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Letter recognition can be a bit tricky, and the best way to help is through continuous exposure. Now I don’t mean flash cards with the letters to drill your child daily. Instead, the use of hands-on literacy activities can be both fun and effective, and these free printable Valentine Alphabet Puzzles fit the bill!
*Pair with our Alphabet Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Valentine Alphabet Puzzles
These Valentine puzzles will help your kids identify both uppercase and lowercase letters and match them together. Plus, they are colorful and can be put together rather quickly!
Place the uppercase heart lock pieces in one basket or pile and the lowercase key pieces in another. Time to play!
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How to Play
To play the game, start by having your kids choose a few pieces from either basket and lay them out on a flat surface.
Next, have them search for the matching pieces in the other basket. Have the kiddos continue searching until they have found a match.
To reduce overwhelm, give the Valentine alphabet puzzles in small sets. For example, one set could be letters A-G and those will be placed in the baskets. Place the other letters in a small bag until they are needed.
Once your child has mastered the first set of letters, you can give them another set until they have mastered all 26 letters.
Helpful Tip: You can also make these puzzles self-correcting by writing the matching lowercase letter on the back of each uppercase heart lock puzzle piece.
I also chose to work on letter sounds with these alphabet puzzles. Whenever the kids chose an uppercase piece, they had to sing what the letter sound was. For example, “The c says ‘k’.” If they forgot to sing the song, I would simply prompt them by starting the song.
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