Valentine Vase


Associate the letter V (and the lowercase letter v) with the /v/ sound (e.g., vase, valentine, vacuum).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • valentine
  • vase
  • vacuum


  • Pipe cleaners/straws
  • Paper hearts (see below)
  • Vase made out of a plastic bottle with the top cut off
  • Picture cards (see below)
  • Glue or tape to attach items to the vase

State and model the objective

Tell the children they will make Valentine vases as they practice saying the /v/ sound in words such as van, victory, and valentine.

Practice the skill within an activity

Make a Valentine Vase

  • Cut out the picture cards (see below) and spread them out in piles on the table or floor.
  • Help the children sort the pictures to decide whether or not the word on each picture card starts with the /v/ sound.
    • If the word starts with the /v/ sound, have the children set the card next to the vase (i.e., plastic bottle with the top cut off).
    • If the word does not start with the /v/ sound, have the children set the card aside.
  • Point out that all of the words that start with the /v/ sound begin with the letter V.
  • Have the children attach the pictures of words that begin with V to the vase.
  • Have the children write the letter V on the paper hearts (see below).
  • Let the children make valentine flowers by attaching the paper hearts to pipe cleaners, and then have them put the valentine flowers in the valentine vase.

Apply the skill (choose from the following)

Write the target letter

  • Have the children write the letter V on small pieces of paper or sticky notes.
  • Have the children produce the /v/ sound each time they write the letter V.
  • Allow the children to attach the letters to the valentine vase.


SEEL At Home

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Associate the letter V with the /v/ sound (e.g., vase, valentine, vegetables).


  • Picture cards (see below)
  • Construction paper
  • Plastic bottle
  • Straws, pipe cleaners, or wooden sticks
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape 

Activity: Valentine Vase

  • Cut paper hearts from construction paper and have your child write the letter V on each heart.  
  • Help your child sort the picture cards to identify words that start with the /v/ sound. If the word starts with /v/, place it next to the plastic bottle. If the word does not start with /v/ set it aside. 
  • Attach the V pictures and some of the paper hearts to the plastic bottle to make it into a Valentine Vase.
  • Glue three paper hearts together at the bottom to make valentine flowers (with three, heart-shaped petals). Attach them to the end of straws, pipe cleaners, or sticks.
  • Emphasize that the words on the vase all start with the letter V which makes the /v/ sound.



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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.