# Valentine’s Day Subitizing Game

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Hey teacher friends! Happy February to you all! This can be such a fun month in Kindergarten, filled with so many lovely themed activities. Today I am sharing an activity for an important math skill that will help your students develop strong number sense: subitizing. This FREE Valentine’s Day Subitizing game is perfect for providing simple, but effective subitizing practice in Pre-K and Kindergarten!

*Pair this with our Valentine’s Day Centers & Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!

## Valentine’s Day Subitizing Game

Subitizing is the ability to recognize an amount with automaticity (without having to count).

Think about it like this: when you roll a die, you don’t have to count the tiny dots to figure out what number you rolled. Rather, your brain recognizes the amount of dots automatically. This is subitizing, and also a skill that is important for building a strong number sense foundation.

Being able to subitize can help students develop fluency, combine numbers, and count.

In this Valentine’s Day Subitizing game students will practice subitizing, as well as number combinations. It’s an ideal activity for helping students prepare for and practice addition and fluency.

## How to Prep

This free subitizing game includes heart number cards, heart dice cards (with combinations of sums from 2-12), and a recording sheet.

I like to use this activity in our math centers but it is also great for independent work or small groups!

To prep this activity, print the recording sheets, heart number cards, and dice cards. Cut the cards and laminate for durability. Laminating is especially helpful if adding this game to your math centers!

Set the cards out with recording sheets and pencils or crayons and you have a super fun, hands-on subitizing math center!

## How to Play

Just like the preparation, using this activity is simple too! Students will draw a heart number card and a dice card and match the sum.

Students should match the cards up until all numbers have been paired with their subitizing match.

Once all cards have been paired up, students will record the dice combinations on the provided recording sheet.

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1. Bianca says:

Hi! I love this, but how come there is not a #1?

1. Michelle Ortega says:

Hi Bianca,

That is a great question! This particular matching activity is for addition. The students draw a card, add the two dice in the picture, and find the matching card with the correct sum. Since there are two dice on each picture card, the sum will always be more than one. I hope this helps! 🙂

2. Hope says:

Great resource! Thank you!