Letter Practice Using Paper Hearts -Easy! Fast Prep! Fun!

letter practice paper hearts

It takes young children lots of repetition before they can remember how to form each letter of the alphabet.  Today’s topic includes a Valentine’s Day themed activity using paper hearts.  These letter review suggestions are great for busy caregivers because they are fast and easy to prepare.  I made a bunch of paper hearts from red and pink construction paper.

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The first activity involved the children placing the hearts on a homemade set of laminated letters I’ve had for several years.  I printed off large letters and cut them out using black paper.  You could also draw letters on large sheets of paper or use chalk on a washable surface.  I encourage the child to say the movement as they placed the hearts on the letter.  For letter W the child would say, “down, up, down and up.”

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The children in my group traded letters when they were finished.  This was a good opportunity to use the letter names when they asked their friend, “Can I use letter P when you are done, please?”

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The next stage of difficulty was to form the letters independently using an example of the letter as their guide. They had to enlarge the size of letter L beside the picture of the lamb.  Enlarging the letter required the child to study the components of what made up each letter.  I encouraged the children to talk aloud as they figured out how to form one long line downwards and a shorter line across to make a letter L.  Use whatever alphabet books, worksheets, colouring pages or flashcards that you have in your daycare resource material for this activity.

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If you want to make the activity a little more challenging you can remove the visual letter reference.  This will require the child to form the letter from memory.  I also asked my older children to see if they could come up with a repeating colour pattern for their letters.

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The last activity was a review of the letters in their own name. It’s beneficial for a child to be able to recognize and write their own name before they start school.  I printed some of the children’s names on blank paper to help them.  My group wanted to finish the activity with a craft. They asked for glue to stick their hearts onto their names.  Names written with hearts, what a sweet craft for Valentine’s Day. Happy Heart Activities Everyone!

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