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Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it and all the adorable Valentines will soon be passed out. I like to incorporate themed learning activities into our day but one of my favorite things to do all year, especially in February, is to write my kids notes telling them all the things I love about them. Giving love notes inspired this free Letter, Number, Word Valentine Sorting Activity which will engage young learners and help them to distinguish between letters, numbers, and words!
*Pair this with our Valentine’s Day Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Letter, Number, Word Valentine Sorting Activity
The simplicity of this activity makes it one of my favorites! It’s great for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and can be used as review for 1st grade too! I like to use it in small groups or for independent practice as a center activity. Let’s get started!
Setting Up the Sorting Activity
To prep, laminate, and cut out the letter, number, and word mailboxes and envelope cards.
Once everything is laminated and cut, cut out the hole on each of the mailboxes that says, “CUT OUT HERE.”
Then use an X-acto knife to cut the slits on the box you are using.
I love using open back boxes, like shoe boxes, for these types of activities. Using open back boxes makes it easier to grab the cards to repeat the activity. It also allows you to easily grab the cards when you are done. You can use one box, or multiple boxes, depending on what you have available.
Once the slits are cut in the boxes, use tape to attach the mailbox pictures.
Helpful Tip #1: In a classroom setting, using a separate box per mailbox would allow you to check for sorting accuracy, but if you only have access to one box, you can easily place some baskets inside the box to collect the envelopes.
RELATED RESOURCE: Print – That’s It! February Math & Literacy Printables for Kindergarten
How to Play
To play, take the letter, number, and word envelope cards and place them in a pile or spread them out around your box.
Pick a card and determine if it is a letter, number, or word. Place it in the correct mailbox slot.
Continue until all cards are identified and sorted.
Helpful Tip #2: To turn this into a self-checking center, draw a colored dot or shape to match the color of the mailboxes on the back of each of the different pieces before laminating.
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