We did quite a few math activities for valentine’s day! We sorted by color, graphed, estimated, and practiced our 1:1 correspondence! As you can imagine, this has kept us busy over the past couple of weeks! I like to do these activites with just 2 or 3 children at a time, and with 20 kids in my class – it takes awhile! 🙂
To do all of these activities, I used conversation hearts. First I made sorting mats for the kids to use. I cut out small hearts (in the colors of the candy hearts) and glued them to read paper. Then I laminated them (so I can use them year after year). They turned out great and other teachers have borrowed them since! To do the sorting I gave each child a sorting mat and about 20 candy hearts. I asked them to sort the hearts by colors (pink on pink, orange on orange, and so on). Everyone was able to do this without any problems! YAY! I was very excited!
Next, we used this graph (scroll down to page 7) to graph the heart candy we had just sorted. I had already colored the words at the bottom to show what color went in each column. Then I had the children place the candy hearts in their correct column and count how many of each color they had. Then as they took the candy pieces off, they colored the boxes the same color of the candy (we used blue for white because a white crayon wouldn’t show up). I realized afterward they could have just glued the hearts to the graph – and it would have had the same effect! Also, after we had just about finished with this activity, Karen over at PreKinders came out with her own version of this project.
For the estimation we used this paper and I had the children make a guess then I helped them write their guess on the line. Afterward they glue on candy hearts and together we counted them and I once again helped them write the number on the line. Many children enjoyed this “game” and wanted to “play” again! Since they liked the estimation so much I let them guess out many hearts they could hold in one handful, then we counted those to see how close they were! We wrote their guesses and the actual amount on a laminated poster board and hung it one the wall for everyone to see! They really enjoyed this – after all, what kids doesn’t like to grab handfuls of candy? 🙂
The last activity we did was play a Valentine’s Grid Game where the children roll a dice, count how many dots are on the dice, then place that many markers on their game board. The game is played until all the spots are full! This is not our first grid game and the children always love to play them!