Educational Valentine’s Day Activity for Preschoolers: Valentine’s Day Alphabet Match-Up

Valentine's Day Alphabet Match-Up - an educational & fun toddler or preschool craft!

I don’t think there’s anyone on the planet that loves the alphabet more than my toddler.  He would play with his letters all day long if we’d let him.  We have magnetic letters, foam letters, block letters, sticker letters, plastic letters…name it, and I guarantee you that we own it.  I won’t complain too much though…undoubtedly his love of letters will only benefit him academically – I can’t wait till he starts school!  But, until then, I’ll do anything I can to help him learn at home.  Pairing the activity with a holiday is just a BONUS!  That and, of course, the development of fine motor skills and cognitive abilities.  The Valentine’s Day Alphabet Match-Up is a fun, educational activity that toddlers and preschoolers will love!

First we colored in the hearts.


I had my son color in each heart a different color – that way he’d have to match the capital and lowercase letters, and the color would help him determine if he was correct.  So it’s an alphabet match-up AND a color match-up!

Then we cut them all out.


Finally, we (roughly) cut the zig-zag line to divide the hearts in half.  I stacked a few together and cut them at the same time, but they all would’ve been neat and straight if I cut them out one by one.


For the last step, you could also have your child help you cut them out.

Then let the matching begin!


Valentine’s Day Alphabet Match-Up (PDF)



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  1. What a great activity! I love matching our educational / school activities to a theme!
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  2. awwe! what fun! I’d love to join in and help the little guy!
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  3. The cutouts are truly beautiful… I love how easy they are to make and the finished product is beautiful.

  4. that’s such a fun projects! Thanks for sharing the dpf! I bet my son will have fun!!
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  5. What a great Valentine’s project for the little ones! I love that it is educational, too. :)

  6. This is a super cute way to get our kids thinking about Valentine’s Day and learning at the same time! I love it! Thank you for this idea!
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  7. I just saved this! Thanks for the cute idea and please send more!
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  8. What a cute & smart way for the kids to learn their alphabet! Too cute :)
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  9. This is such a great idea. My toddler would have a blast with it. Thanks for sharing your idea. Loving it!
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  10. This is such a cute idea! I love that it’s easy enough for anyone to do. All you need is paper, crayons and scissors. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
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  11. This is a really fun idea and learning at the same time i will give this a go.

  12. Oh what a fun project for the little one!

  13. That’s so great! I love it, I’ll have to do this with my two youngest kids
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  14. he is all learning cuteness!!!
    I love this idea, I will be stealing it and using it at home
    Happy V day!

  15. I thought I commented, but maybe it didn’t stick. :) The matching game is nice! My kids always liked matching too. It’s more fun that you made it, and I’m sure it’s very helpful w/the teaching/learning.
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  16. I love that idea. All hands on and educational.
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  17. what a fun and creative way to learn and enjoy the holiday season
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  18. I think these are some great activities for preschoolers. They promote literacy and letter recognition in young children.
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  19. Those are so cute, I homeschool my youngest and these would be perfect for us. He is pretty good with his alphabet already but having a fun reinforcement is always a good idea.
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  20. Fun and educational too, plus it fits perfectly with Valentine’s. I bet my three and five year old would really enjoy this!

  21. Those are so cute! I love those Valentine’s day cards.
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  22. This is really cool. I love things like this that are both fun and educational.
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  23. You could even laminate them so they could be used for child after child. This is a cute idea!
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  24. That looks like a really fun activity! I love pairing holidays with learning- I think that’s fantastic!
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  25. What a talent at drawing hearts… I love how this is used as a learning tool
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  26. Oh these are awesome! Perfect activity for my girls! I will send this to my hubby now so he can print it out. My printer is out of ink!
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  27. This is a great idea for kids to do! I’m going to try it!

  28. That really is a great idea–and kids do learn better and faster when they are having fun.
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  29. What a completely clever idea and how stinkin cute is he!

  30. That is SO cute!! I have two little boys who I’m working on their letters with (one recognition and the other letter sounds). They will love this!
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  31. This is a cute idea! My daughters too young for the letters but I could have her match the colors.

  32. This is a brilliant idea! Fun and educational at once, I love it!
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  33. what a great game to play with my 4 year old! This is educational too at the same time. Thank you! We will be trying this out!

  34. Cute ideas! Gonna share this one with my MIL who teaches preschool :)
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  35. LOVE this idea! I’ll have to make these up with my preschooler and use them throughout the year. FUN!
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  36. That looks like such a fun activity. My son is 4.5, and I think he’d love it, too!
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  38. I love when crafts aren’t too labor intensive. This is perfect and it looks like your little guy loved it too!
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  39. super cute idea!! i love it! my daughter would want me to laminate them after she colored them so she’d be able to play over and over

  40. that is a very clever idea!
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  41. This is a really great idea. What a good way to incorporate the holiday and learning!
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  42. Great activity! My little guys are a bit too young to do this, yet, but I have pinned it to save for later.
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  43. That’s a great idea! I love how educational and festive this idea is!
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  44. What a great way to combine learning with fun! My kids are always more engaged in learning when I pair it with an activity. If it’s a craft, they could learn for hours!
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  45. Aww, this is such a cute idea. My little man loves the alphabet too and he loves matching and pairing so the upper and lower case letters are perfect. Simple enough to make, thanks for sharing!
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  46. I’ll have to pass this activity along to my friend who runs dayhome care, she’s always looking for great educational things for the preschoolers in her home.
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  47. What an adorable way to help your kids learn the alphabet! Thanks for sharing your cute idea!
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  48. This is fantastic. It’s simple and educational for the wee little ones. I love this idea.

  49. Love it! My son is 2.5 and will love this. He too enjoys alphabet activities. I printed them just now; thanks for sharing!

  50. What a cute idea and a great way to enjoy the holiday! Thanks for sharing!
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  51. This is a great idea! I love all the steps…I’m pinning for later:)