutting the shapes.
- Create shape booklets for each student with the half-page shapes by printing, cutting and stapling. Consider laminating the pages before stapling if you really want your students to engage with their shape books regularly.
- Make a class book by binding the posters into a book.
How to Play I Spy Valentine Shapes
There are two different levels included in the I Spy preschool valentine printable. Students that are familiar with all 12 shapes can use the mat that includes all 12 shapes.
Students that haven’t been exposed to all of the shapes yet can still play I Spy using the six-shape mat which includes the basic shapes: circle, square, rectangle, triangle, rhombus, and oval.
To play, print the small “I See a/an…” pre-k valentine printable shape pages on white construction paper/card stock and cut them apart. Laminate the cards if desired.
Then, hide the valentines themed preschool shapes around the room. Students will use their game card to cross off the shapes they find.