My son loved the 3D Word Search I made him a while back so when I saw that the dollar store had pink and purple foam letters I grabbed a few packs and headed home to make a Valentine’s Day word search for him. The great thing about this activity is that it incorporates different senses. Kids can see and feel the letters that make up the words. I kept the words easy to find by making them all a uniform color for my beginning reader but make it as tricky as you want. Also even if your child isn’t reading you can still make this, just turn it into a letter search.
Giant Valentine’s Day Word Search
- Gather your materials. You will need a canvas or other stiff cardboard base, contact paper, foam letter stickers, scissors and a marker. Depending on which contact paper you get you will want to either use a dry erase marker or a regular washable maker if you want to use the word search as a write and wipe surface. I bought a new type of contact paper this week and dry erase is a pain to wipe off it, but washable markers do great with a baby wipe. If you want this to be a one time only activity you can skip the contact paper and just add the letters to some construction paper.
- Cover the canvas with contact paper- this makes the surface wipeable.
- Add your words. I tried my best to stay lined up, but I never worry about it being exactly perfect. I took words from classic conversation hearts, but you can do anything, even names of people you love. It is easiest to add one row vertically and one horizontally first then fill the columns in.
- Write the words out on some paper.
- Add a marker and a kid! Now watch them amaze you with their skills as they complete this Valentine’s Day word search! As my son was doing this, I noticed he touched the letters, squished them, and traced a few with his hand. My cuddly guy seems to have a real need for kinesthetic elements in his lessons.
- I also noticed how he was holding his marker after I took these pictures. He has a natural tendency to twist his wrist like that for cutting, but it’s the first time I have witnessed it for writing. Not sure if it was just because of the raised letters of the Valentine’s Day word search, but I am going to watch him much closer.
Any tips for correcting this? Experience with this particular tendency? I’m going to have him write on the wall (forces proper grip) but if you have other ideas please share!