We’ve got another awesome Valentine’s Day idea AND FREEBIE from Heather of Recipe for Teaching. She’s got a couple of great ideas for your students this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!
Recognizing and identifying numbers 1-20 is an important skill for my kindergarten students. My students love using clip cards and I love that clip cards help with my students’ fine motor skills. I created some Valentine’s Day themed clip cards to help my students practice numbers 1-20. They are a fun, hands-on way for students to practice identifying ten frame representations for numbers 1-20.
As a festive way to store the clip cards, I decided to put together a Valentine’s Day themed sensory bin. This is a fun way to organize the clip cards and sensory bins are great to use with young learners. The Dollar Tree had red sand, pom-poms, and heart foam shapes that I knew would be the perfect addition to a sensory bin. I found the cutest arrow clothespins in the Target Dollar Spot and I bought the container from Target as well.
I printed the clip cards on white cardstock. Then I put a heart sticker on the back of the correct answer. This allows my students to self-check when working independently with the clip cards. I always tell my students to try to figure out the answer first and then check the answer to see if they are correct. I then laminated the cards for durability and cut them out.
To create the sensory bin, I first poured the sand in the container. Then, I put the pom-poms and heart foam shapes in the container. I pushed the clip cards down in the sand and scattered them throughout the bin. Last, I added the clothespins in the bin so my students would have to search for a clothespin to clip the correct number on the card.
To use these clip cards, my students picked a clip card from the bin. They looked at the heart ten frames and determined how many hearts were on the ten frame. Then, they clipped the correct answer with the clothespin. My students did this for all 20 cards. While I want my students to be able to recognize numbers on a ten frame automatically, the nice part about the ten frames is that they can also count each heart on the ten frame to determine the correct number.
These cards can be easily differentiated for your students by choosing to use only the cards that your students need additional support with (cards 1-5, cards 1-10, teen number cards, etc.).
I have included these Valentine 1-20 Clip Cards as a FREE download in this post for you to use with your students. I hope that your students love using these as much as mine do!
Thank you – Heather
Thank you, Heather for sharing this great Valentine’s Day activity! Be sure to check out her website at www.recipeforteaching.com!