About this resource:
This file is a collection of games and activities intended for use in math centers and small groups with students at the Kindergarten level or with students with special needs. Use them throughout the month of February to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
Directions for Use:
1. Write & Wipe Numbers:
To prepare the cards for use in a write and wipe center, print, laminate and cut them apart. The intention of this activity is for children to practice correct number formation with a dry erase marker. The cards can be kept in a book-like format by making a hole in the top left corner and securing together with a binder ring.
2. Ten Frame Match:
To set up, print, laminate and cut along the dotted line to separate the ten frame mat from the number and tally cards. Cut out the number and tally cards. The goal is for the students to count the pictures on the ten frames and place the matching number and tally cards in the empty spaces.
3. Count & Clip Cards:
Print out all pages in color on cardstock and laminate. Cut the cards apart and put on a binder ring. Gather some clothespins and put them in a baggie. Make sure the clothespins are put with the clip cards when using and storing. The aim of this activity is for children to count the objects on the cards and to clip a clothespin to the correct number. Alternatively, the students can use a dry-erase marker to circle the correct number.
4. Missing Number Write & Wipe:
To prepare this activity, print, laminate and cut out all the cards. You may like to punch a hole in the top left hand corner of each card and secure all the cards together with a binder ring. The goal of this activity is for students to identify the missing number on each card and write it using a dry-erase marker. For non-writers, use the number cards included and the students place the number card on the heart to indicate the missing number.
5. Build a Pattern:
To set up, print and laminate all the pages. But the pattern mats in half and then cut the picture pattern cards apart. Store all of the pieces together in a ziploc bag. The aim of this activity is for students to build a pattern on their pattern mats following the example from one of the cards. They then need to fill in the empty square with the correct picture to complete the pattern.
Directions for Use:
7. Count and Graph Write & Wipe:
This activity can be used in a write & wipe center. To prepare this activity, print and laminate the cards. The goal is for students to count and then graph the different images on each card. Students use a dry-erase marker to show their results on the graph.
8. Sort the Deck:
To set up, print, laminate and cut all of the cards apart. You may want to sort the cards into piles of just two or three numbers to make it easier for the students in the beginning. Store the cards in ziploc bags. At this center, students take a bag of cards and sort them into piles according to the number. Some students may need the number attached to a paper bag or small basket to make it easier for them to sort.
Print and laminate the sorting mats. Print, laminate and cut apart the sorting pieces. Store all of the pieces together in a ziploc bag. The aim of this activity is for students to sort the cards on their sorting mats following the example from one of the cards.
Additional Ways to use these materials:
1. Subitizing Practice:
The cards contained in the Sort the Deck activity and the five and ten frames in the bonus section of this resource can also be used as flashcards for subitizing practice with your students.
The cards contained in the Sort the Deck activity can also be used for matching quantity to number. Or use the number cards and manipulatives to work on counting and matching number to quantity.
3. Incorporate Manipulatives:
Use the blank pattern mats, five and ten frames and graphing mats with manipulatives for more hands on learning activities. Students can create their own patterns, practice counting on the ten frames by drawing a card and placing manipulatives on their frames. Place manipulatives on a students’ blank graph mat and have them count them and then colour the correct number of squares. Or use a die and have students roll the die and then colour the correct number of squares. Use ice cube trays or candy molds from the dollar store as ten frames and have students take turns drawing number cards and placing the correct number of manipulatives in the tray or mold.