valentines day writing tray free printable hearts letter practice salt tray

Valentine’s Day Writing Tray with Free Printable Heart Letters

Salt trays are fantastic for writing practice – kids love the sensory aspect and it’s such a fantastic way to learn. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we colored our salt pink and included a free set of printable uppercase and lowercase letters in a fun heart shape to celebrate the holiday. Read on below to see how we put together our Valentine’s Day writing tray with free printable heart letters.

valentines day writing tray free printable hearts letter practice salt tray

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What You’ll Need

Related: Calming lavender playdough

What to Do

Begin by downloading and printing the uppercase and lowercase alphabet hearts printable. This will make this writing tray activity easy peasy! We recently signed up for the HP Instant Ink program and are loving it! They offer several different plans (such as $4.99 for 100 pages a month) and will automatically send you new cartridges before you even need them. We are now saving SO MUCH money (and time) on ink and I don’t feel guilty printing out new printables and playdough mats each day. If you want to check it out, ordering through our link here will give you one free month of service. You can use just about any HP printer but we’ve been using this compact one and absolutely love it! The color is gorgeous and matches my decor (we’ll call that a win!) and the size is smaller than any printer I’ve ever owned which is great for small spaces (or living room/dining room offices). Between HP Instant Ink and our compact printer, my printing life truly has become so much easier to print all these fun playdough mats and activity sheets we’ve been making lately.

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Next, cut out the hearts (or hole punch them out). If you plan on laminating them, simply print your letter sheets out, laminate them, and then cut or punch each letter out. Set them aside while you prepare the salt.

valentines day writing tray free printable hearts letter practice salt tray

Now, pour about 1/3 cup salt into a plastic bag and 2-3 drops of pink food coloring. Seal your plastic bag and squish until everything has been mixed well. You could also add in a couple drops of lavender essential oil to the colored salt while it is still in the bag. We’ve done this in the past and it’s a great way to add another layer of sensory fun to this activity. Lavender oil is a great calming oil that is also kid-safe, so we often find ourselves adding it into our crafts and activities.

valentines day writing tray free printable hearts letter practice salt tray

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Next, pour your salt in the tray and insert a letter card or spell out a word with the letter cards.

We discovered that it easier to trace letters in the salt if there isn’t too much salt in the tray, so if your child has a difficult time making letters in the salt, try removing some of the salt.

valentines day writing tray free printable hearts letter practice salt tray

Invite your child to trace the letter or word in the salt.

valentines day writing tray free printable hearts letter practice salt tray

Our children love practicing their letters and words this way. You could also practice patterns, numbers, or even math problems with this Valentine’s Day writing tray.

Free play is also something our children love when it comes to the salt tray. They love creating pictures this way as well.

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This Valentine’s Day writing tray activity can be adapted to many different ages and skill levels.

valentines day writing tray free printable hearts letter practice salt tray

If your child is a little older, and working on their spelling skills, this would be a great time to work on that too. You could invite them to spell out a word with the letter cards and then make that word in the salt.

valentines day writing tray free printable hearts letter practice salt tray

You could even add a few heart shaped confetti pieces to make this Valentine’s Day writing tray even more festive!

valentines day writing tray free printable hearts letter practice salt tray

Related: Calming Lavender Salt Tray Writing {With Kid-Safe Essential Oils}

Does this activity sound like something you’d like to try? If so, please share it on social media. Or, pin it to save for later.

valentines day writing tray free printable hearts letter practice salt tray

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