## Counting on Valentine fun

I hope you had a fun and sweet Valentine’s Day with your little ones.  Most likely your child was delighted when she received valentines as well as some valentine-themed candy.  So counting valentines or candy pieces would be a fun and educational activity that naturally follows the Valentine’s Day celebration.  Place a large group of candy pieces in front of your child and ask her to count them.  She could collect the candy in groups of five as she counts and then return to the piles and recount the candy by 5s.  Or she could place the candy pieces into pairs as she counts and then recount the candy by 2s as she points to each pair.  Continue the Valentine’s Day theme with the colorful Valentine’s Day math worksheets that provide practice with counting, graphing, patterning and sorting/classifying skills.

The three counting worksheets ask children to count the amount of Valentine’s Day items in a box and circle the correct number at the side of the box.  Encourage your little one to touch each picture as she counts to reinforce one-to-one correspondence.  If your child is just learning the numerals, ask her to first point to each number and say its name before she counts the items in the box.