Bugs and Insects Number Up Match Puzzles

We strive to make learning fun, and these adorable critters help us do just that. Part of our Bug and Insects Math Activities Pack, these number puzzle cards (1-10) take only a few moments to print and cut out, and will be sure to entertain children while teaching counting, one-to-one correspondence, and number recognition.

Print these out on card stock. For heavy use, lamination is recommended.

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Free Bugs and Insects Count and Clip Cards

These count and clip cards are the perfect addition to your Bugs and Insects Theme, and are a fun way for children to improve their number sense. They encompass many math skills and concepts, such as number recognition and number quantity, one-to-one correspondence, and counting. Added bonus: they also make a fantastic fine motor skills activity.

Head over to our Teachers Pay Teachers Store for this free download.


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Ladybug Number Quantity Activity

Help these ladybugs get their dots with this cute, free printable game. This activity is a wonderful way for children to improve their number sense. It encompasses many math skills and concepts, such as number quantity and number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, and counting.

Many preschoolers can count in sequential order to 10, sometimes 20, but they may struggle when counting objects; repeating and/or skipping numbers. When teaching one-to-one correspondence (correctly assigning one number word to one object), have your young learners touch each item with their pointer finger as they say its number name out loud. Encourage them to go slow and to not say the number until their finger is firmly placed on the item. This will help them keep track of which objects have already been counted, so that they are not skipped or counted more than once.

MATERIALS USED:

– Our free printable numbered ladybugs
Black vase gems
– White card stock
– Scissors


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Feed the Bunnies Counting Activity

I’ve been teaching for many years, and I am always looking for inexpensive, new ways to present learning opportunities to the children. I recently put together this free Feed the Bunnies math game. This colorful teaching tool attracts the children’s attention, and increases number sense (counting, number recognition, etc.).

We will be using this activity as an extension to the story Home For a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. This book is about a bunny is in search of the perfect home in spring. However, when he meets a family of robins, a frog, and a groundhog, the bunny realizes that not every home he finds will suit him. The bunny eventually comes upon the perfect home and someone to share it with. The beautiful illustrations of Garth Williams bring the story to life.

MATERIALS USED:

– White card stock
– Plastic cups
– Our free printable numbered bunnies (1-10)
– Googly eyes
– Cotton balls
– Stapler
– Easter grass
– Plastic carrots (Walmart)


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Favorite Farm Animal Graph

Spring has sprung, and we are deep into our On the Farm Unit. This week, we’ve been busy graphing our favorite farm animals. The children are learning that graphs are a way to organize information. We talked about how their favorite animals are the information, and the graph is the organizer. When our graph was completed, I worked with small groups to evaluate the data. We counted how many people liked each animal, and worked with the concept of more/less/same. Looks like it’s the horse for the win!

The clipart used, in this graph, can be found at Clipart Kid.


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Number Quantity With Farm Animals

This farm animal game is a fun way for children to exhibit number sense. By placing a numbered group of animals on its corresponding barn, preschoolers demonstrate number quantity knowledge – the understanding that numbers represent quantity and that quantity is represented by a number. Additionally, this activity incorporates counting, one-to-one correspondence, and number recognition.

So what are you waiting for? Gather some farm animals and download our free printable numbered barns!


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Strawberry Math Activity

In a previous post, we used strawberry baskets for an art project. Well, now we are turning them into a simple, yet powerful math tool. This strawberry activity is a cute way to practice number recognition and counting skills. It is also wonderful for number quantity. The large numbers help the child to understand that numerals represent quantity and that quantity is represented by a numeral. Additionally, the strawberries can be used for set tasks; recognition, matching, separation, and combination.

And let’s not forget about quantity comparison. Children may use the baskets of fruit to make comparisons of weight, size, and amount.

MATERIALS USED:

-Strawberry baskets
-Pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks
-Faux strawberries
-Our free printable numbers
-Double-sided tape


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Graphing With Jellybeans

Not only is graphing with jellybeans a yummy way to spend some time, it’s also educational; there are so many learning concepts packed into this small activity. Obviously, the main is graphing. But graphing is just the umbrella that covers several mighty and oh-so important math principles. In this particular instance, the children must rely on their color knowlegde to sort and classify the jellybeans. After placing the candy on their graphs, they will use their counting skills (one-to-one correspondence) to count and match the number of beans, in a row, to its corresponding number below.

Hello, number recognition!

Graphing also incorporates the concept of more/less/same. Ask your preschooler/s questions like, “Do you have more red jellybeans or more purple jellybeans – or are they the same?” Children often struggle with the definition of the word ‘less’, so it’s best to emphasize that, “Less means not as many.”

Just a note to add: Many of my fellow teachers ask me about my policy with eating the candy. My own rule is that after the activity is completed, the child may choose ONE special jellybean to enjoy. The rest are bagged up and labeled (by my assistant) and placed in the parent box to take home.

Download the Jellybean Graphing printable here.

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