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Valentine's Day Counting Math Mats

I love teaching my little ones with fun holiday themed activities.  With Valentine's Day around the corner, I made these Valentine's themed counting mats to practice counting numbers 1-10.  This printable will help build number sense, such as: 1:1 correspondence, counting, and number recognition.

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Valentine's Day Preschool Counting Math Mats

They are akin to the concept of flashcards, but way cuter!  Provide your child with small heart manipulatives and your child will work on fine motor skills, too! 

Valentine's Counting Activity


Print and laminate the printable for durability.  Cut apart the counting mats.

Provide your child with a counting manipulative such as:

Valentine's Day Preschool Counting Activity

Building Number Sense:

Have your child put the number cards in numerical order.

Touching the manipulatives as they add them to each mat will hopefully plant a seed that the number +1 is the next number; ie. 3+1=4.

Valentine's Day Counting Printable Number Mats

Help your child build number sense with the "look and say" method.  I find it helpful to have my children repeat after me when I am teaching a new spelling rule, pointing out unknown word, and/or math fact.

Look and point at the number
Say the number
Count out the number on your fingers
Then, add that many hearts to printable math mats.

Continue for numbers up to 10.

Or, Make a Counting Book:

On another note, you could also make this into a little Valentine's Day Counting Book by using stickers or Do A Dot markers.

Just cut out each number mat and staple the mats together to make a book!

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