Numbers are fun and exciting! We love searching for numbers in different things all around us…especially when we find them in one of our favorite holidays.
When we have themes students enjoy, it helps them retain and understand what we are teaching them. So we find interesting ways to connect what they’re learning to things that matter to them.
Our little learners take pride in making their DIY Farm Number Books and can’t wait to take them home to show their family how they identify numbers and count their farm friends.
To further their learning of numbers, students build adorable snowmen with this Snowman Number Match-Up. We get even more creative with our Popcorn Number Match-Up since kids get really excited when we have popcorn for a snack during this center.
Because playing math games is a great way to get kids engaged and entertained while learning.
To bring our fondness of numbers together with a holiday theme, we’ve created these Valentine’s Day Numbers Puzzles. We use this to help our preschool and kindergarten students learn and review their numbers in a hands-on way that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Connect this math activity to literacy with these wonderful Books about Valentine’s Day.
Teaching students to have a strong number sense will promote confidence in numbers as they build a strong foundation in math skills.
Want even more ideas for teaching number sense to your students? Be sure to take a look at our collection of Number Sense Activities.
Inside You’ll Find:
- 20 pages of puzzles, covering numbers one through twenty
- Each page contains one number. Each number has four puzzle pieces, 1 with the numeral, and then 3 different representations of that number: fingers, dice, and tens frames.
I find it best if you print this center on cardstock and laminate it so you can use the center for years to come.
Supply list for Valentine’s Day Numbers Puzzles:
- paper or card stock
- laminating pouches
- Valentine’s Day Numbers Puzzles Printable (scroll down to download!)
Using Valentine’s Day Numbers Puzzles
Students will first pick a number to work on and then find the corresponding puzzle pieces. The first time you play your Valentine’s Day Numbers Puzzles you may want to have them work in groups.
Once they pick their number, students will then sort through all of the pieces, looking for which piece matches the numeral they have. This student chose the number “8.”
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 the remaining puzzle pieces according to their number.
To get this freebie, use the ‘click here to download’ button at the bottom of this page.
If you have younger students or learners struggling with this concept that might be overwhelmed with all the pieces at once, you can differentiate this activity and provide them with only two numbers at a time. Once they have mastered the puzzle pieces you gave them, you can slowly add in more.
To simplify things a little more, give your students only one representation of the number they are looking for at a time. Once they grow more confident with numbers, you can give them more options.
Want More Valentine’s Day Activity Ideas?
If you want to extend the Valentine’s Day theme across your curriculum, check out our Valentine’s Day Initial Sound and Number Match-Up.
Download Your Valentine’s Day Numbers Puzzles Printable Below!
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Have fun searching for numbers and playing these Valentine’s Day Numbers Puzzles in your classroom.