Sprinkle Math Heart Fine Motor Activity | The OT Toolbox

Sprinkle Math Heart Fine Motor Activity

Sometimes, a quick and easy activity falls together without any plans.  This Sprinkle Valentine's Day Math activity just kind of happened one afternoon after we had some hot cocoa with sprinkles.  

If your kids are like mine, they find all of the sprinkles that have scattered all over the table and gobble them up.  {And there is always crumbs, or sprinkles, or SOMETHING scattered all over the table...}
I know when we have sprinkles on anything, that they go crazy for any misplaced sprinkle.  There has been a child or two who has leaped across the room for a random sprinkle.  Seriously! They act like they haven't just had a spoonful of sprinkles mixed into their cocoa!  Is it just my kids???

Before there were chairs knocked over on this particular day, I gathered up the random sprinkles (really, why do sprinkles end up everywhere??!) and a handful of hearts and we did a little Valentine's Day math.

Valentines Day heart math activity for kindergarten and preschool

Valentine Math Activity for Kindergarten and Preschoolers

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We started with the leftover valentine's day sprinkles from a hot chocolate treat. I gathered up the stray heart sprinkles and had Big Sister pick out the other hearts from the tray of mixed sprinkles.  This is a fabulous fine motor activity with a big motivator (SPRINKLES!) and a fun way to practice pincer grasp (tip to tip grasp of the thumb and pointer finger).  You can encourage your child to tuck away a few sprinkles into their hand as they pick out the hearts.  This is called translation from fingers to palm and is an important part of in-hand manipulation (manipulating items within the hand).  These skills are important in pencil grasp and positioning in handwriting.

We used hearts that we had leftover from another activity.  These are just little hearts cut from pink cardstock.  I wrote numbers on the hearts and had the kids put the correct number of sprinkles on each heart. 

This was a fun (and tasty) math and fine motor activity for all of the kids, but my 5 year old was able to do some beginning math as he counted out the sprinkle manipulatives and matched them to the correct number (number identification) and my 3 year old counted along aloud.  All three kids were very happy with the end result of this math and fine motor activity...more sprinkles to eat!