These Valentine’s Day math centers are such a fun addition to February activities! The math centers cover skills such as comparing numbers, more and less, addition and subtraction! They’re best suited to kids in Kindergarten.
When it comes to teaching math, I’ve found kids learn best when doing hands-on activities. The following Valentine’s Day math activities are easy to prep and require just a few math manipulatives such as connecting cubes and counters.
Valentine’s Day Number Activities
These more and less work mats are a fun way for kids to develop number sense. First put a number card on the monster. Then build the number that is one more and one less with connecting cubes. Finally write the number that is one less and one more on the mat with an erasable marker. I like using dry erase pocket sleeves because they’re so much easier to wipe clean than a laminated work mat! I found mine online but I’ve seen them at office supply stores too.
You can check out some of the fun hands-on activities for teaching kids how to compare numbers below. Some of the activities include a follow up worksheet too.
A fun and simple way for kids to compare numbers is to build number towers with connecting cubes. Begin by choosing a number card. Next build the two numbers out of connecting cubes and place them on the bears. After that look at the height of the number towers to determine which is greater or less. Then place a clothes pin on the answer.
With the following math game, kids need to compare two picture cards. Put the card with less candy hearts on the blue box and the one with more candy hearts on the pink box. After that grab another two cards to compare and repeat the process until all of the cards have been sorted.
Valentine’s Day Addition Activities
Decomposing Ten Activities for Kindergarten
I LOVE these work mats for teaching kids how to decompose ten. I’ve included two levels of difficulty. The first set of cards helps kids learn about the different ways to decompose ten. The second set requires kids to find the missing addend. There’s also a fun friends of ten rainbow worksheet that kids can complete at the end.
Addition to Ten Clip Cards
The following addition cards are a fun way to introduce kids to the part part whole concept. Start by working out how many cubes are in each part and write the numbers in the first two boxes. Next add these together. Finally write how many cubes there are altogether in the last box.
Valentine’s Day Subtraction Activities
This simple math game helps kids learn to subtract sums up to ten. Start by choosing an addition card. Read the first number of the sum and count that amount onto the ten frame. Then read the second number and take that number away by pushing that amount of counters onto the gift. Count the remaining amount on the ten frame to work out the answer. After that record the sum on the recording worksheet and then choose another sum to work on.
If you’d like to learn more about any of these Valentine’s Day math centers click on the download link below. I’ve made another set of math centers that focuses on counting, numbers to 30, shapes, patterning and measurement. You can learn more about those math activities here.
More Valentine’s Day Activities
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