Grab some dice and these printable preschool valentine games for lots of math fun. Be sure to add these to your valentine activities for preschoolers.
You can grab your own printable dice games at the bottom of this post!
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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 math through play!
With that in mind, I put together two free printable valentine games for kids to play with dice.
Preschool Valentine Games
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.
Related: Valentine Math Activities
Dice Game Materials
Before you get started, you might want to grab a few items. The main items you’ll need are (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
- Printable Valentine games – available at the bottom of this post
If the games will be consumable, the kids will need something to color with:
For reusable games, you’ll want some of the following:
What Do Kids Learn with These Valentine Dice Games?
The dice games look so simple, but they really engage the kids in a variety of ways.
Here are some of the concepts that can be taught using the preschool valentine games:
- Number identification
- One-to-one correspondence
- Pattern recognition
- Turn-taking and cooperation
- Addition and subtraction
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. Below are the two main ways I use the dice game with my preschool classroom.
Roll and Cover Preschool Valentine Games
For this version, print out the color version of the dice game and laminate it. If you’d rather not laminate the sheets, you can place them in dry erase pockets instead.
After the pages are protected, introduce the game to the children.
Two children (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.
If you don’t want to use candy hearts, you can use glass gems instead. Or any other small manipulative, really.
Roll and Color Valentine Dice Games
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!
Print out the black-and-white version, and then show the kids how to play.
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 like dice games? How would you use these free printable valentine games in your classroom?
Preschool Lesson Plans for Valentine’s Day
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes book suggestions, printable plans, over 30 learning activities (both whole group and centers) related to the theme, and corresponding printables.
You can also find us on Teachers Pay Teachers
More Valentine’s Day Activities and Games for Kids
If your students loved the preschool valentine games, they’re sure to enjoy some of these other ideas!
FREE Number Bingo from The STEM Laboratory
Pre-Writing Alphabet Practice with Conversation Hearts from Preschool Inspirations
Counting Roses from Best Toys 4 Toddlers
Conversation Heart Counting Cards from Life Over C’s
Love Bug Clock from Fairy Poppins
Heart Wreath from Powerful Mothering
Magic Heart Sight Words from Playdough to Plato
Simple Suspended Conversation Heart Discovery Bottle from Lemon Lime Adventures
Valentine Numbers and Counting Hearts from Play and Learn Every Day
Valentine Math: Portable Ten Frame with Hearts from Lalymom
Teach Buttoning Skills with Heart Buttons from The OT Toolbox
Hearts Pom Pom Game from Teach Me Mommy
I Spy Valentine’s Day Heart Bottle from Simple Play Ideas
Color Sorting Hearts from Modern Preschool
Candy Heart Addition Cards from The Kindergarten Connection
Homemade PB&J Felt Game from Sugar, Spice, and Glitter
Valentine’s Day CVC Board Game from Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Free Printable Preschool Valentine Games
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This post was originally published on January 21, 2016.