Do you like candy hearts?
Some people love them. Some people love to hate them. Me, personally, I love them!
Even if you hate them, they’re a fun way to add a little Valentine’s twist to learning.
Grab a box of candy hearts and get ready to practice addition with this fun Valentine’s Day math activity, Candy Heart Addition.
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The concept for this activity is really simple. We’re going to use candy hearts as a math manipulative to work on our addition skills.
How to set up:
Pull your math problems from the group of math facts your child is currently working on. Or, write down some problems from a homework sheet. This is a great way to use a set of flashcards sent home from school.
Write your math problems on a few index cards if you don’t have flashcards.
How to play Candy Heart Addition:
Grab a math problem. Use candy hearts to put the correct amount on two of the doilies.
In the example above, the math problem is 4+1. We put four candy hearts on one doily and one candy heart on another doily.
Add the two numbers together and put the correct amount of candy hearts on the third doily.
Word through your pile of math problems using your candy heart manipulatives to solve each one.
Extend the fun:
You can use this activity to practice subtraction too. It’s not just an addition activity. Use this activity to supplement whatever your child needs to work on.
Make the activity a little harder. Eliminate the third doily and do the math without the manipulatives.
This activity is a nice way to introduce the concept of addition. Demonstrate how you can count the candy hearts on the first two doilies to find the answer to the equation.
Grab your candy hearts for this fun Valentine’s Day math activity. It’s a lot of fun – and you don’t have to eat them if you don’t want to!
If you enjoyed Candy Heart Addition, the above photo is perfect for sharing on Facebook. Or, you can share the picture below on Pinterest.
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