I had a bad experience with conversation hearts when I was a kid. After eating some of the classic Valentine’s Day confection, I happened to suffer from a stomach bug. So, for years I associated the little candies with being sick to my stomach. Years (okay….many years) later, I can finally eat them again. Not only do I like to eat them, but I also like to use them for learning activities. Here are ten fun conversation heart learning activities for you and your kiddos.
1. How many conversation hearts will fit on a paper heart? Cut out paper hearts in various sizes. Ask kids to predict how many pieces of candy will fit on the hearts and practice counting as they fill the paper hearts.
2. Take it to the next level. Place the paper heart (I used cardstock) on a block or spool. Now, see how many conversation hearts will fit on the paper heart. Does using a different size paper heart, a different type of paper, or a different type of platform make a difference?
3. Practice numeral recognition and counting. Use a set of number cards and ask kids to count the appropriate quantity of conversation hearts. Compare the quantities. Which are bigger? Which are smaller? Look at differences between two numbers.
4. Grab a handful. Ask two children to grab a handful of conversation hearts and count them. Who had the greater number? Who had the smaller number?
5. Sort by color. Sort the conversation hearts into boxes, muffin tins, small containers or onto colored pieces of paper. Use spoons or tongs to add additional fine motor practice.
6. Graph by Color. Ask a child to grab a handful of conversation hearts and graph them. How many of each color are there? Which color has the highest number? Which color has the lowest number? Two children working together can compare their results. Click here to get the graph.
7. How high can you go? Stack the conversation hearts. How many can you stack?
8. Create patterns. Start a simple pattern with the hearts and ask a child to continue the pattern. Ask a child to create his or her own patterns.
9. Sort by letters. Ask children to look at the letters on the conversation hearts. Can they find letters from their name? Sort the hearts onto letter cards.
10. How many hearts are in the box? Ask a child to count a quantity of hearts. While the child closes his or her eyes, place some of the hearts inside a box. Ask he child to open his or her eyes, count the remaining hearts, and try to determine how many hearts you placed inside the box. I’m sure that you can think of more activities and I would love to hear about them.
Interest in more Valentine activities? Below, are a few from my TPT store.