This activity can be done on so many levels; from number matching to really hard maths problems.

You will need

• Red paper
• Scissors
• Pens
• Laminator – optional

Cut out as many hearts as you think you will need. I did 12 and then laminated them so that I can reuse them over and over with a wipe board pen.

Whether you laminate or not you will have to cut the hearts in half.

On one side write the maths problem and then on the other write the answer. For YC I simple drew dots for her to count and then match with the correct number. However, for EC I made it harder and wrote out addition problems for him to work out. If your little ones are learning their times tables then you could write out the problems and get them to figure them out.

Number matching for YC

A harder selection of maths problems.

I gave them 5 problems to sort out each, which was the perfect number for them to do, otherwise they tend to lose focus. That way we always finish on a high note, rather than me asking them to finish. I may next time add an extra answer side so that they still have to figure out the last problem rather than just pairing the last two halves together.

YC was very happy to do this activity as she feels left out when EC has homework and she doesn’t. The activity left her feeling really accomplished as she had managed to mend all those broken and sad hearts. EC on the other hand always feels left out if I make up an activity for YC, he generally asks if he can have a go, which is why I made him his own set to do.

This activity may help development of:

• Number recognition
• Counting