Add some love to learning this Winter with our Love Heart Number Recognition Butterflies Matching Game.
It’s freezing outside, so to warm up our number learning we introduced colourful hearts into a number recognition game. Plus moving the pegs around really helped to warm our hands and fingers up (and help strengthen our fine motor skills).
Playing Love Heart Number Recognition Butterflies
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- Large Heart Cutter
- Pink and Red Paper
- Black Marker Pen
- 5 Clothes Pins
Ahead of the activity
- Cut out 5 pink and 5 red hearts.
- Write the numbers 1-5 on the pink hearts.
- Draw the corresponding number of dots onto the red hearts.
- Add a smiley face on top of each of the pegs.
I laid the 10 hearts out across our kitchen table, along with the pegs and sat down with my daughter.
Bella enjoyed clipping the pegs onto her fingers as we started to look at the numbered hearts together. After stepping into unclip them, we were ready to begin working through the activity.
I asked Bella to locate number 1 and then to find the matching number of dots on the other butterfly wing. Once she had done this, I then asked her to clip the two pieces together to make her first butterfly.
She was reluctant to use the pegs to clip the two hearts together as it “is too hard mummy.” I stepped in with some gentle encouragement and a quick demonstration of how to do it. Then after a couple of attempts, she was confidently clipping the wings together, as she worked her way through each of the numbers.
She didn’t clip the correct two hearts every time, but she was starting to recognize the smaller numbers by the end of the session and I am confident we can build on this next time we try the activity together.
Once all of the butterflies were clipped together, she had fun flying them aroud and then removing all of the pegs to put back on her own fingers!