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Love and sweet treats are in the air as Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! Bringing a little bit of heart-themed fun into the classroom is always an exciting thing to do in February. I like to do that with activities like this free Valentine’s Day Cookie Pre-Writing Activity. There is a pretend play element to this writing center that makes it extra engaging!
*Pair this with our Valentine’s Day Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Valentine’s Day Cookie Pre-Writing Activity
These free printable cookies need to be decorated! Little hands can pretend to pipe on icing by tracing the lines with dry erase markers.
There is a cookie for each lowercase letter, plus eight cards with fun squiggles to trace.
Tracing provides practice holding a pencil with the correct grip. It also helps strengthen finger muscles and improves fine motor skills. Those aren’t always fun skills to practice, so making it part of an engaging activity can really help!
Preparation & Materials
To prep this super fun Valentine’s Day Pre-Writing Activity, first, print out the free printable and cut out each cookie. You may want to print several copies if you’ll be having students spell out their names.
Then, laminate the printables and cut out each laminated shape. If you don’t have access to a laminator, clear contact paper also works well.
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Finally, gather a selection of fine tip dry erase markers. I could only find orange here, but ideally, you should round up pink, red, and purple!
Ways to Use the Pre-Writing Activity
This activity is great for differentiation! For children who aren’t quite ready to work on letters, just provide the squiggle tracing cookies and start by demonstrating how to put “icing” on each cookie by tracing the white lines.
For beginning letter learners, pull the cards with letters in the child’s name. Help the child lay out the cards in the correct order to spell their name. Then they can choose marker colors and trace all the letters.
Children who are familiar with the whole alphabet can work with all the “cookies.” Encourage them to name each letter as they trace.
I hope your students have fun with these festive Valentine’s Day “cookies!”
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