Dice games of any and all kinds are always a hit with my students. I love that they’re simple to set up, fun for the kiddos, and pack in a lot of learning through play! With that in mind, I put together two printable valentine games for kids to play with dice.
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free printable valentine games for kids
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I used some fun Valentine’s Day clip art as the basis for these dice games – adding the numbers, sections, and text on the computer. Feel free to grab a copy for yourself via the links below!
The dice games look so simple, but they really engage the kiddos in a variety of ways. Here are some of the concepts that can be taught using the games –
- Number identification
- One-to-one correspondence
- Pattern recognition
- Turn-taking and cooperation
- Addition and subtraction
valentine games for kids to play
I tend to use the dice games a few different ways, depending on the children’s needs and interests. I love that they can be tailored to suit different needs in the classroom or at home. Here are the two main ways I use the dice game with my preschool classroom –
Roll and Cover
For this version, I print out the color version of the dice game and laminate it. Two kiddos (or an adult and a child, or teams of kids) play together. One child picks a color of candy hearts, with the other child picking a different color. They take turns rolling a die and covering up the appropriate number with one of their candy hearts. Whoever has the most numbers covered at the end of the game is the winner.
Roll and Color
Sometimes the kiddos really really want to take home their dice games. The black-and-white version is perfect for this version of the game! Again, two children play together (or an adult and a child, or teams of kiddos). One child chooses a crayon, colored pencil, or dot paint marker (the kids love those!), with the other child choosing a different color crayon (or dot paint marker). They take turns rolling a die, coloring in the appropriate sections depending on what the die says. Whoever has the most numbers covered at the end of the game is the winner (and can take the paper home).
Do your children/students like dice games? What other valentine games for kids would you suggest?
Heart Lesson Plans
Be sure to check out our heart-themed lesson plans for the preschool classroom or the homeschool preschool family. They include weekly plans, explanations of all of the activities, and 9 extra printables to supplement the hands-on learning lessons.
Even more fun Valentine’s Day activities
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Printable Valentine’s Day Dice Games // Fun-A-Day
FREE Number Bingo // The STEM Laboratory
Pre-Writing Alphabet Practice with Conversation Hearts // Preschool Inspirations
Heart Match Up Activity // Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Counting Roses // Best Toys 4 Toddlers
Conversation Heart Counting Cards // Life Over C’s
Love Bug Clock // Fairy Poppins
Counting Heart Cake Toppers // Adventures of Adam
Heart Wreath // Powerful Mothering
Magic Heart Sight Words // Playdough to Plato
Simple Suspended Conversation Heart Discovery Bottle // Lemon Lime Adventures
Valentine Numbers and Counting Hearts // Play and Learn Everyday
Teach Buttoning Skills with Heart Buttons // Sugar Aunts
Free Valentine’s Day Addition Memory Game // DIY Farm Wife
Hearts Pom Pom Game // Teach Me Mommy
I Spy Valentine’s Day Heart Bottle // The Pleasantest Thing
Color Sorting Hearts // Modern Preschool
Candy Heart Addition Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
We Go Together Like PB&J Homemade Game // Study at Home Mama
Valentine’s Day CVC Board Game // Liz’s Early Learning Spot