|A bucket of plastic conversation hearts from a dollar store|
I made pattern strips that kids can use to lay out real conversation heart candies to duplicate color patterns. I bought conversation hearts to check the colors, and these pattern strips use the exact same colors from the bag of candies.
Pattern Heart Strips
I usually place each child's candies in a Ziploc bag for them ahead of time so that there's no problem with students touching one another's candies. A couple of great songs to go along with this pattern activity are "Everybody Do a Pattern" by Dr. Jean and "Make a Pattern" by Jack Hartmann.
I'm going to laminate this sorting mat and put it in Math Center for my students to sort conversation heart candies. You could also use it with construction paper hearts if you want to cut them out. Sorting Mat Hearts
Finally, if you're doing skip counting here is a sheet where they can color each row of hearts a different color to help them group by 5's.
Heart Number Line 35 Full Page
More sweet ideas are coming soon!