Saturday, January 19, 2013

Valentine's Letter Hunt

Hello Kinderland!  I am Michelle from Apples and ABC's and I am so excited to share my first post with you!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and I am always looking for different manipulatives to add to my language arts and math bins.  Each month I do some sort of "letter hunt" activity where the students look for letters and write the ones they find.  Let me show you what I mean...

My FAVORITE place to shop for manipulatives is the dollar section at Target.  They always have seasonal goodies for the best price!  I found these puffy heart stickers last week...

I took an empty paint cup and filled it with the heart stickers.  I added some small blocks with letters printed on the sides.  The students can read the letters though the clear plastic and write them down.

The students used a white board to record the letters that they saw thorough the cup.  You don't have to use blocks, you can write letters on card stock or anything that can withstand a "gentle" kinder shake.  :)  I also switch it up write numbers or sight words on the blocks too!  The options are endless!

I hope you enjoyed this short post, and I look forward to sharing more ideas soon!  


  1. I love this idea. I do something similiar with a water bottle. I fill it with a bit of water and put glitter and some letter beads in. The kids shake and read. I always worry about that one fateful day when the water bottle decides it wants to spring a leak. I thinking I'm going to switch to your idea!


  2. CUTE, CUTE, CUTE! Thanks for the great idea. I always forget about my extra dry erase boards. . . I'm throwing them into my ABC tub on Tuesday.

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  3. Cute idea! The dollar section at Target is my nemesis! I can't leave without picking up a few things. I always use the excuse... "Oh, I'll use it for something!" haha
    Mrs. Jones’s Kindergarten

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