Valentine’s Day and all of the goodies that come with it is a very exciting holiday for our little learners.
Instead of just talking about cupid’s day, we incorporate it into our classroom in different ways. I adore looking around and seeing our room decorated with our Heart Thumbprint Crafts.
Our emerging readers are able to practice their sounds and phonemes at the beginning of words with our Valentine’s Day Initial Sound Match-up. The smiles and giggles are contagious as we play Valentine’s Day Bingo.
I couldn’t imagine the holiday any other way!
If you’d like to have some bingo fun year round with your class,be sure to look at our Holiday Bingo Bundle.
Because playing literacy and math games is a great way to get kids learning without realizing they’re learning.
Now our little mathematicians can show what they know with this Valentine’s Day Number Match-Up. This activity helps our preschool and kindergarten students learn and review their numbers in an enjoyable way that’s perfect for this heart-filled holiday.
When we help our students to develop a strong number sense, it will promote confidence in numbers as they build a strong foundation in math skills.
Have you been looking for more ways to use numbers in your classroom? You’ll want to check out all of the Number Sense Activities you’ll be able to use across your curriculum.
Valentine’s Day Number Match-Up
Learning and reviewing our numbers has never been so entertaining! This holiday theme match-up is a great resource that will help your little learners identify and practice their number skills.
You can use this Valentine’s Day Number Match-Up during math stations, independent work time, or in small review groups.
Inside you will find:
- 5 sheets of mailboxes covering numbers one through twenty.
- 20 sheets with Valentine’s Day envelopes. Each number has 6 envelopes, 1 with the numeral, and then 5 different representations of that number: fingers, dice, dominoes, tally, and ten frames.
- This resource also comes in black and white to save on ink, so there are a total of 50 pages.
Getting the Valentine’s Day Number Match-Up Ready
Once you purchase and download it, this holiday math activity is very easy to prep. You’ll want to print it out (either in color or black and white) and cut using a paper trimmer. Gather all of the pieces and put them in a container. I use plastic pencil cases to store centers like these. You’ll be able to keep everything in one place, and they do not use up a lot of space.
Using the Valentine’s Day Number Match-Up
Students will start this match-up activity by choosing a mailbox with a number on it. I always encourage my students to say the number out loud. This student chose the number 7.
They will then sort through all of the Valentine’s Day themed envelopes looking for the representations of the number 7. Once the mailbox is “filled” with all six envelopes that correspond with their number, they can then pick a new mailbox and start again.
You may want to have your little learners work in groups the first time they complete their Valentine’s Day Number Match-Up.
Another way this activity could be used is to have all of the numbers laid out on a table or the floor. Students will then sort through the remaining pieces according to their number.
If you have younger learners or students struggling with this concept that might be overwhelmed with all the pieces at once, you can differentiate this activity and provide them with two numbers at a time. You can slowly add in more pieces once they have mastered the numbers you’ve given them.
To simplify this activity, even more, you can give students only one representation of the number they are looking for at a time. As your students grow more confident in identifying the corresponding numbers, you can give your students more options.
Students will have a lovely time while playing this number match-up and showing what they know with number sense skills.
Download this Valentine’s Day Number Match-Up Now!
Are you ready to implement this into your classroom or home?
Looking for more activities with numbers that can be used throughout the year? Be sure to take a look at our Number Subitizing Match-Up Mega Bundle.
Want More Holiday Ideas?
Don’t forget to check out our Holidays Around the World! You’ll find crafts, activities, worksheets, and so much more!
If you can’t find a resource that you would LOVE to have for your classroom, Contact me and I would be happy to make it.