# Valentine Math

These activities use Valentine heart candy. I bought a box for each child in my class. I found them at the Dollar Tree, 4 boxes per pack for \$1.00. You might not want to do all 3 of these activities, but you can pick and choose the ones you want.

### Candy Heart Sort & Count

Children sort a small box of candy hearts onto the colored hearts on the mat. When they are done, have them count how many hearts of each color and write the number on each heart. These could be laminated & used with dry erase markers if you don’t want to print one for each child.

### Candy Heart Count

Children place one candy heart on each heart on the paper. You might want to have them color the hearts the same colors as the candy. Then they count how many they have of each color & write or stamp the number in the space. It would be a good idea to underline each color word with a crayon for non-readers.

### Candy Heart Graph

Basically the same activity as above, but in a graph style. Graph and count how many candy hearts of each color. Optional: Have children color the graph.

I have more ideas & printables on my Valentines page.

Karen is the founder of PreKinders.com. She also works as a full-time Pre-K teacher in Georgia.

1. Ayn Colsh says:

Love the ideas! I’d lost the graph I used to use. You saved the day! Thanks!

2. annie bobo says:

I love this original idea. Very helpful.

Thanks You!

3. Laura Conn says:

I too lost my graphs. So I am going to hard laminate these so they will last. As long as I don’t misplace them!

4. Rosemary Neely says:

Thank you for practical hands-on activities that work for my kids & what they need! These just add more fun to their learning.

5. Ayn Colsh says:

I gave you an award on my blog today! Thanks for all you share!
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• Karen says:

Thanks for the award! Thanks also for posting your link– it’s great to see another pre-k blog!!

6. Teacher Tom says:

I love using these little Sweetheart candies for V-day activities. Now I have some fresh ones for next year. Thanks!

One of the problems with using candy is, of course, that kids want to eat them. I don’t really care, but we have a lot of parents who are strictly anti-candy. My solution is to make sure to start the activity by dumping all the candy on the floor and emphasizing that now it’s too dirty to eat. A few still get swiped, but I have some candy that’s over 5 years old that’s still in use! How’s that for conserving resources? =)

7. pharieprincess says:

You saved the day. I lost my graph and wanted to use this along with an extension activity for my 2nd graders. They have to take this data and create a line plot and a bar graph on their own. Thanks for sharing.