Activity for ages 4 to 6.
Are you working on beginning sounds with kids this February?! These playful Beginning Sound Valentine’s Day Puzzles will be the perfect addition to your literacy centers. Your students will have so much fun, that they will not even know that they are learning!
To prep, I printed the Initial Sound Valentine’s Day Puzzles (below) on cardstock and laminated them for extra durability. This usually allows me to get several years out of a center, which is definitely a bonus.
Once I finished laminating, I cut out the puzzles. I found it easiest to cut out each puzzle in its completed shape and then go back and cut apart the individual pieces.
Initial Sound Valentine’s Day Puzzles
Initial Sound Valentine’s Day Puzzles (below) contain 26 different puzzles, covering all letters of the alphabet.
Each puzzle has two pieces. One piece is a heart with an uppercase and lowercase letter on it, and the other piece is a heart with something that starts with that letter inside.
Students started the center by choosing a puzzle piece – either the the picture card or the letter card.
One student chose letter card “k” first.
I always encourage my students to say the letter and the sound. Some even enjoy tracing the letters with their fingers.
She then searched through the remaining cards and found the picture card that started with the letter k: a key!
26 puzzles, with two pieces each, can be a lot for some students.
To minimize frustration for these children, you can easily introduce the center by providing students with only 6 or 7 puzzles at a time.
I always did this at the teacher table with my students that I know would have struggled with the entire set of puzzles. As they mastered the ones I gave them, I slowly added more.
Grab Your Set
Click the blue download button below to grab your free Valentine puzzles and then hop over and snag our handwriting activity sheets too!