“Woah. What’s that, Mom?!?”
Every once in a while you get a Cool Mom status moment when your kids are in awe of something you put together, cooked, or prepared just for them. This easy Hand-Eye Coordination Heart Math Activity is one of those Cool Mom-makers. It was easy to throw together and made working on a few Kindergarten math concepts more fun for my kiddo.
Hand-Eye Coordination Activity with Cardboard Hearts
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So, we have these cardboard hearts that I numbered from 1-20. I used a piece of recycled cardboard and simply cut 20 small hearts about 1-1/2 inches high. Using a permanent marker, write numbers on one side of the hearts.
In our hand-eye coordination activity, we used a large red tweezer to work on picking up the hearts from a small container. Typically, using tweezers is a great way to work on fine motor skills like hand strength, tripod grasp, and arch development. With these extra large Jumbo Tweezers
, however, we were working on a different motor task. The size of the Jumbo Tweezers
requires the hands to open and shut with the thumb and all of the fingers. This adduction and abduction of the thumb and slightly flexed MCP joints uses encouraged more of opposition of the thumb. The wrist is extended and in an effective position for functional tasks.
Grabbing up the cardboard hearts requires hand-eye coordination or visual motor integration. The ability to effectively use hand-eye coordination in activities like handwriting, scissor use, games, and play allows children to write within given spaces, cut along lines, and move game pieces in a coordinated and fluent manner.
To practice our hand-eye coordination with these hearts, I had my son try to find and pick up the hearts in number order. We then did a round of looking for and picking up the even numbers and then the odd numbers with the tweezers.
Kindergarten Math Games with Valentine Hearts
We used the hearts to work on a few different Kindergarten math concepts, but my son’s favorite was using the side without numbers to build and take apart numbers. We did a snowman version of number building when my older daughter was in Kindergarten. With the cardboard hearts, we practiced composing and decomposing numbers. I named a number, like “7” and my son had to use the hearts to build number 7 in many different ways. He pulled out 7 hearts and separated them into two piles: one with 3 hearts and one pile with 4 hearts. We used more hearts to make other ways to take apart 7, too: 6 and 1, 5 and 2, 4 and 3, 2 and 5, and 1 and 6.
Other Kindergarten Math Games using the Hearts:
Try some of these ways to play and learn:
- Practice number formation: pull out a heart with the Jumbo Tweezers
and have your child write that number.
- Ask your child to pull out a pile of hearts. They can count with one to one correspondence and then write the number.
- Use the hearts in a ten frame.
- Practice counting the hearts, starting at different numbers.
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