With February so near and Valentine’s Day around the corner, we are loving learning with all things hearts, especially of the candy kind! There are so many learning activities you can do with candy conversation hearts, and one of our favorites each year is to grab some, sort the colors, and then graph them. It makes a wonderful math center and works on counting, sorting, and graphing skills all at once! This candy heart graphing worksheet is easy to just print and use with candy hearts this Valentine’s day during math centers or a class party.
Candy Heart Graphing
To get this activity ready, I typically buy a few bags of the candy hearts at the grocery store and then put handfuls of them into individual snack size ziploc baggies to hand out to my kids.
This keeps things super organized and ready to go for when we use them during our Valentine’s party, or even if we use them during math centers.
If I am using them for math centers, kids get their bag to complete their sheet that day, and then they take them home to eat.
To start, I have kids read the color words on the chart and color code them to match. We will do this together often as a class first before I hand out the hearts.
This gives us practice with reading color words and makes it easier for us to sort once we dump out the hearts.
After we dump out our candy hearts, we place them on the graph, one in each square. We talk about them and ask questions like, “which heart has the most?” and “which color has the least?”
We count up the hearts and make a mark to show us where to color, and then we move them off of our graph.
Then it’s time to fill it in! Many kids chose to fill in the graph with the matching colors (except for white) but I let them decide what colors to use.
We do talk about the importance of accuracy and filling it in neatly though. We color until our graph is complete, and at a glance we can see our heart data represented!
*There are two copies in the download – one that includes a white heart, and one that includes blue instead, as some bags you may find vary.
Grab Your Copy
Ready to graph some candy hearts? Grab a yummy box of conversation hearts, or pass out a handful from the bags, and click the yellow button below to start graphing!
Then, for ready to go centers all February long, and even more candy heart fun, hop over and grab our Valentine Math and Literacy Centers!