With Valentine’s Day coming up, I wanted to incorporate some Valentine’s-themed learning activities into our school activities. These Matching Hearts Math Games are simple to set up and provide plenty of learning fun!
To create your own matching hearts math game, you will first need a selection of paper hearts. I cut ours from red construction paper, cutting several at the same time to ensure they’d all be the same size. (Using the same color of paper and making the hearts all the same size will increase the difficulty level of the memory game!)
Next I wrote simple addition problems on half the hearts and the corresponding answers on the other half.
Then it was time to play!
We did two separate activities with our hearts. First, I gave them a handful of hearts and asked them to simply match the math equation to the correct answer.
Our second activity was playing a memory game with our hearts.
I mixed up the hearts and then turned them all upside down. Then they played just like the typical memory game, flipping hearts over until they found the matching heart.
How to modify the matching hearts game:
You could easily modify this activity to fit the age and learning level of your kids!
For preschoolers you could place a specific number of dots on half the hearts (1 dot, 2 dots, 3 dots….) and the corresponding numbers on the other half of the hearts (1, 2, 3….) to work on counting skills. Or, you could even do lower case and upper case letters!
For older children you could use subtraction, multiplication, or even division problems. Or, give it a reading twist and use sight words or vocabulary words on half the cards and definitions on the other half.
Looking for other Valentine’s Day learning activities? Check out our Matching Hearts Sensory Bin!