Keeping students engaged and on task during the month of February can be challenging. With so much candy and exciting things taking place, learning academic content can be pushed to the back of students’ priority lists. These Valentine’s Day math activities for elementary students are the perfect solution for students to get the practice they require AND have fun at the same time.
Valentine’s Day Math Activities for Elementary Students:
Keep scrolling to see all the games in action and how to play each one!
Build a Valentine’s Day Card Game
In this first Valentine’s Day game, students build a Valentine’s Day card. Each time students answer a task card, they get to add a Valentine’s Day decoration to their “Valentine card” or take an item off another player’s mat. You never know who’s going to win based on this twist. The first one to have 10 decorations on their card wins.
Depending on which grade level students are in, the skill varies. There are 2 versions included: color and black and white. The color version is great for printing in vibrant colors. The black and white version is ink-friendly.
Valentine’s Day Error Analysis Game
In this second Valentine’s Day game, students look at each card and decide if the question and answer are correct. Then, students put a happy heart or a sad heart next to each one to show their thinking. An answer key is included.
This is a perfect review activity before giving an assessment or as an extra practice supplement. You receive step-by-step directions so you know exactly what to do. A sub doesn’t need lesson plans when you have an easy-to-implement review game.
Multi-Player Valentine’s Day Game
In this third game, each time a student answers a card correctly, the student then chooses a circle card randomly. The circle card tells whether to go forward or backward. The first person to make it to the finish line wins!
The game is great for spiral review and is easy to set up and implement. This gameboard can be used for elementary children as a worksheet alternative, printables, in math stations, center rotations, math centers, as enrichment or remediation, in small groups, as test prep, as worksheets, homework practice (send it home as a fun way to practice!), printables, and so much more! The math activity is flexible so you can use it however you’d like in your classroom.
Valentine’s Day Multi-Player Gameboard
Students look at each chocolate strawberry. They use their rounding skills (the skill varies depending on the grade level you teach) to determine which chocolate box each strawberry belongs in. “Valentine Chocolate Sort” is a simple sorting game that could be played in math centers or in partners. You could have students sort the strawberries into the chocolate boxes in partners, independently, or rotate through the station in centers.
Valentine’s Day Math Puzzles
Puzzles are always a class favorite for my students! Incorporating these Valentine’s Day math activities for elementary students into math centers is very easy and a great collaborative activity. Students use their math fact knowledge to put together each puzzle. Each grade level comes with a variety of puzzles that practice different math skills students will spiral review throughout the year. There are certainly plenty of puzzles for students to complete included in each math game pack.
Elementary students put together the 10 multiplication puzzles OR 10 division puzzles (or addition and subtraction or number sense in the younger grades). You can choose if you’d like students to practice one skill or both. Each puzzle reveals a different Valentine’s Day picture when put together. 20 math fact puzzles are available for you to print and use in your classroom.
Whole Class Valentine’s Day Game
In addition to the games we’ve gone over, these Valentine’s Day math activities for elementary students are perfect for math fact fluency! In this fun February game, students get to race to build their heart puzzle first! Students will get extra practice with their addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division facts while completing a fun team-building game at the same time. Students in kinder practice identifying numbers through counting pictures and ten frames. It’s the perfect way for students to get math fact practice while collaborating during the Valentine season. And most importantly, students are learning!
How do you play? First, cut puzzles into pieces. Scatter pieces all over your classroom. Then, have students find the colored pieces that belong to their team. Once the team has found all of their colored pieces, they try to be the first team to finish putting their heart back together again.
Digital Hide and Seek: Editable Valentine’s Day Math Activities for Elementary
Next, we have a game that is SUPER easy to play! Have you ever wanted a FUN activity that is 100% editable and can be customized to any age level / any standard you are teaching? Do you need Valentine’s Day math activities for elementary students that you can use with the whole class OR just a few students? Something that can be used over and over again without becoming boring? Look no further! Every student I’ve ever encountered has LOVED the concept of hide-and-seek. Students find the hidden object by guessing answers to questions on the screen in this digital hide and seek game. Valentine-themed slides are just right for any holiday celebration in the classroom!
Open Powerpoint to play Hide and Seek. Drag the object on the left behind any picture on the screen so it is “hiding”. Add in the object on each page so all 10 objects are hidden. Put the game in “Slide Show” mode to play!
Have students “seek” where the object is by calling on students to say answers to the questions on the screen. Click to see if their guess is right.
Then, when students click each picture, it’ll magically disappear to see if the student has “found” the object!
Whichever student finds the hidden object gets to come to the front of the room and call on students to guess on the next slide! Therefore, student engagement is high and students always want to come up next. Or, use the blank version to create whatever skill practice you’d like—math facts, letter recognition, spelling words…the sky is the limit!
To conclude, I hope you enjoyed learning about these Valentine’s Day math activities for elementary students and found some new ideas for your own classroom.
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