This is a super simple valentine math activity for preschoolers. I actually used our broken heart numbers as a math invitation during center time.
valentine math activity for matching numerals to quantities
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1. Cut out 10 hearts. I used our preschool’s die-cut machine since I was cutting out hearts for other activities already. It would have been simple to cut the hearts out by hand, too.
2. Cut each heart in half, creating little heart “puzzles”. I tried to cut out slightly different designs – zigzags, squiggles, etc.
3. Write a numeral on the left-hand side of each broken heart. Write the corresponding number of hearts on the other side of each paper heart. You could use stickers or stamps, as well. I just went the simplest route!
4. Place the hearts out for the children. I chose to put all of the numerals on one side, with all of the heart quantities on the other side.
I chose to make broken hearts for numbers 1 to 10. I think I’ll introduce the teens next!
What the kids did
The children approached this simple math invitation in a variety of ways. Some of the children wanted to do all of the heart numbers on their own.
Other children were into doing this activity with their buds. I had fun listening to their conversations. One group of girls made it sound like they were in the operating room – “8 please. I need an 8 now.” A different group of children turned it into a game, yelling out, “break the heart!” I’m still a little unclear as to the rules of that game, but they were having fun, counting together, and matching the numbers.
Do you think your kiddos would enjoy this simple valentine math activity?