With email becoming one of the main forms of communication over the past few years, writing and mailing letters seems to have become something of the past. This makes opening the mailbox and receiving mail even more exciting. My preschoolers love helping me open up envelopes, and even love sending their own mail. Preschool Valentines Alphabet Matching Games For Preschoolers are a wonderful activity for any mail loving children who are learning their letters.
This preschool valentine idea for letter identification is a great way to keep your learners engaged in a fun and educational activity during the exciting Valentine’s Day holiday!
What Literacy Skills Should I Teach My Preschooler?
Here are a few of the literacy skills you can work on with your preschooler:
- concepts of prints (how to hold a book, what direction you read in, how to use illustrations to help tell a story)
- identifying upper and lowercase letters
- tracing and forming letters
- the sounds letters make
How To Teach Literacy Skills:
Through hands on learning activities and reading books, you can teach a variety of important literacy skills to preschoolers.
Play dough letter mats are a fun activity where learners can work on practicing letter formation and strengthen their fine motor skills at the same time.
This Valentine’s Day activity for preschoolers is a perfect example of an activity that is great for practicing letter recognition.
What is included in this Preschool Alphabet Printable Matching Game:
This free printable Valentine’s Day Preschool matching game has a few different options. You can use all the colored or black and white pages together, or mix and match them!
- colorful letter envelopes
- black and white letter envelopes
- three capital letters for each letter (in black and white and color)
- three lower case letters for each letter (in black and white and color)
How To Use This Valentine Alphabet Activity For Preschoolers:
Print the version (colored or black and white) that you would like to use. I recommend printing on white card stock and laminating the pages for durability.
Cut out the envelopes and uppercase and lowercase letters.
Assemble the envelopes by folding on the dotted lines and gluing the flaps to the back of envelopes.
If your learner is just starting to work on letters, pick one letter envelope to start with, you can always add more letters as you go once your little one starts to master them or understand the activity.
Here’s an example:
Let’s say you decide to start with the letter “A”. Set up the envelope for the letter “A”.
Then, pick out all of the capital and lowercase “A” and add in a few other letters to the mix.
Have your child put all of letter “A”s that they can find.
Once they have mastered that letter, you can switch to a different letter, or add in another letter envelope.
You can eventually move onto creating some basic vocabulary words, sight words, or your child’s name with the envelopes.
There are really endless possibilities to this alphabet game for learning letters. You can choose whatever way that works best for your child and let them play this fun valentine letter game!
Other Ways To Use This Alphabet Matching Activity For Preschoolers:
- After you assemble all of the envelopes, glue them onto card stock and assemble them into a book. Store the hearts in a zip lock baggie and you have a fun alphabet letter sorting book to pull out when you need a quick, no-prep independent activity.
- Glue all of the assembled envelopes onto a piece of poster board in alphabetical order. This can be a great resource for many different activities.
- Print out images of animals, community helpers, or food. Work on identifying beginning letter sounds and organizing the pictures into the letter envelope that matches the sound.
- Practice colors by doing a color sort with the letters of the alphabet and envelopes that are in different colors.
- Use the letter hearts to create adorable valentines day crafts! Use the valentine themed letters to create your child’s name, write Happy Valentine’s Day, or another sweet message on a card.
- For a delicious candy heart snack you can use conversation hearts with your letter envelopes and sort them according to the letter that the phrase starts with.
- Each time your child puts a letter into an envelope, let them give you an example of a word they know that starts with that letter.