Your preschool sweethearts will adore these Valentine math games and centers! The only problem is fitting all these lovely math activities for Valentine’s Day into your lesson plans!
Small Group Learning
Get ready for your students to love this All About the Number activity!
Cover your small group table with a large piece of bulletin board paper. Next, draw hearts to fill the paper. Label the hearts with a number, counting set, number word, or ten frame. You can focus on any skill you’re working on with your small groups. Have students practice writing numerals, drawing number sets, using dot markers, filling in the ten frames, and counting with manipulatives. The possibilities are endless and the fun is guaranteed!
Valentine's Day Math Center
These heart counting wheels are great for small group math, at morning Table Time, or for an independent math center. Students clip clothespins to the counting wheel to match the number or they can use math manipulatives to count a set. I love using seasonal mini erasers, Valentine’s Day table scatter, or candy conversation hearts as counters!
Measurement Math Activity for Valentine's Day
Your class will be crazy in love with this Valentine’s measuring activity! I decorated my door with candy kisses so we could measure ourselves while we practiced reading number words.
To make the kisses, I cut out conical shapes from cardstock and covered them with aluminum foil to resemble candy wrappers. Next, I added the paper tail (officially it’s called the Niggly Wiggly!) and wrote number words on them. Depending on the skill your class is working on, you could write numbers, ten frames, or tally marks.
Have students stand in front of the display and find out how many kisses tall they are! Graph the results to continue the learning excitement!
Valentine Math Game
Find & Cover is an engaging small group math activity for Valentine’s Day! To play, students count the hearts, find the number on their board, and cover it with a token. Games such as these are always a class favorite and can be played over and over!
Valentine Paper Chains
Making paper chains is a wonderful way to practice patterning. Plus, it gets your preschoolers working on their fine motor skills, too. So be sure to include paper chains in your Valentine’s lesson plans!
All you need is a stack of construction paper strips in Valentine colors (two colors for AB patterns, three colors for ABC patterning) and tape to hold the colorful chains together. Hang these lovely creations from the ceiling and around your classroom!
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Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Learning!