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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we are loving all things hearts, especially of the candy kind! There are so many fun, seasonal learning activities and one of our favorites each year incorporates candy conversation hearts! This free candy heart graphing printable makes an engaging math center and strengthens counting, sorting, and graphing skills all at once!
*Pair with our Valentine’s Day Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Candy Heart Graphing
To prep for this activity, I buy a few bags of the candy hearts and then put a handful of them into individual snack size ziploc baggies for each of my kids.
This means I’m ready to go for when we use them during our Valentine’s Day party or if we use them during math centers. Then the students get to take them home for a fun treat at the end of the day!
How to Play
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 before I hand out the hearts.
This gives us practice with reading color words and makes it easier for us to sort once the students get their candy hearts.
After I pass out the 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 choose to color in the graph with the matching colors (except for white) but I let them decide what colors to use.
However, we do talk about the importance of accuracy and filling our charts in neatly. 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.
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