Patterns, ordering, shapes, sorting, and counting are all used in this simple Valentine’s Day craft and math lesson, made with playing cards. That’s not even all the wonderful skills used! Lacing the cards on uses fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. What I love is that I can make a Valentine’s day craft that is educational, low mess (no glitter, glue or paint), and cost me less than $3!
Valentine’s Day Craft and Math Lesson
- Gather your materials. You will need a deck of playing cards with a red design on the back, a heart paper punch, hole punch, some ribbon or yarn , scissors, and also some clear tape.
- Start by sorting the cards into suits. This is a long craft so I only put two suits on our place mat.
- Next, place the cards in numerical order.
- Next, hand your child the heart punch and have them punch hearts in cards of other suits. We used the clovers that we sorted in the 2nd step.
- While they do that, punch holes in the cards that they put in numerical order.
- Punch holes in the hearts.
- Next, start threading. Of course, this is not easy. Be prepared to help, or if your child’s like mine, be prepared to be told you aren’t allowed to help. In that case, wait until they ask for it. To make lacing easier, be sure to wrap tape around the ends of the ribbon/yarn. My 4-year-old laced 3 cards and 4 hearts alone, then handed me the right numbers as I did the lacing. A nice thing about using playing cards is that they are sturdy and hard to tear.
- Finally, hang it up and enjoy your Valentine’s Day craft and math lesson on display!