Activity for ages 4 to 6.
My kindergarten students always love counting with manipulatives during math so I was excited to pull together this Valentine’s themed heart counting mat to give young learners hands-on practice counting 1 to 20.
This heart counting mat is super easy to prepare!
I just printed the download (found below) and ran the mat through my laminator since students would be using a dry erase marker to write the number of hearts they count. (You could place it in a plastic sleeve instead if you’d prefer.)
I grabbed some plastic red and pink hearts that I had picked up from the Dollar Tree. Candy hearts, mini erasers, or foam shape hearts would work well too. You could even change up the manipulative that students are using.
I like to give my students their manipulatives in a small container. The plastic container for storing the hearts also came from the Dollar Tree.
I grabbed a paper clip and pencil for spinning the spinner and a dry erase marker for writing the number.
We were ready for some heart counting!
For this activity my students first spun the 1-20 spinner. In the example below, the clip landed on the number 8.
The children counted out the number of hearts to match the number they spun on the spinner. Since the student spun 8 on the spinner, they counted out 8 hearts on the ten frame.
Counting out the hearts was great one-to-one counting practice!
After the students counted out the 8 hearts on the ten frame, the final step was for them to write how many hearts they counted.
It is important for my students to be able to write the number that matches the set they counted so I love giving them the opportunity to practice writing numbers.
Students repeated the some process: spinning, counting, and writing until their time was finished.
The heart counting activity would be great for independent or partner work. Once students are familiar with it, it would even be a great addition to a math station in the classroom.