Do your kids love snap cubes? I don’t know what it is about these little squares of plastic, but the excitement that fills the room when I bring them out is like no other. We have used snap cubes to help with alphabet, numbers, and even CVC words! No matter what the activity, they are a hit every time. The cubes themselves make what we are learning exciting and that alone is motivating for kids! These Valentine’s Day Snap Cube Mats are helpful for motivating kids to strengthen fine motor skills, counting and more.
Valentine Snap Cube Picture Mats
These snap cube mats are not just cute and fun for Valentine’s Day. They are that, but they are more! Children will strengthen fine motor skills while placing them in the right spot. Math skills, such as sorting, classifying and counting will be transformed.
Please note: These mats do require 2 sets of snap cubes because some mats use 20 of a color.
Prep and Play
This is another one of my favorite types of activities. Once you prep it once, you are prepped for life. You can use it over and over. On demand even!
The first step to getting this activity ready is to print out each of the mats. There are ten all together. The designs are all Valentine’s Day related including a chocolate dipped strawberry, diamond ring, various hearts, flower and more!
These can be printed back to back if you are prepping for your home. If you are prepping for a classroom, I would suggest doing each one on a separate page.
The next step is to protect the sheets. Depending on the activity, I either laminate or use a dry erase pouch. If you plan to use these mats over and over, laminating might be the best idea. If you aren’t sure, dry erase pouches are my favorite.
Grab your snap cubes and get ready to play!
Playing with these mats is not only great for strengthening fine motor skills, but it is FUN!
Choose which mat you would like to work with first.
The first step to playing can be to trace the letter with a dry erase marker.
The letter on each mat is the first letter of the word written and the picture.
The next step is to fill in the picture by snapping together the cubes. If you are using the Math Link Cubes, you can have children place them on the corresponding colored square. The squares of the picture are color coordinated. Use the cubes to create the picture.
When the picture is formed, the next step is to sort or count the colors. An easier way to sort and count is to pull the snap cubes off of the picture. Sort them by color, then count each cube for the first color. Write that on the space provided on the bottom of the mat. Move on to the next color and so on.
A more challenging way would be to count the cubes of each color while on the mat and write them in the designated areas.
Repeat the process with each picture and mat.
- To increase fine motor skill strengthening even more, put cubes in one big tray or bowl and ask child to pick out the color they need using fine motor tweezers. This not only helps strengthen hand and finger muscles but is increasing the challenge as well.
- Have children create the picture with cubes on the side of the mat, this will add more challenge.
- Instead of using a dry erase marker or crayon to trace the letter, ask child to form the letter with play dough and place it on the letter.
- Ask child to count the color of cubes, sorting them, but then add up all of the numbers to see how many blocks were used in total.
Valentine Book Suggestions:
Pair the Valentine Snap Cube Mats up with some of our favorite Valentine Books for a fun math and literacy activity.
Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink (Gilbert the Opossum)Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is CoolHappy Valentine’s Day, Curious GeorgeHappy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! (If You Give…)Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! (A Click Clack Book)Llama Llama I Love YouSplat the Cat: Funny ValentinePinkalicious: Pink of HeartsLittle Critter: Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter!