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.

Valentines Times themed preschool maths activity. Match the pieces of the broken hearts together to form numbers bonds of 10

Materials Needed for Broken Hearts Number Bonds

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Broken Hearts Number Bonds Printable which you can get when you join our Toddler and Preschool Newsletter below

Printer – we use an HP Envy with instaink in the Rainy Day Mum household

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.

Valentines Times themed preschool maths activity. Match the pieces of the broken hearts together to form numbers bonds of 10

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.

Valentines Times themed preschool maths activity. Match the pieces of the broken hearts together to form numbers bonds of 10
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.

Valentines Times themed preschool maths activity. Match the pieces of the broken hearts together to form numbers bonds of 10

Pick a piece of the broken heart and count out that number of counters.

Ask how many you need to fix the broken heart.

Valentines Times themed preschool maths activity. Match the pieces of the broken hearts together to form numbers bonds of 10

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.

PRINTABLE VALENTINES GAMES IN OUR RAINY DAY MUM STORE

Valentine's Themed Memory Game for Kids
FREE Printable Valentine's Tic Tac Toe Game
Printable Valentines Day Board Game for Kids to Play

Some fun Valentine’s Cards for Toddlers and Preschoolers to make too!

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

Valentines Times themed preschool maths activity. Match the pieces of the broken hearts together to form numbers bonds of 10

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

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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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