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Valentine's Day Alphabet Matching Game

With Valentine's Day upon us, here is a fun and colorful way to practice letter recognition with your little one(s).  Use this hands-on Valentine Theme Alphabet Matching Game Printable to work on abc recognition with your toddler, preschooler, and/or Kindergartner! 

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Valentine Theme Alphabet Matching Game Printable


Enjoy this low-prep alphabet matching game printable to use with your other preschool Valentines activities.  However, it would be a great one-on-one activity to teach letter recognition with your toddler, too.

Or, adjust this alphabet matching game to work on letter sounds and it can be used with Kindergarten kiddos!

Alphabet Matching Game Printable


This versatile alphabet matching game printable is great for hands-on learning!   I'm all about setting up easy and quick learning games, so whether you are using this during a Valentine themed week, shapes theme, and/or just because you need a quick abc recognition activity, this is a great way to learn and play today!


Supplies:


  • Heart Match & Cover Printable


Valentine Printables for Preschool



This print and play alphabet matching game makes it a quick and easy Valentine's Day activity for preschoolers (or toddlers & Kindergartners!)

First, choose and print, the uppercase matching printable or lowercase ABC matching printable.

Place it in a page protector to save it for later/ to keep it clean.  (Because it's always when I DON'T think a mess will happen, it does.  Go figure!)

Provide your child with letter manipulatives.

Encourage your child to pick up a letter, identify the name and/or sound of the letter, and then find its match on the Heart Match and Cover Printable.  

abc recognition Valentine printable for preschool

As much as this alphabet matching game printable is low-prep, it's quick to play, too!  The ease in setting up this valentine's day activity for your preschooler won't take away from the other fun valentine theme activities you may have planned for the day!  

This preschool valentines activity is a great way to learn and play today!  

Valentine Theme ABC Recognition

To extend learning, once your child has matched all the letter manipulatives on the printable, call out letters to your child and have him/her find the letter and take it off.  

This is a great way to "clean up" and get extra use out of the printable before putting it away!


Preschool Valentine Activity

For an extra sensory experience, hide the letter manipulatives in a simple sensory bin or add fine motor skills practice by having your child unwrap each letter first like we did in this activity. 

Or, hide the letter manipulatives around the room and have your child go on a little scavenger hunt to find the letters prior to completing the matching game.

As you can see there are plenty of ways to take a simple activity such as this Valentine theme alphabet matching game printable and tailor it to meet the needs of your kiddos!




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More Preschool Valentine Activities:

"You're A Star" Valentine's Day Treat Bag Toppers

These easy Valentines Treat Bags make the perfect little gift for friends, neighbors, or family this Valentine's Day.  Grab the FREE printable bag toppers, add a few sweet treats or small toys and you have a sweet and thoughtful Valentine to gift for anyone on your list!  


Valentine's Day Treat Bags
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Valentine's Day was always fun to celebrate as a kid.  Book work was pushed aside as our class played Valentine's themed games, ate valentines treats, and passed out Valentines to fellow classmates.  

Fast forward to our first year of our homeschool co-op and I didn't plan anything.  Yup, #momfail!  Year two, I knew better and went above and beyond by MAKING valentines treat bags my kiddos could pass out to their friends.  

Luckily for you, I am sharing the treat bag toppers I made for you to use, too!  These printable "You're A Star" treat bag toppers make these Valentine's treat bags super simple to make!  


Valentine's Day Treat Bags



Grab a few materials, a valentines treat, and print the treat bag toppers for an easy Valentines treat bag.  

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How to Make These Valentines Treat Bags



These "Valentine, You're a Star" treat bag toppers are versatile for boys and/or girls.  Friendly and sweet, but not over the top mushy, ya know what  I mean?!

Print out the treat bag toppers.  There are four toppers, so print out as many pages you need for the number of kids you are giving them to.

Grab enough cellophane bags, scissors, and stapler.  Cut apart the bag toppers.

To assemble the treat bags, fill the cellophane bag with your desired treat.  Cut 1/2- 3/4 of the bag.

Take a teat bag topper and fold it in half.  Place it over the bag and staple both ends in place.

Voila!  Treat bag assembled!  


Valentines Treat Bag Toppers

OH!  One more thing, simply have your child write his/her name on the back of the treat bag topper to share who gave them this Valentine's Day Treat Bag!  

