Yesterday, Morgan and I played a great math activity called the Valentine Candy Heart Count. I found the idea on Not Just Cute (which is one of my new favorite blogs for finding preschool activities) but had to improvise a bit because I was only able to find large conversation hearts. So be it. The counting sheet that Amanda made is perfect for the regular size hearts but Morgan understood what to do and she loved the 'game.'
I poured about half of the hearts into a bowl and pulled out crayons to match the colors. I showed Morgan each color - she spelled out the word and would ask "what's that spell?" :) - and I let her scribble on the color with the matching crayon.Then I asked her to pick a heart from the bowl. She chose pink first, and she pulled all of the pink hearts out of the bowl and lined them up the pink ladder. We counted them together and I wrote the number down under that column.We had a lot of white hearts so she just wanted to line them up in front of her. Why not?Afterwards, she asked if we could eat some. Well, of course. She says pink are her favorite! During breakfast this morning, she asked if we can play the counting game again. Yeah! I'm so glad it was a hit.