I love Valentine’s Day. I know that it is a totally commercial holiday for no purpose other than selling pretty pink things, chocolates and flowers, but I still love it. (Maybe because those are all my favorite things…) So bringing Valentine’s Day into our learning time just makes sense. In fact, as soon as I took down the Christmas tree, I started making Valentine decorations to replace all the pretty, twinkly things. I love these Valentine ten-frame number mats for 1-10, well, because they are pink. If you hate pink, I’m sorry, but we probably can’t be friends. *wink*

Valentine ten-frame number mats! Practice counting to 10 with these differentiated ten-frame mats.

Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for the Valentine Play Dough Mats:

  • Paper
  • Laminating Pouches
  • Laminator
  • Valentine Heart Vase Fillers
  • Play Dough

These number mats are very quick prep! All you need to do is print and laminate them.

2 versions are included for easy differentiation. One version has the correct number of spaces filled in on the ten-frame and the second version leaves the ten-frame blank for students to fill in on their own. This way kids that need some extra support have just what they need to succeed.

I love using HP Instant Ink because it allows me to print in full color without ever worrying about the cost. I pay a low fee each month and they deliver the ink directly to my door, so that I never run out and I’m not charged extra for printing in color. Register using this link and you can even get a free month!

To Use the Valentine Ten-Frame Number Mats:

Use the heart gems to count the correct number of hearts in the ten-frame and above the ten-frame.

Then use a dry-erase crayon to trace the number and the number word. You can also use play dough to shape the number for a fun alternative.

No matter how you use them, the kids are sure to enjoy their counting time!

Valentine theme number mats heart ten frame
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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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