Valentine’s Day is filled with candy and crafts, but if you want to make your holiday a little more educational, try this fun math activity instead! Kids who are struggling with the concept of fractions will find it helpful to see how fractions work right before their eyes. Allowing kids to play hands-on with real fractional pieces can improve their understanding of this often difficult-to-understand concept.
If your kids are struggling to learn fractions, this visual, hands-on method of teaching fractions will help them learn fractions without even realizing it! Heart fractions are the perfect way to tie your math lessons into Valentine’s Day for a day filled with learning and holiday spirit.
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THE HEART FRACTIONS:
- Construction paper
First, cut hearts out from your paper by folding it in half and cutting out a heart shape along the fold. When you open the shape, a heart will be revealed.
Divide the heart into as even pieces as you can. Since it is a heart shape, it’s hard to make the sizes precisely accurate, but this should’t be too much of a problem if your shapes are more or less even.
Write in the fraction for each piece. Cut apart the hearts along the lines.
Scramble up the heart pieces.
Let the kids unscramble the fractions and put them back together again with the correct pieces. It’s pretty tricky with smaller fractions!
Once the puzzles are complete, challenge your kids to learn more about fractions using the following ideas:
WAYS TO USE HEART FRACTIONS
- Compare hearts for equivalent fractions
- Determine what fractions are bigger, smaller, or the same as other fractions (for example, is 2/3 or 4/9 bigger?)
- Estimate fraction size
- Adding fractions
- Subtracting fractions
- Multiplying fractions
- Reducing fractions
- Finding common denominators
See what other challenges your kids can come up with!