Talking about love with little kids usually ends in giggles of some sort! My preschoolers have no problem hugging and holding hands with each other. I think this is why I love that age so much! They are so genuine with their feelings. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to encourage friendship and kindness. It’s also a great time for extra silly fun while learning, like our cupid’s arrow alphabet match!
Cupid’s Arrow Alphabet Match
Download the printable file below. It includes 26 arrows with each letter of the alphabet. There are also 26 hearts that include an image with initial sounds from each letter of the alphabet.
The object of our cupid’s arrow alphabet match is to match each heart to the correct arrow. It’s kind of like making a love match!
The activity can be played individually or in a small group. I spread out the arrows on a table or tray depending on how many arrows are being played with at one time. Take turns picking a heart from the pile. Encourage the child to say what the image shows almost exaggerating the initial sound. This may make it easier to identify the sound at the beginning of the word.
When the initial sound is identified, it’s time to find the correct letter on the arrow to match it to. Continue this process with each heart until all image and letters are matched from A-Z.
This cupid’s arrow alphabet match game can be used with older preschoolers who have already mastered identifying uppercase and lowercase letters and have moved to letter sounds. It can also be used to reinforce letter sounds with kindergarteners as reading skills are being taught and mastered.
It’s time to make those love matches and practice initial sounds!
Grab Your Copy
Ready to begin matching? Download your copy of the cupid’s arrow alphabet match by clicking the yellow button below.
Then, if you are ready for some more Valentine fun, try this free Valentine emergent reader!