# Math Games for Valentines Day {Counting Game}

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Coordinate math games with holidays to make learning extra fun!  Here is a Valentines Day game that uses red hearts, red beans, and red dice.  We at Kids Activities Blog hope that your child will love this counting game as much as we do.

## Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is a great time to count up all the people that you love. It is also a great time to practice counting with symbols of Valentine’s Day. Red beans, red heart doilies, and bright red dice are great tools to use when counting.

The red beans are wonderful counting tool. They are easy for small fingers  to pick up and grasp. They are so very reasonable to purchase at the store to use for this activity and many others.
The red heart doilies are a great a work space. They can can be glued on to a piece of paper with a game title on it or just placed on a table to work with.

The pair of red dot dice are easy for children to count or add up. Older children might have  greater challenge by using dice that have numbers instead.

## Math Games

We played the game by rolling the dice and adding the total of the number of dots onto our heart doile.  We each had our own cup of red beans to work with. The goal of the game is to fill our heart with red beans first and shout, “My heart is full!”

My son added his beans to the outside edge of his heart first and then filled it in. There really isn’t a right or wrong way to add them in. Although by his filling the outside edge in first, he allowed me to introduce the word perimeter (The units around on the outside of a shape.) and area . (The  amount of space inside a shape.)

When he filled his heart with beans, my son remember to shout, “My heart is full!” Yes, he won the game.

I guess I will need to have a rematch so, I can shout, ” My heart is full!” too.

Tip:  If you are playing this game with young children, you may want to work with only one die. It will make the counting a little easier for them.

## More Kids Activities

Don’t you love math games that are challenging for kids but simple for you to make?  This Valentines Day game is cute and colorful as well.  For more math fun and kids activities, take a look at these ideas:

Deirdre Smith writes/owns JDaniel4’s Mom. After twenty years as a elementary school and technology resource teacher in Northern Virginia, she became a stay at home mom in upstate South Carolina. Her blog features ways she and her 5 year old are exploring learning, crafting, creating healthy meals and living life to its fullest. Deirdre can also be found on twitter as @jdaniel4smom and on her blog's FB page. You can also check her out on Google+.

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