This is another part of our learning after school series. I try to engage my son in fun things after school and when I asked him what he wanted to work on he said math. He loves math and comes by it very very naturally. His dad has a bachelors degree in engineering with a minor in math and an MBA in finance. Yeah, numbers are well loved in our house. Even I love math although I didn’t always. It wasn’t until I was teaching it to students that I found the fun in numbers.

- Gather your materials. You will need a jar , some hearts ( any hearts will do – we used foam ones but paper, heart erasers, heart candies will all work), The printable found here and again below and a pencil with an eraser.
- Start by printing out the printable – click here for download. It looks grainy in the pdf but it’s clear when downloaded.
- Lay out the sheet, pencil, and hearts and let your little math whiz at it. Of course, this is more than just a math lesson. My son is working on writing numbers in kindergarten right now and this is my tricky way of practicing without making him write them over and over again. If the 8 questions are too much do 2 or 3 and put it away for a day or two and complete the rest after. Learning isn’t a sprint it’s a marathon so go slow if needed! He estimated, counted, sorted and counted and wrote some more.

Eddie - The Usual Mayhem says

This is great! Thanks so much for the printable. Adding foam hearts to my dollar store list for this afternoon.

admin says

I hope it’s as big a hit there as it was here. This morning My son wrote all the numbers out again on a second printable I had printed out. Made me think I will probably print out multiples from now on in hopes I get even more extra writing practice for him!

Lesley says

This is a great idea thanks. IÂ´m also intrigued in what that is hanging on the door behind your son, it looks very interesting?

admin says

That’s Friday’s post 🙂 I can’t give away all the secrets at once but it’s a fun family activity. Hopefully you’ll like it!

Sasha says

So fun! I love this. Estimation is such a tricky skill so this is great! Thanks for the idea 🙂

– Sasha

The Autism Helper

Sophie says

This is great, I think my son will love it too. Looking for things like this for after school – I noticed you have started a tab on after school series. Thanks for all the great ideas as always!!

Angela says

We did this activity this morning and they loved it! And they couldn’t wait to show their math teacher dad all about it.

ange says

I’m excited to try it!

Anna says

My kids loved this! I posted about it here.

http://www.themeasuredmom.com/letter-h-math/