Do you do a hearts theme in preschool or a Valentine’s theme? Either way, these heart themed counting printables are a festive addition to your preschool math centers.
You can grab your printables from the end of this post.
Did I mention these are FREE printables?! They are! So don’t forget to grab them!
Teach One-to-One Correspondence with Heart Themed Counting Printables
What are some ways you teach one-to-one correspondence?
So needless to say, when Valentine’s Day rolls around I rely on these heart themed counting printables for my preschoolers. I like that they fit into all traditional aspects of Valentine’s Day, but I also like that they fit into my friendship themed lesson plans, too.
Hearts are friendly shapes, I think.
Tips for Developing One-to-One Correspondence Skills
Before I share my heart themed Valentines counting printable, I wanted to offer a few tips for teaching one-to-one correspondence to preschoolers. Some preschoolers struggle with mastering this concept, so it’s important that as effective teachers we have the right knowledge of how to teach counting.
Here are a few tips are teaching counting to preschoolers.
- Start with small, manageable numbers.
- Model then practice.
- Use a variety of materials to maintain interest.
- Try different counting activities that are skill level appropriate.
Heart Themed Counting Printables – Valentine’s Grid Games
Counting is something we practice all year long. And every single day.
- Free printable heart grid game
- heart shaped manipulative (or buttons or another counting manipulative)
- Dice (preferably with numerals instead of pips)
Place the printable grid games on a tray with some counting manipulatives in a small bowl. I love these acrylic hearts and Melamine bowls are very durable and kid-friendly. The acrylic hearts come in lots of colors. You can get them in packs of red and pink, and also purple, too! And the Melamine bowls come with some tasting spoons (like the kind for Miso soup) which are perfect for sensory bins!
The acrylic hearts and fun for the light table, too, but if you don’t have acrylic hearts small buttons or even Conversation Hearts candies will work. Check out these cute rainbow-colored heart shaped buttons! I am such a sucker for holiday buttons!
How to Use the Heart Themed Counting Printables
These grid games are designed to zig-zag from one side of the paper to the other. This gives the children a lot of practice in one-to-one correspondence.
Roll the dice and identify the numeral, then cover the corresponding number of hearts on the grid game.
Each game has a special story. A bird trying to find his friends. A bee trying to find some flowers. A butterfly trying to find his caterpillar friend. So the children start at the beginning of the page in the upper left corner and cover hearts with each roll moving along the grid.
There are advantages to both.
Dice with numerals will reinforce number identification skills.
Dice with pips will develop subitizing skills. You can read more about subitizing in this post.
Four More Ways to Use the Heart Themed Counting Printables
As with any counting activity for preschoolers, you may need to make accommodations for the different skill ranges of your learners.
- For your youngest preschoolers, have them just match the heart manipulative to each heart on the grid.
- Have young preschoolers count on a counting card first, before transferring the hearts to the grid.
- Or, have them roll the dice and add the corresponding number of hearts anywhere they would like, rather than following the zig-zag path of the grid.
- Older preschoolers will enjoy using two dice and adding the numbers together so they get to practice counting larger quantities at once.
What are some other creative ways to use the Valentine’s counting printable? I love a printable with multiple uses!
Grab your FREE Heart Themed Counting Printable!
Then keep reading for even more free printables and ideas for your Valentine’s of Friendship theme in preschool!
WANT SOME PRINTABLE VALENTINE’S ACTIVITIES?
Here are some more free Valentine’s printables for preschoolers.
Oh, and check out my NEW Friendship Activity Pack!
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Valentine’s Printables for Preschoolers
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I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.