# Simple Addition and Subtraction Valentine Math mat activities

Hello Friends,

We have been talking about addition combinations for the number ten. The kids have been using two sided counters to make several combinations, so I thought that I would give this concept a Valentine twist.

First, I gave my kinders a copy of this heart sheet. I told them to color SOME hearts purple and SOME hearts red. The rule was that they could NOT be all red or all purple. The outside of the hearts could be any color.

After coloring their hearts, they cut and glued them to top of a red piece of construction paper. They added the words to the bottom and then composed their number sentence.

Here is what they did for subtraction...

Once again, they were given a sheet with ten hearts. I copied it upon pink paper. I told them that they could color the icing of the heart cookies any color.

After coloring the hearts, they glued SOME of the hearts upon a white plate. The rule was that they could NOT glue all the hearts upon the plate.  (My kinders decorated the outside edge of the plate because I could not find a Valentine plate that was white on the bottom and decorated on the edge. Any kind of plate would work - your kids could even cut a circle out of construction paper to make a plate. )

I cut hands out of skin colored paper for my kinders, but they could also trace their own hands onto paper. The hands were glued to the top of the paper and the plate in the center. The hearts that were NOT glued to the plate were glued upon the hands and around the plate. They then composed their subtraction sentence.