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Heart clip cards (for numbers up to 10)


A set of 20 heart-themed clip cards featuring ten frames: a perfect math activity for this Valentine’s Day

So, I figured it was about time I added some clip cards to my free printables library!

Clip cards make for a great preschool math activity because they’re fun and hands-on. Plus, they require no writing, which means your child can really just focus on the math.

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, this set of clip cards is heart-themed.

You can of course use these any time of year, but if you’re looking for a way to give your preschool math activities a Valentine’s Day twist this February, these will be just the thing.

So, read on to find out all about these heart clip cards and how to use them, before downloading your own set of cards at the end of this post.

Tell me about these heart clip cards

This set of clip cards is designed for preschool or kindergarten aged children who are working on building number sense with numbers up to 10.

These clip cards feature numbers 0 to 10 shown in the form of hearts in a ten frame. (Not sure what ten frames are or why they’re awesome? This post will tell you more about that).

Your child will have tons of fun counting and clipping, and at the same time you can rest assured that they’re working on developing some important math skills, most notably counting skills and number recognition.

Five heart clip cards for preschool

And in addition to the math? Fine motor skills!

Yes indeed. Clipping the clothes peg onto the right number takes some concentration and fine motor control for little ones.

Related post: Valentine number puzzles (for 1 to 20)


First of all head to the bottom of this post to download your free printable.

There are 5 pages to print in total, with 4 clip cards on each page.

If you can, print onto card stock, rather than paper (it’s much easier for young children to clip the clothes pegs on as the card stock doesn’t move or bend as much as paper).

Certainly if you’re intending to use these in the classroom, it’s best to laminate them so they’ll last longer.

And then finally, as there are 20 cards, you’ll need 20 clothes pegs. If you can’t find that many, don’t worry – you can just do the clip cards in two sets of 10 cards and use 10 clothes pegs at a time.

And now you’re all set!

How to use these ten frame clip cards

If you haven’t used clip cards before, don’t worry. The concept is super simple (and so clever – whoever invented the concept of clip cards is a genius!).

On each card, help your child to count the number of hearts inside the ten frame. So, in this example, there are 9 hearts inside the ten frame:

Clip card showing 9 hearts

Once your child has counted the hearts, encourage them to look at the three numbers along the bottom of the card and find the number 9 (there’s the number recognition in action!).

When your child has found the number 9, they simply clip a clothes peg onto the number 9 to show their answer:

Heart clip card with clothes peg attached.

If your child is having a go at this activity independently, encourage them to leave the clothes peg on the cards until they’ve finished.

That way you can go through them and check the answers together afterwards.

Ready to get started? You can download your own set of clip cards here:

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