Fun worksheets for your little valentine!

Candy, sweet sayings, and pretty cards - don’t you just love Valentine’s Day!  I know that Preschoolers and Kindergartners love it!  And as a teacher, I also loved it because it gave my little students lots of practice writing their names as they signed the cards they distributed to their classmates, other friends, and family members.  In addition to fine motor skill practice, Valentine’s Day can be an opportunity to practice other school-readiness skills.  The Valentine’s Day worksheets will promote additional fine motor skills practice as well as pre-reading skills practice with visual discrimination, sight word recognition, understanding directional words, recognizing beginning sounds, and identifying syllables worksheets. 

Valentines Day worksheets

In addition to having fun with the Valentine’s Day worksheets, try some of the following activities that utilize the cards and candy so abundant during this fun holiday season.

Pre-reading and writing skills activities:

  • Ask your child to look at his collection of valentines.  A group of five to eight valentines would work well.  Look the cards over quickly yourself and then ask your child to find and circle a specific word that you see repeated on some of the cards.  For example, you will probably see the words be, my, valentine, love, or you on many of the cards your child receives.  He can use a different color crayon for each specific word.  The word be may be circled in blue, perhaps, and the word love circled in red.  You can extend this visual discrimination and early reading skill practice by requesting that your child write a list of the words he is searching for and record a tally mark for each word he finds.
  • Encourage your child to create his own valentines for special people in his life.  Small valentine-themed stickers can be used to enhance the drawings he creates as he decorates his cards.  Manipulating his pencil, crayon, and small stickers is a wonderful and fun way to practice fine motor skills.
  • If your child is ready, ask her to write a short message on the cards she creates using inventive spelling or transferring words from your written example page to her card.  You may begin to see that your child is remembering the conventional spelling for many frequently used words.  Or perhaps, your child will notice an element of conventional spelling as my grandson did when his valentine said “I LUVE YOU!”  Along with his inventive spelling, he recognized the need for a silent E at the end of the word love.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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