Valentine’s Day Math Activity

valentine's day math My daughter loves math and I couldn’t be happier. This Valentine’s Day math game is all about things she loves. Toys, numbers and hearts! This game is pretty simple but you will need enough items that are obviously alike for the groupings. What I loved about this game was that there were so many math skills combined into the game. She had to recognize the number then match it to the amount in the groupings. This naturally led her to counting the objects many times as she checked to see if they were match. Sometimes she remembered the amount and didn’t have to recount. I loved watching her think through this.

 

Gather your materials. You will need some hearts ( we used post its) and a marker, a bunch of small objects that you can put in groups of 1-10 , space to play and I used our wall for the number line.Heart math game for Valentine's day

 

Start by setting up your groups. We did this in our playroom so I used toys and craft supplies but you could do this outside and use rocks, leaves and sticks.

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Write out the numbers on your hearts. heart mathI did 1-10 and then popped them on the wall. Then noticed my daughter writing something and she’d made her own 0 and added it to the line.heart math for valentine's day

 

I told her that each heart belonged to a group but we needed to count the toys to see where each heart should go. And she was off. Matching them up and counting like crazy!!valentine's day math activity

 

She may not have told me she was using estimation as a strategy but she was. She’d look at a grouping and if the number was low and the group was large she’d move on to a more reasonable match before actually diving in to count. I didn’t tell her to go from 1-10 but she picked the hearts off in order. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t go in numerical order, it’s not important. Number much like letters are rarely in order anyway.math valentine's day craft for kids

 

Hooray she did it!!math game for valentine's day gross motor

Counting Books We Love

Here are a few great counting books for kids. All book lists include affiliate links.

Anno's Counting Book

Anno’s Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno almost didn’t make it into my library bag. I am so glad it did. This is a wonderful book full of possibilities. There is no text just simple aerial illustrations of a field as it evolves one number at a time. The field fills up quickly and it can be tricky to classify the pictures on each page to match it with the number displayed but once you do , each page is a lesson!

daddy hugs

Daddy Hugs by Karen Katz is a cute little counting book for toddlers. I gave it to my husband in 2007 for his first father’s day to read with my son and my son hated it. However in the years since it’s become a favorite and nothing beats a board book for when toddlers get to that destructo stage. Edited for 2013: My daughter has always loved this book!

ten on the sled

Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman is a really fun and educational book. The book is a new spin on the old song ” Ten in A Bed” but instead of squeezing onto a bed these cold weather animals pile on and off the sled one at a time. What is wonderful from an educational sense is not just the obvious counting element but as each animal exists the sled the verb used for how they exit begins with the same letter as the animal does. This was fantastic for my son who wanted to sound every animal and verb out.  Add a fun rhyming sing song text and this is a great read.

 

Melted Bead Craft – Valentine’s Day Wind Chimes

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This is not a hands off kind of craft. My three year old did the first half with no help and I did the 2nd half of this melted bead craft all by myself. I have been wanting to try melting pony beads since I saw my friend Jean’s post on Artful Parent ages ago. My original idea was to make heart pendants for my daughter’s preschool class. That was a giant craft fail because of the way the beads melted. You could still try that but I didn’t want all these hearts to go to waste so we turned them into heart wind chimes for Valentine’s day.

Gather your materials. You will need plastic beads – we used red pony beads and clear tri-beads. A heart shaped silicone treat pan, ribbon or string, a hot glue gun, scissors, and a stick. melted bead wind chimes

Start by filling your pan with beads. My daughter filled some with all clear, some all red and some a mix.  melted bead wind chimes for valentines dayFilling the hearts was fun for her because she did it independently but she was also working on skills like visual perceptual and fine motor skills as she grabbed the beads and managed to fill but not overfill the cups. valentine's day melted bead craft

Once all the beads were in we were ready to melt, I followed Jean’s instructions for the melting the beads and popped the pan in the oven. She checked on it a few times.melted bead heart craft There were no fumes while melting but when I opened the oven door they were very strong. I was expecting this so I had my windows wide open and the fan on, still it was strong.  If you are sensitive to fumes you could try it on your grill or maybe try a different valentine’s craft. I don’t want anyone surprised by the fumes but do know that they were gone 20 minutes later when my son with the super nose came in and didn’t notice a thing.

