Lift-the-Flaps Valentine Game for Preschoolers

This is a fun Valentine game to play with kids of all ages. The game promotes gross motor movement while engaging counting, fine motor and sensory skills. Kids will have fun lifting the flaps to see what is hidden underneath!

kids Valentine game with gross motor movement

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Make your class party a hit with this easy-to-make Valentine game. Activities with interaction and movement grab kids attention, making it easier to support their early math skills.

With this lift-the-flaps game, kids learn to recognize and name numbers while getting active with gross motor movements.

This was originally designed as an indoor game, but I love making the transition to outside play whenever possible.

If you want to play outdoors, cover the heart cut-outs with clear contact and hang the game board in a sheltered area such as a covered deck. Kids can use all the outdoor space available to make the movements!

This is a game that can be played any time of year to engage gross motor and number recognition skills.  

You can easily make it seasonal, or adapt it to other holidays. Use shamrock or Easter egg cut-outs, colorful autumn leaves or bright yellow suns, instead of hearts. 

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Materials list

  • construction paper or cardstock
  • scissors
  • self-adhesive numerals
  • poster board
  • glue
  • tape 


Kids game counting and gross motor movement


How to make a lift-the-flap game.

1. Trace a heart pattern onto red or pink construction paper. Cut out several hearts, depending on the size of your poster board, and the numerals you want to add to the play.


Preschool lift the flaps game

2. Tape the hearts onto the poster board at the top edge of the heart only, so the hearts can be lifted to reveal hidden instructions.

3. Put a number on each valentine. Use a marker or self-adhesive numerals.

Indoor fun with lift the flap game for kids


I made the game on a piece of poster board. Two magnets hold the game board to the refrigerator door, but you can also tape it to a wall.


Movement and counting game for Valentines Day with kids

4. Print instructions for movements onto the poster board, or use a smaller heart cut-out as shown here. 

  • Another option is to tape or glue pictures of animals - or instruments -  under the flaps. Children move like the animal shown, or make the animal - or instrument - sound.


Here are more ideas for movements:

  • dance
  • walk on tiptoes
  • climb a tree
  • reach for the stars
  • bend side to side
  • leap like a frog
  • touch your toes


Play a Valentine game with counting and gross motor movements


Make your own set of numbered cards to play the game. Match the number on the card to one on the playing board. 


How to play a lift-the-flaps game. 

1. Select corresponding numbers from a deck of playing cards or make your own set of numbered cards (like these heart-shaped ones).

2. Draw a card from the deck of numbered cards.

3. Match the number to one on the valentine chart.

4. Lift the flap to reveal the instructions for movement.


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