Counting Practice for Valentine’s Day

I recycled a center that I made a couple of years ago.  My students are really struggling with counting their teen numbers.  This is a fun and CHEAP Valentine’s Day math center that you could use in your classroom!

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I purchased a couple of heart necklace packs at the dollar store, then I cut them up into various lengths for the kids to count the little hearts.
We use whiteboards a lot in my class to avoid wasting paper during center time.  The students took a necklace strand, counted the hearts, and wrote the corresponding number on the whiteboard.
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They were engaged by picking the different colored heart strands.  I think their favorite part was feeling all of the necklaces between their fingers. 😉
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I was happy to see after a couple of minutes they had list of numbers that they had counted to!  They read their list of numbers to a friend at their table.  

Easy and cheap…my two favorite things! 🙂

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  1. lorena Avatar

    Such a GREAT idea! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  2. Miss Kindergarten Avatar
    Miss Kindergarten

    Love!! So smart and fun!!

  3. JD's Firsties Avatar
    JD's Firsties

    Love this idea!!

  4. Unknown Avatar

    You are so smart!
    First Grade Blue Skies

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    Mrs. Solis

    What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!:)

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