Candy Heart Math {& A Making Words Activity}

I know Valentine’s Day is over, but I like to extend my Valentine-ish activities throughout the month.  After all, February is the month of LOVE, right?!  Well, that’s what I’m goin’ with anyway.  Candy hearts are my favorite February math manipulative and here are a couple of little math printables & activities for you!! 

The first is a little candy heart graph.  I know there are a GAJILLION of these floating around right now.  I like to graph the number of letters in the conversation.  I pass out a large conversation heart to each kiddo and have them count the number of letters on the heart.  Then we create a big ol’ graph on a giant heart to show all the data.  I’ll come back with a pic later this week!! 

I also love this little candy heart probability activity.  I placed a set of conversation hearts in a brown paper bag.  I made 4 bags…one for each table.  In each bag, I added a different assortment of colored hearts, but I made sure that there was A LOT of one particular color.  For example, in one bag I put 12 pink, 2 purple, 1 white, 1 green, and 3 yellow hearts. 

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The kids had to reach inside the bag…without looking…and pull out a heart {10 different times}.  On the corresponding sheet, the kids had to tally the color they pulled.  If they pulled out a pink heart, they had to put a tally inside the heart labeled pink.

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Throughout the activity, the kids were having awesome discussions.  They talked about how they kept pulling out the same color over and over and then…on their own…started making predictions as to why that was happening.  Sweet!!  After each person at their table had a turn to pull 10 different hearts, I had the kids empty their bags so they could see what was inside and then they wrote about it.

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Click on the pic to download the printables to go with these activities!! 

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Speaking of candy hearts, I found these darling little heart-shaped boxes at the Dollar Tree and snatched ‘em up.  I knew they’d be perfect for something ;)  I put these in our Word Work station for a little making words activity. 

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I labeled each with a different number and filled them with letter tiles to spell different popcorn words or chunk/digraph words.  The kids had to open up the hearts, spill the tiles, and spell a word using those letters.  After they spelled a new word, they had to write it in the matching heart on the corresponding sheet.

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My favorite thing about these little boxes is that I can use them for ANYTHING!!  I think I’ll put coins in them next week for a little hands-on money activity!!

Click the pic to download your copy of the recording sheet.

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13 comments:

  1. I have really enjoyed your blog since I found it not too long ago, and I keep checking back because your activities are WONDERFUL! I work with a pretty advanced group of kindergarten students, and am able to use a lot. THANK YOU so much for posting!!!!!
    ~Stephanie
    http://kindergartendressup.blogspot.com/

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  2. I just saw those little plastic hearts at the local Walmart half price! I am running to the store after school to grab them up....thanks for the GREAT idea!


    Ms. Morgart
    http://curlsandasmile.blogspot.com/

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  3. I just found these little black plastic pots for St. Patrick Day. I wasn't sure what do with them until I saw your post. Thanks for the great idea. I'm off to make gold coin letter tiles.

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  4. I picked up some of the heart containers LAST year, but didn't know what to do with them. Now I know! I changed the title of the recording sheet to "What's in Your Heart?" That way, no matter what I put in the hearts, I don't need a new sheet for each one.
    Thanks!
    PS - I missed you, too, when you were "MIA!!"

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  5. I do the same activity with Altoid tins throughout the year, but this is WAY cuter!! :)

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  6. I LOVE your heart Word Work Station! Super cute!!!

    kinder-pond.blogspot.com

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  7. Awesome ideas! I LOVE everything you do!! Look forward to reading your posts each week! I'll HAVE to get me some of those cute heart boxes!

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  8. What a cute idea! What program do you use to create your worksheets to accompany your activities? They are adorable, too.

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  9. I love your word building activity (found it on Pinterest)! I just shared it on my blog and linked back to you! You can check it out here Friday's High Five: Valentine Literacy Activities. Thanks for the free recording sheet!

    Lisa
    Criss-Cross Applesauce

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  10. I LOVE the candy hearts probablility activity! Such a cute way to get kids learning!

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  11. Such super cute activities! Thank you so much for sharing them! :)
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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  12. I always enjoy the fun activity ideas you post. Love your enthusiasm and creativity.

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