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 thick 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, write simple addition problems on half the hearts and the corresponding answers on the other half. You can also use subtraction, multiplication, or division facts.
Then it’s time to play your Valentine’s Day Math Game!
There are two ways to play with the hearts. First, give them a handful of hearts and asked them to simply match the math equation to the correct answer. This is great for students just starting to learn the math facts.
The second activity is a simple math memory game.
Mix up the hearts and then turn them all upside down. Play the game like your typical memory game, flipping hearts over to find two hearts that match.
How to modify the Valentine’s Day math 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.
We have been having lots of fun with this simple Valentine’s Day math activity.
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