My daughter spotted a bag of Hershey’s Kisses this morning, and she was very excited to eat them. That would have been fun, but I wanted to do something more with them. We quickly came up with a little game that helped us practice counting, one-to-one correspondence and name recognition.
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ABOUT VALENTINE’S DAY AND HEARTS.
- Hershey’s Kisses (other small candies or objects would work well, too)
- Number Cube
Write your child’s name on the paper. Be sure that the letters are larger enough that the candies will fit on them, and you can still read the letters. You could also write just one letter, a shape, or numbers depending on what you are working on with your child. This paper will be the game board.
How to Play:
1. Have your child roll the number cube and count how many dots are showing.
2. Add that many candies to the game board. (As your child is playing talk about which letter he or she is adding candies to.)
3. Keep playing until the game board is full.
4. Eat some candies! (You could have your child roll the number cube to see how many pieces he or she gets to eat, or you could decide on the winning number before the game begins)
That’s it! Easy, fun, and lots of learning all in one.
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Karyn-Teach Beside Me
This is really a cute idea! Learning is always more fun when candy is involved. Thanks for linking to Share It Saturday!
Thanks! The candy was a bit motivating!
What a great idea!! This can be used with any candy or manipulative and done year round! I will definitely be doing this with my daughter! Thanks for sharing!
You’re right! This is very easy to adapt to use different manipulatives. I hope your daughter enjoys playing!
Learning AND treats! Sounds like my kind of fun! Adding kisses to my grocery list, for learning! Thanks for sharing 🙂
LOL! Yes, get those kisses…all in the name of learning! Hope the game is a hit.
Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest
What a sweet (pun intended, haha) little game!
Great idea! A motivating way to help your child spell their name. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks! I will say it was one of the fastest games I have seen them play. I think they raced to the end so they could eat some chocolate!
This is such a great idea. I love it. Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks! I hope your kids enjoy playing.
Sounds fun and a time when it is good to have long name!
Ha! That’s true if you get to eat all of the chocolate!