This Valentine themed activity for practicing sight words is super simple yet still tons of fun for little ones.
- one magnetic cookie tray or other magnetic surface per child
- paper Valentine hearts
- sight word cards
- magnetic letters
The cookie trays in the picture above are from the dollar store and the hearts are pages from a notepad. First, tape the hearts to the cookie trays, I laminated mine first for durability. Next, make one individual sight word ring per child with the words they are learning, details can be found on the sight word page. Finally, place the letters that correspond to the words in a small Ziploc bag, one bag per child. Each child at the table gets one magnetic cookie tray, a ring of sight words, and a bag of magnetic letters. Students will spell the sight words from the rings on their cookie tray.
You could also have the students match upper to lowercase letters on the trays if your students are not ready for sight words.
In case you are wondering how I can find so many magnetic letters without going crazy I’ve included a picture of my magnetic letter storage container for you above; it’s a nuts and bolts container from Wal-Mart. Each drawer is assigned a different letter; using this storage container I can find the letters I need quickly.
Check out my Valentine’s Day Pinterest board for more Valentine ideas!