When they cooled I popped them out of the pan and immediately noticed that the beads that were against the side melted in a sharp point. Not exactly kid safe for Valentine’s day favors for a bunch of three year old children. heart melted beads I had the hearts in my hand and noticed they made a cool clinking sound and decided that was it, these could make great wind chimes! I grabbed my glue gun, some ribbon and a stick from my garden. heart wind chimes melted beads

To make the chimes – glue the hearts on the ribbon. I tried to get them staggered on the different ribbons. I did 4 ribbons total with 3 or 4 hearts on them. heart wind chimes for valentine's day

Next I wrap the ribbon ends around the stick gluing it down with hot glue. heart windchimes melted beads craft

Finally tie on a final piece to each end of the stick to hang. heart craft melted beads

I love how they look and bring a little love to our front porch and my daughter loves checking on it when she can hear it clink in wind. heart windchimes for valentines day

Have you ever had a craft fail turn out in the end?

Cork Love Bugs – Valentine’s Day Craft

valentine's day craft for kids I made a Love Bug Butterfly Craft with my son many years ago but have never made one of these classic Valentine’s day crafts with my youngest. So looking around at what supplies I had on hand and how she loves to play with things after we make them cork Love Bugs just made sense. You could use paint but I opted for the least amount of drying time so we could play with them by dinner time when the glue dried.

Gather your materials. You will need some corks, red markers, googly eyes, glue, double stick tape ( or more glue if drying time isn’t a concern), pink and or red construction paper, a heart punch or scissors, and a tray to keep the rolly polly corks on the table and frustration levels low.love bug craft for valentine's day

Start by coloring your corks. love bug craft for kidsMy daughter decided to make a mama and a baby love bug so she colored two while I made one as well. If you want to spread this craft out over a longer period you could paint the corks and wait for them to dry. We are not good at waiting so we used sharpies.love bug craft for children

Next she used the heart punch to punch out the heart wings first with her handsvalentine's day love bug craft for little kids and then with her elbow.fun love bug craft for kids

I popped the double stick tape on.love bug Vday craft for kids

She added the wings.cork love bug crafats for kids

Then it was time for the glue and googly eyes. She chose just the right ones. love bug crafts for valentines dayThen added the glue. love bug craft easy valentine's day craftLet dry.love bug

25 Fun & Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts and Activities For Kids

valentine's day crafts for kids Need a simple and cute Valentine’s day craft for a class party ? Need a fun Valentine’s day activity that won’t break the bank? These 25 easy Valentine’s day crafts and activities fit the bill. They are simple, frugal ,and most of all fun! In the next few weeks we will have brand new ideas for you to create and learn with a Valentine’s day theme but until then browse these ideas and for more crafts like these for other upcoming holidays and winter in general check out my Winter themed Pinterest board.

Valentine’s Day Rainbow
Valentine’s Day Truck
Heart Memory Game

paper hug craft
Paper Hug
Valentine’s Day Discovery Box
Heart Shaped Pizza

mosaic valentine's day craft
Mosaic Heart Valentine
Valentine’s Day Tambourine
Heart Chalkboards

heart sun catcher
Heart Sun Catcher
Tie Dye Hearts
Cinnamon Heart Bark Treat
Shake Painted Valentine

valentine's day heart wreath
Valentine’s Day Photo Wreath
Love Bomb
Marshmallow Heart

heart patterns
Heart Patterns
Collage Heart Craft
Love Potions

valentine's day word search
Valentine’s Day Word Search
Doily Heart Butterflies
Puffy Heart Wreath

last minute valentine's day cupcakes
XOXO Cupcakes
Heart Color Match
Apple Print Valentines

Mosaic Heart – Valentine’s Day Craft For Kids

valentine's day craft for kids This is a fine motor skills builder disguised as a Valentine’s Day craft for kids. Learning to cut is tricky and practicing scissor skills is important. This simple craft works on those skills then adds in some more while children carefully place the cut paper into a heart. This is a great way to use up scrap paper too. Fun, frugal and educational.

Gather your materials. You will need a sheet of white or light pink construction paper, strips of red and pink, something to color with if desired, scissors and glue. Also you might want a container to hold the cut paper.mosaic heart valentines day craft for preschool

Start by cutting larger sheets/ scrap pieces of red and pink paper into strips. This helps little hands cut independently. cutting practice valentine's day craft for kids

Now it’s time for your little one to cut. valentines day craft for kids fine motor skills

Draw a heart and cut out while they are happily cutting the paper. valentine's day heart craft for preschool

Hand your child the heart and if they want they can color it. I had not planned on this step but my daughter apparently had. heart craft for valentine's day

Next add glue.mosaic heart valentine's day craft for kids

Add the cut paper. valentines craft for kids

Let dry.mosaic valentine's day craft You can add string and hang this up like our coffee filter hearts we made last year or write a message on the back and give it as a valentine. My daughter immediately asked to give hers to her preschool teachers. I don’t think they read the blog so hopefully I didn’t spoil the surprise!