My daughter has her own name stamp, and so she just quickly stamped the back of each treat bag and they were ready to be passed out!  We made sure we had enough (+ a few extra just in case) for each child in her co-op class, so we didn't fuss with writing names out.  THAT saves time!! 

Filling the Valentines Treat Bag


Inside each treat bag, we chose to put a few starburst candy and star confetti.

You may not want to put candy inside a treat bag, so here are some other ideas:
  • star stickers
  • make your own star crayons
  • plastic star ring(s)
  • star sunglasses
  • ...  anything star themed! 



Valentine Treat Bag


My kiddos were so excited to pass these out last Valentine's Day!

These Valentine's Treat Bags came together pretty fast-- they were simple to put together and are versatile to what you can/want to fill the treat bag with!








Snowman Pom Pom Painting Craft


This preschool snowman craft is perfect to make during the cold winter months.  It's a low-prep snowman arts and crafts idea and is great for little hands!  Just grab 4 materials and you can make this cute snowman craft with your little one, too!

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preschool snowman craft

Sometimes it is just too cold or the snow isn't snowman material, but you have a little one eager to make a snowman right now!!  What are you to do?

The next best thing to making a snowman outside with real snow, is to make snowman arts and crafts inside!

This preschool snowman craft is easy to make.  No major preparations needed!  Just grab a few simple household materials and your little one can make this cute pom pom painted snowman craft, too!

Preschool Snowman Craft


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Enjoy making this cute snowman arts and crafts activity! 


To make this simple preschool snowman craft, pinch a pom pom with a clothespin.  

Dip the pom pom into white paint.

On a sheet of construction paper, have your child make pom pom prints.  

Encourage your child to make a large circle on the bottom, a medium circle in the middle and a small circle on top to resemble a snowman shape.

pom pom painted preschool snowman craft

Next, add eyes, nose, smile, and more with a smaller sized pom pom.


Pinch a small pom pom with the clothespin.  

Dip the pom pom in black paint and make eyes, a mouth, arms, hat, and buttons.

Use another pom pom to make a carrot-like nose with orange paint.

Attach another pom pom to make a scarf.

preschool snowman craft

If desired, add some snowflakes around your snowman!  

Isn't this simple snowman craft adorable?  

snowman arts and crafts

Add this preschool snowman craft to your list of winter theme ideas!

More Winter Theme Ideas





10 Cool Christmas Paper Crafts for Kids


Over the years, we made so many crafts with different mediums, but somehow, we always return to paper crafts! Same thing happens over holidays and we end up making so many Christmas paper crafts! From simple cut and glue, to origami and quilling Christmas themed decorations, we love to make all of them!

Christmas Paper Crafts


Hi friends! Tis the season for all things crafty, right? I'm happy to have Maggy from Red Ted Art sharing with us, again! Knowing my love for children's literature, Maggy once put together an awesome collection of Story Inspired Kid Crafts. She is your gal for easy and fun crafts for the kiddos! With Christmas around the corner, enjoy these Christmas Paper Crafts kids can make! Fill the tree, decorate your house, and keep the kids busy over break with these fun Christmas paper craft ideas!

Christmas Paper Crafts




  • Christmas cards can look amazing but still be pretty simple to make. The best example is pop-up Christmas tree card. Looks complicated? It really isn’t so hard to make as it looks! Give it a try and make some with kids this Christmas!
  • Have you tried quilling before? It’s fun and finished projects look amazing! We used it to make quilled Christmas tree card but you can use same process to recreate a number of Christmas themed items on your card!
  • Hard to believe, but quilling has been used to make these lovely quilled Christmas tree decorations. Make them larger to use on your mantel or smaller to use as centerpieces for your Christmas table!
  • Ahhh, we just love to work with paper! So easy to use and possibilities for projects are practically endless! Grab some of your favorite patterned papers to make loads of paper ornaments for your Christmas decorations!
  • Have you seen this little paper reindeer printable ornament? Super cute! Print, cut, assemble and glue! And little red nose Rudolph is ready to decorate your Christmas tree.
  • For book loving friends and family members, along with new book to read, add a personal touch to y gift with lovely Christmas tree bookmark you created yourself. They will never forget on which page they stopped their reading!
  • Even little ones love to participate in Christmas activities. Let your toddlers and preschoolers to tear paper to scraps and then make adorable little torn paper Christmas wreaths to display on your door.
  • We adore these 3D paper trees! They look amazing displayed as Christmas decoration even when left plain white! But of course, it’s up to you to decide if you want to add decorations on them or make them in different color to match your Christmas decor!
  • When it comes to paper crafts, origami is must try! There are many different ornaments you can make by simply folding paper, did you know? Personally, we love the look of these 3D origami ornaments! Hard to tell they are made from paper, right?
  • A single paper plate, some paint and decorative items and kids are all set to make their own paper plate tree craft. They will also work on their fine motor skills when lacing ribbon to connect all the pieces together.


