After mailing Santa a Christmas letter, you may find that your child has a new found love for sending and receiving mail. If that is the case for your little one, then these Valentine’s Day Free Printable Number Activities For Preschoolers couldn’t have come at a better time. Your child will love this fun number game where they match numbers, dots, and tally marks to the correct envelope!

Playing math counting games is a great way to work on multiple math skills and teach math concepts to preschoolers. Hands on math games are a fun way to practice numbers and get your child excited about learning numbers!

Free Valentine's Number Matching Activity

Recommended Grade Level:

Valentine’s Number Matching Activity Supplies:

  • Cardstock Paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Laminating Supplies

What Number Math Skills Should I Teach My Preschooler?

Number matching activities for preschoolers, like this cute Valentine’s Day themed one, are great for practicing a variety of number math skills.

  • number recognition (identifying and recognizing numbers 0 to 20)
  • counting to 20
  • comparing numbers (greater than, less than, equal to)
  • subitizing

What Is Subitizing?

This preschool activity for number recognition is a wonderful way to practice the skill of subitizing. Subitizing is when you can automatically recognize the number in a set without counting!

Smaller numbers up to 5 or 6 are a great place to start with subitizing. Using a die, or the heart shaped dot and tally cards from this valentine activity for kids are great resources for practicing this skill.

How To Use This Number Recognition Activity For Preschoolers:

Print this valentines preschool math activity onto white card stock. Laminate the pages and assemble the envelopes.

Pick one number to start with, and then once your child feels comfortable with how to play, add more numbers and additional heart cards.

Valentine number matching envelope for numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4

Here is an example of how to play!

Set out the envelope for the number 3. Find the heart tally card, dot card, and number card that match the number 3.

A child matches 3 tally marks and matches to the number 3 envelopes

Add in a few other heart cards so that your child has to look through the heart cards and decide which ones go into the envelope with the number 3 on it.

Once they have the hang of the game, add in some extra heart cards and another number envelope. Continue adding hearts and envelopes as your child gets more comfortable.

Number matching Valentine cards for numbers 3 and 20

Chunking the numbers into practice for 1-5, 5-10, 10-15, and 15-20 is a great place to start.

Other Ways To Use This Matching Number Activity For Preschoolers:

  • Glue the back of the envelopes onto card stock or construction paper and assemble them into a book. This makes the perfect grab and go counting and sorting activity that also has wonderful fine motor skill practice!
  • Glue the envelopes onto a number line or large piece of poster board for a great center activity for your lesson plans.
  • Place the envelopes around your classroom or home. Put the heart number cards into a baggie. Have your child draw a card from the bag and walk around the room until they find the envelope with the matching number.
  • Write the word form of the numbers onto index cards. Let your child match the written number to the corresponding envelope.
  • Practice addition skills. Can your child find two number hearts (addends) that make the number that is on the envelope (sum). Example: If the envelope says 7 they can put in 1 and 6, 2 and 5, or 3 and 4!
Valentine's day number matching game for kindergarten
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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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