Let’s talk about preschool kids. Preschool kids are hard! They are fun. They are adorable. But it is not EASY to have preschool-aged kiddos. Especially if you have more than one running around. (I had six under ten at the same time, so I get it!) When you need to get supper on the table, your tween needs help with math, or you just want TEN SECONDS of peace, it’s so tempting to pull out the screens. And that’s ok mama. YOU ARE IN CHARGE. But, as we all know, sticking our little three-year-olds in front of screens is really not that good for them if we choose that option for hours at a time.
So while screens are the easiest option, and it is perfectly acceptable in moderation — what we really need is to get our littles involved doing more productive things. Things that build fine motor skills, gross motor skills, pretend play skills and verbal skills and pre-school skills. Play-time and school readiness in other words.
That’s the value in our adorable Love Monsters Valentine’s Day Preschool Printables set. Print it off, and hand your little one washable markers or crayons at the kitchen table while you fix dinner! It might take some work and encouragement to get them to stay there, but you can do it. You can even enlist some older kids with homework to stay at the table and help keep the little one involved in her “work.”
The Valentine’s Day printable activities inside this awesome set include tracing letters, mazes, matching, letter and number and shape recognition, left-to-right tracking, counting practice, size comparison, and even a couple of puzzles!
Our Valentine’s Day Preschool Printables can be used in so many different ways! Print them off and spiral bind them to make a little book. Print out one page per day from now until V-Day as a special treat. Or print out copies for a single classroom to work on these skills together! Mount each finished page on construction paper and display them proudly in your home.
If your child likes to do pages over and over, laminate the pages and have your child work on them with dry erase markers! If your child needs some scissor practice, have him cut the lines from the tracing pages, or cut out the monsters and shapes and letters to glue on construction paper. You can also cut out the different monsters, and glue them to the end of craft sticks to make little monster finger puppets. These can be used in pretend play and storytelling. Or, you could make them into magnets for your child to play with on the fridge.
No matter how you use our Valentine’s Day Preschool Printables, you and your child will be rewarded with skill-building fun perfect for ages 3-6 depending on the child. Just remember, start at your child’s level and let them go. Don’t expect perfection from a 2.5 year old, and don’t stress out if you have a preschool child with special needs. Just keep working on school readiness skills a little bit each day, and celebrate both hard work and progress.
Preschool is such a wonderful age. I love the wonder and energy these kids bring to every single part of life. When you or your child need a little down time, try using some of our Valentine’s Day printable activities included in this Valentine’s Day Preschool Printables set to help carve out some quiet and productive learning at the same time.
You might also like our Unicorn PreK Fun Pack by the way! It covers many of the same skills, only with adorable unicorns instead of love monsters.