Paper is amazing as crafting medium, wouldn't you agree?

It’s wonderful how changing paper you use to make your Christmas ornament from plain white to patterned can change to whole feel of the finished item! Or how you can make so many beautiful and decorative items by simply folding piece of paper! Hope you will get inspired by our selection here to make many paper crafts this Christmas with your kids!

Christmas Paper Crafts Kids Can Make


More Christmas Craft Ideas for Kids

Whimsical Pom Pom Ornaments for Preschoolers to Make


Create whimsical pom pom ornaments inspired by one of our favorite storybooks, Put Me in the Zoo! These colorful Christmas ornaments will be a playful addition to your Christmas tree and are so fun and easy for preschoolers to make!



pom pom christmas ornaments for preschoolers to make

When you love a children's book so much that it inspires you to make a Christmas tree decoration, you know it must be a good book!!

And indeed, Put Me in the Zoo is a fabulous read with its rhyming text and playful character with magical spots!

We've mentioned this book on the blog before by sharing 3 fun Put Me in the Zoo Activities toddlers and preschoolers would enjoy, and once again we brought this book to life by making Christmas ornaments!

Inspired by the characters magical spots that he can:
 "put [...] on a cat.  And [...] on a hat," 
change from green to violet, 
and even "take [his] spots and make them four", 

I set up an ornament making station with our own colorful spots --- aka pom poms!

Pom Pom Ornaments 

 

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This was no ordinary fill in the clear ornament bulb with pom poms activity.  Oh no!...  I also added in some dice so that my preschoolers were practicing 1:1 correspondence, counting, and number recognition!!

Yes! That's right...   I turned this pom pom ornament into an educational activity!!

And my kids loved it!!

Supplies:

After reading Put Me in the Zoo, these are the perfect Christmas ornaments for preschoolers to make!!




pom pom ornaments

How to Make these Storybook Inspired Pom Pom Ornaments


Fill a plastic serving tray with 4-6 colored pom poms in various shapes.  



**Be warned that arguing may ensue over small sparkly pom poms, so either have plenty or don't use any..  your welcome ; ) 

**The character's spots changed in the book from a pink-ish red to blue to orange to green to violet.  To fill up our serving tray, we also added yellow.  Which worked perfectly, because he's yellow.

**BTW, I'm not really sure what kind of animal the main character is-- so I'm not sure what to call him!!  Ha!  A dog?  A bear?  

Anyways...

Provide a numbered die and a colored die with the colors of the pom poms that are being used for the ornament making activity to sneak in some learning!

To fill the pom pom ornament, have your child roll both the colored die and numbered die.



Then have your child fill their ornament bulb with that many pom poms of said color.

For instance, in the picture below, my son rolled a purple and the number 6.  Thus, he grabbed 6 purple pom poms of his liking and stuffed them into the opening of the Christmas bulb.  (Yay!  for sneak in some fine motor skills work, too!!)

filling pom pom christmas ornament

Next, have another child roll both dice and fill his/her Christmas ornament accordingly.  Continue until your child is happy with their pom pom ornament!  

Just put the top of the ornament back on to keep the pom poms secured, and tie a ribbon so that you can hand it on the tree.

Such a great Christmas ornament for toddlers, preschoolers, and older kiddos to make!  It's one all will enjoy!  

These colorful and playful storybook inspired pom pom ornaments are to be a great addition to your Christmas tree!!




pom pom ornaments

More Kid-Made Ornaments:



For more storybook inspired ornaments check out the series hosted by Mama Miss! 



Christmas Memory Baubles from WittyBoots

Adorable Olaf Fingerprint Ornaments from Heart of Deborah