Children will have fun sorting Conversation Heart candy as they learn colors, counting, one-to-one correspondence and fine motor skills.
The little heart shaped candies that show up for Valentine’s Day are perfect for activities with your kids. You can put together this simple activity in no time, and add or adapt it with ideas shared in this post to match your child’s or student’s abilities and skill level.
We used a Silicon Heart Mold (similar to this one) with 6 spots in it, making sure it had one spot for each color. This kind of Silicon Heart Mold Tray would work too. If your container of conversation hearts has more than 6 colors add a bowl for the extra color to be sorted into or remove the conversation hearts with that color from the activity. What a nice excuse to eat some conversation hearts…hehe.
Before we begin any activity that involves food I let my kids know not to eat the activity during the activity. I set aside some extra conversation hearts and showed them so they knew they can have some after the activity. This insured they didn’t eat all the hearts so they had something to sort.
If you want to skip the candy you can use heart buttons or plastic hearts. Just make sure you have one spot in your silicon mold for each color to be sorted into or remove any extra colors before starting the activity.
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Valentine’s Conversation Heart Sorting: Fine Motor Skills and Colors
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- Silicon Heart Mold-affiliate link
- Conversation Hearts
- Counting Mat (optional)
- Color Mat (optional)
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Give your child a container of conversation hearts and a place for them to be sorted. Have your child place hearts of the same color in one spot. For added color practice they can name the color of the heart as they put it in.
For beginners, you may want to start by putting one of each color in the right spot so they can copy what has been done.
Fine Motor Skills
Add to the sorting activity by giving children activity tongs to move the hearts with. As they grab and move conversation hearts they will strengthen their fingers for writing while also improving their hand eye coordination.
Once all the hearts are sorted they can count the hearts.
For beginners they can count each color at a time. Have your child return each heart to the beginning container as they count. This helps them learn one-to-one correspondence.
For older kids, they can count all the hearts. We placed our hearts on a 100 Chart counting mat as we counted to help with number recognition.