Get toddlers and preschoolers moving and counting with this valentine hearts number line game. Practice number recognition with a heart matching game or jump from heart to heart and practice counting. Such a fun and simple idea for a Valentine’s Day math activity.
Valentine Hearts Number Line Matching Game
All you need for this game are paper, scissors, a marker, and room to move. Cut 10 hearts out of paper. I cut out two hearts from each piece of colored construction paper. Cut out a few sets of smaller hearts. I used a heart punch to get small hearts from paint chips (grab some for free at the store). Write the numbers 1-10 on your hearts.
Line up the big hearts on one side of the room. Set your child up with the smaller hearts on the other side of the room.
Have your child choose a small heart and take it to the matching big heart. Talk about the numbers. We often counted the numbers until we found the match. 1-2-3-4-5! Lily would place the little heart emphatically on the matching big heart.
Sometimes I would ask her to bring me a specific number. Can you find the number 5? Where is the 1?
We also practiced counting by lining the hearts up in a single line. Then, she jumped from one number to the next saying the number as she hit it. She also liked it when I picked her up and helped her jump from one number to the next.
I love how this game helps kids see the order of the numbers. It’s a super fun way to practice counting and number recognition.
More Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids
- Add a bit of learning to a simple valentine heart craft.
- Make a fizzy valentine play dough.
- Create valentine heart glyph. Practice following directions and make a secret piece of art. If you know the code, you can figure out who the owner of the heart is.
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