These free printable counting cards for Valentine’s Day feature the numbers 1-10 written in English and Spanish as well as numerals. As an added bonus, there are also heart tiles to cut out so you don’t have to source your own manipulatives for counting if you don’t want to.
Because we are a bilingual household, I’m adding more Spanish language resources for preschoolers as my daughter continues to grow and learn. If your child is learning Spanish, please stop by this post for your free printable Spanish alphabet tracing pages.
If your child isn’t learning Spanish, that’s fine. A knowledge of Spanish isn’t required to use 2/3 of the cards. If you want to use the Spanish cards, but aren’t sure how to pronounce the words, Spanish Dict has a fantastic resource for pronouncing numbers.
For more preschool Valentine’s Day fun, grab these freebies while you’re here:
- Valentine do a dot pages
- Valentine’s Day alphabet tracing strips
- Valentine’s picture bingo
- Heart templates
- Valentine’s day matching game
- Valentine’s theme count and clip cards
How to prepare and use Valentine’s Day number matching cards
The cards are quick and easy to prepare. Let’s take a look at the materials you’ll need:
- Free printable number matching cards (download link is lower in the post)
- Cardstock or paper
- Laminator and pouches
- Optional but helpful. Cards are reusable and easy to clean when you laminate them.
- Scissors and/or paper trimmer.
- Small manipulatives and tongs or tweezers, optional
- For an added fine motor challenge, have your child place a manipulative like pompoms using large plastic tweezers or bamboo tongs.
- We use these small wool felt balls for many activities
- You can also have your child make and use small play dough balls. There’s a recipe for play dough in this post with alphabet play dough mats.
How to prepare the number cards
First, download your free printable number matching cards. The download link is lower in the post. You’ll see an image that says “download here.”
Print the pages you need. The pages are arranged in order with three cards for each number (English text, Spanish text, numeral). You don’t have to print all of the pages if your child isn’t ready for numbers all the way to 10.
Laminate the pages, if you’re using a laminator. Laminating first means you only cut once.
Cut out the cards along the lines. Cut the heart tiles, too, if you want to use them.
Play and enjoy!
How to use number matching cards
These Valentine counting cards can be used in so many ways since they’re in both Spanish and English. Here are a few ideas:
- One-to-one correspondence
- Matching English and Spanish written numbers
- Matching written numbers to numerals
- To reinforce vocabulary for English language learners or for children learning Spanish
- To improve fine motor skills when used with play dough balls, pompoms, or other small manipulatives
Using cards to improve number sense with one-to-one correspondence is easy. Simply have your child place a manipulative (or heart tile) on each image on the card. When there’s a manipulative on each image, they’ve counted to the number shown on the card.
It sounds so simple, but it’s incredible beneficial for little learners!
To help your child, demonstrate counting from left to right, top to bottom, just like you read in English. I like to follow the I, we, you method where you demonstrate, do the work together, then have your child work independently.
You can also use the cards to make a cute banner to decorate your child’s learning space. Use clothespins to clip the cards along a line (like baker’s twine) while they’re not in use.
Free Valentine number cards download
Like all preschool printables on The Artisan Life, these are for personal and single classroom use (including use with scouts groups, therapy clients, homeschool co-ops, etc.).
You are not licensed to redistribute the digital files or printouts to other teachers/parents for use with their children or students. Instead, please refer your friends and coworkers to this page so they can download their own copies.
I hope your little learner enjoys playing (and learning) with these Valentine’s Day themed counting mats as much as mine does! Please let me know what theme of counting card (or resource in Spanish) you’d like to see next by learning a comment below.
Natasha Núñez is a former classroom teacher with a Masters of the Arts in Teaching. She also is a registered yoga teacher & holds a certificate in natural skincare formulation from the School of Natural Skincare. She shares her passion for education, positive parenting, free printables, and recipes for DIY bath & home products. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.