With Valentines Day around the corner we have chosen the perfect theme and book for this week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids – LOVE and the featured book The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond. Our activity this week is aimed at preschoolers and Kindergarten aged children although I have added an extension to the bottom as a suggestion of using it with toddlers as well. Number bonds are such a useful tool in a child’s maths toolbox, knowing which two numbers bond together to form a second number helps them when working with units, tens and even hundreds can support addition and subtraction too. So today’s simple hands-on maths activity is some broken hearts number bonds.
Materials Needed for Broken Hearts Number Bonds
Paper or Card Stock
Laminator – Optional
Heart Counters (these heart buttons are great for helping with fine motor skills as well as using as counters) or use the hearts from the Broken Hearts Number Bonds Sheet
Love Themed Number Bonds Activity
Print out the hearts – you will see the sheets include two copies of each bond this is included because many children learn it one way but won’t automatically understand the other way! So including two sets works well.
Cut out the hearts and show them to your child to talk about the number bonds. You can show how it works using the counters either with your own button counters, the ones from the pack or you could create some yourself with felt, cardboard or even clay.
Try making your own Needle Felted hearts to use as counters with this activity they will last a long time and can be used again and again
Now break the hearts in two and muddle them up.
Pick a piece of the broken heart and count out that number of counters.
Ask how many you need to fix the broken heart.
Repeat with the other hearts to fix them by matching the pairs together.
Adapting to use with Younger Children
With toddlers you can use the broken hearts to match numbers – with the double set you will find two copies of each number instead of forming the bonds get your child to select a piece of broken heart and then lay out the others and find the matching pair for it.
Love Themed Books for This Week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids
As with every Virtual Book Club Post, I make a suggestion of other books that would be a great addition to your book box for the week. The activities I suggest can be used with any of the books although we try and suggest the featured book as a popular easy to find choice.
This week’s featured book is The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond.
Some more suggestions of Love Themed Books
Happy Valentines Day by Laura Numeroff
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney
Love From The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Want more book ideas check out our Love Books to Share with Babies and Toddlers
Love Themed Activities from The Virtual Book Club for Kids
Each week we are joined by the co-hosts of the Virtual Book Club for Kids co-hosts sharing additional activities for toddlers and preschoolers based around the weekly theme. Check out the other ideas below.
Literacy Based Activities for Love Theme
DIY Upper and Lower Case Heart Matching Game from Mama Smiles
Raining Hearts Name Craft from Still Playing School
Valentines Themed Prewriting Practice Sheets from Kori at Home
Love Themed Sensory Play and Games
Throw a Love Party from Toddler Approved
Heart Sensory Bin from The Moments at Home
Maths Activities for Valentines Day
Broken Hearts Number Bonds – YOU ARE HERE!
Valentines Counting Activity from Clare’s Little Tots
Love Heart Number Line from Adventures and Play
Recipes for the Love Theme
Easy Heart Shaped Pancakes from The Educators’ Spin On It
Valentines Themed Science and Technology Activities
Valentine Tower from Preschool Powol Packets
Valentines Coding for Kids from J Daniel4’s Mom
Raining Hearts Viscosity Experiment from Inspiration Laboratories
Art and Crafts Activities
The Day it Rained Hearts Process Art from Artsy Momma
Easy Toddler Cookie Cutter Heart Painting from Messy Little Monster
More Number Bond Activities for Preschoolers