This awesome activity is sure to become one of your kids’ favorite new Valentine Games! And it gets bonus points for working on spelling and letter identification too!
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If you’re looking for fun Valentine games to incorporate into your classroom, therapy room, or even to try at home with your little ones – this one’s for you! It’s fun, simple, and targets a ton of skills all at once!
What You’ll Need:
A piece of styrofoam (ours was 2” thick and approximately 6” square – here’s one that’s similar)
Paper Heart Template (just cut a heart shape out of construction paper)
What to do:
Place your heart template on top of your styrofoam and place the golf tees around the perimeter. Space the golf tees enough so that all 26 will fit around the heart.
After the golf tees are placed, write one letter of the alphabet on each tee. You can go in order A-Z or make it more difficult for kids by mixing the letters up.
Tie one end of the red yarn to one of the tees to anchor it.
Cut out the Valentine words from the printable and place the strips face down on the table. Have kids choose one word at a time and wrap the yarn around the tees with each letter of the word on them in the correct order. So, if the word is “LOVE”, they would wrap the yarn around the “L”, the “O”, the “V” and finally the “E”.
Have kids continue choosing word cards and keep wrapping the yarn around the tees until all of the words are complete.
In the process, kids will create a beautiful woven heart that can be saved as a decoration for the holiday or taken apart to make again and again! It might be fun to mix up the words and check out all of the different patterns that can be made.
How to Change it Up:
-With younger kids, work on letter identification by placing the lettered tees out of order and having them wrap the yarn around each letter you request.
-Have kids work on spelling their first and last names by wrapping the yarn around the lettered golf tees in the correct sequence.
-Work on counting by writing numbers on the golf tees instead of letters and placing them out of order. Can kids wrap the yarn around the numbers in the correct sequence?