Learning to count is an important skill that preschoolers love to practice year round. Simple counting games for preschoolers that are holiday themed are a wonderful way to get your students to practice their numbers while their minds are focused on handing out valentines and eating sweet treats. This fun Valentine’s Day Roll and Count Mat: Numbers 1-6 is a great addition to the math center! Interactive counting games make preschoolers get excited about math while building number sense. And, remember, a preschool Valentine’s Day math activity should always end with a hug and kiss!

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Valentine Roll and Count Supplies:

  • Printer/Ink
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Foam Hearts
  • Die

Building Math Skills in Preschoolers

PRESCHOOL VALENTINE’S DAY ACTIVITIES

INTERACTIVE COUNTING GAMES FOR PRESCHOOL PROVIDE AN INTERESTING WAY TO LEARN. KIDS LOVE ROLLING DICE AND COUNTING FUN OBJECTS.

Incorporating counting into your child’s play time is the perfect counting activity for preschoolers! Building a tower? Practice counting the blocks!

Zooming cars around? Line them up and find out how many you have! Create a “road” with pattern blocks.

Coloring a masterpiece? Set a few crayons aside and let your child practice counting them. It can be as simple as that!

Playing board games is another great way to practice counting with young children.

Free preschool counting games, like this Valentine’s Day math activity for preschoolers, is just another example of a fun and interactive way to practice counting skills with your little one!

Between adorable snail and the sparkly foam hearts, this valentine math activity for preschoolers is sure to be a hit with your children. You can use it as an opportunity to develop math vocabulary, too:

  • How many hearts in all?
  • Did you know that was 2 without counting? How?
  • What’s the biggest number on the die? Smallest?
  • Can you count backwards?
Free Printable Valentine's Day Counting Activity

What Can Preschoolers Learn From a Valentine’s Theme Counting Mat?

LEARNING GAMES FOR MATH IN PRESCHOOL

MATH GAMES ARE A SURE WAY TO ENGAGE KIDS IN EARLY LEARNING. THEY NEED TO BE ENGAGED TO ACTIVELY LEARN NUMBERS AND COUNTING.

Here are some of the math skills related to numbers that you can work on with your preschooler.

  • Rote counting (saying numbers in sequential order)
  • One-to one-correspondence (counting out objects one at a time)
  • Number recognition
  • Numbers in word form
  • Basic addition
  • Comparing numbers
The Valentine's Day Roll and Count game with 3 hearts on it.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Work On Number Sense Activities?

Preschool counting clip cards and number recognition activities and games provide a solid foundation for future math skills.

Number Identification: Number identification is sometimes the first step towards understanding what numbers are. Kids need lots of practice to be able to look at a number and name it appropriately.

Counting Fluency: Being able to count smoothly and effortlessly goes a long way toward ease with future math concepts and skills. It takes lots of counting practice to reach that level of ease.

One-to One Correspondence: Counting groups of objects and assigning each object one more gives meaning to the numbers that kids identify. Then they begin understanding quantity.

Make Connections: Preschool counting games help kids make connections between different numbers. It helps them see 10 is greater than 2, or 5 is an odd number.

How to Make the Valentine Roll and Count Mat

To Prep:

Print the preschool Valentine activity math mat onto white card stock and laminate it or slip it into a clear plastic sleeve.

Get your foam hears or other manipulative, grab a die, and you are ready to go!

To Play:

Roll the die (or two dice depending on how high you want your child to practice counting).

After your child counts how many dots they see on the die, they will count the same number of hearts onto the Valentine math for preschool mat.

Then, clear the mat and roll again!

The Valentine Math Play Dough Counting Game with 3 hearts on it.

Extend the Valentine’s Day Counting Activity:

Write the Number

If you want your child or students to practice writing numbers on the valentine math mat for preschool, just have them use a dry erase marker and write the numeral on the mat after they count the hearts.

Use Play Dough

Instead of using foam hearts for the fun counting game for preschool, work fine motor muscles by having kids make their own hearts out of play dough with each roll.

Roll 2 Dice

Work on addition skills by rolling two dice and then adding the numbers together. Use different colored counters to show the two different numbers before you find the sum. Adapt the easy counting game for preschool in any way.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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