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Simple Subtraction Worksheets for Kids – Fun and Free!

Simple Subtraction Worksheets for Kids – Fun and Free!

Simple Subtraction Worksheets for Kids – Fun and Free!

simple subtraction free printable activity for kids

Kids can learn simple subtraction with these free worksheets. They are silly, fun, and a hands-on way to learn this important math skill! 

A Hands On Way to Learn Simple Subtraction!

There is something about cutting hair that keep kiddos engaged! Not only is it fun to give the worksheet people a hair cut, but it is such a visual way to understand subtraction!

If your kiddo is also learning simple addition, be sure to check out our “Add the Hair” activity – it’s another hands on way to learn a math skill, but this time using loose parts for giving the people hair and adding it up!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

 

Skills: Early Math

Ages: 2 Years +

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

How to Set Up This Fun Simple Subtraction Activity

Utilizing this free printable makes setting up this activity so easy!

All you need to do is print it and provide scissors for your kiddo to use to cut away the “hair.”

This activity doesn’t just help in learning a math skill, but it also strengthens fine motor skills! Using scissors and cutting is one of the best ways to strengthen muscles in the hands and fingers!

How to Set Up This Fun Simple Subtraction Activity

Utilizing this free printable makes setting up this activity so easy!

All you need to do is print it and provide scissors for your kiddo to use to cut away the “hair.”

This activity doesn’t just help in learning a math skill, but it also strengthens fine motor skills! Using scissors and cutting is one of the best ways to strengthen muscles in the hands and fingers!

 

simple subtraction free printable activity for kids

Get the Free Printable Here!

I wanted to make things extra easy for busy grown ups by providing this printable activity for free!

First, get some scissor skills practice by cutting along the lines to create strands of hair. Then, follow the equation by subtracting the number of hairs while physically cutting them away! Kids can count the remaining hairs to solve the problem and then write the answer in the space provided.

And if you like this, don’t miss some of our other free printables that focus on early math skills like our free Number Parking Lot printable and Count the Pizza Topping printable

For more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

The Educational Benefits of This Simple Subtraction Activity 

Subtraction is all about figuring out what amount is left after taking a number away from another.

Just like addition, subtraction is part of our everyday life! Just think of all of the daily experiences that require us to use this skill – telling time, cooking, and money to name a few!

Learning subtraction at an early age will benefit children as they progress on their math journey as it is so fundamental to basic mathematics. 

simple subtraction free printable activity for kids
simple subtraction free printable activity for kids

The Educational Benefits of This Simple Subtraction Activity 

Subtraction is all about figuring out what amount is left after taking a number away from another.

Just like addition, subtraction is part of our everyday life! Just think of all of the daily experiences that require us to use this skill – telling time, cooking, and money to name a few!

Learning subtraction at an early age will benefit children as they progress on their math journey as it is so fundamental to basic mathematics. 

More Ways to Learn Simple Subtraction

Here are my top picks for early math games that have a focus on simple subtraction!

simple subtraction addition game

Addition and Subtraction Board Game

This Swamp game encourages kids to do basic math drills through fun game play!

simple subtraction addition game

Addition and Subtraction Puzzles

This includes 20 self-checking, 5-piece puzzles designed to help children develop automaticity!

simple subtraction addition game

Subtraction Flash Cards

This set includes 169 hole-punched math game flash cards so you can easily organize cards using the metal rings!

simple subtraction addition game

Motor Math Activity!

This set includes a transportation theme activity that will help learn counting, patterning, addition and subtraction!

What’s Next?

Fun Winter Activity – Make Your Own Snowman Puzzle

Fun Winter Activity – Make Your Own Snowman Puzzle

Fun Winter Activity – Make Your Own Snowman Puzzle

fun winter activity counting number recognition snow man winter theme

Do you want to build a snowman? Make your own snowman puzzle using rocks! It is a budget-friendly and fun winter activity for learning numbers and counting! 

Make Your Own Puzzles Out of Rocks!

We are all about DIY toys and games, and rocks make excellent puzzle pieces! We had a great time making this fun winter activity, but this technique can be used with so many different themes! 

So don’t underestimate the pocket full of rocks your kiddo may have collected on your last walk! They can be repurposed in such fun ways for hands on learning – like this DIY snowman counting puzzle!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

 

Skills: Early Math

Ages: 2 Years +

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Watch This Fun Winter Activity in Action

As mentioned above, you can adapt DIY rock puzzles in so many ways. We focused on learning numbers 1-5, but if your kiddo is more advanced than that, adjust accordingly! Or you could even do this with lowercase and uppercase letter matching!

In this video, you’ll see how my kiddo counts the dots and matches the rocks to the correct position to build a snowman. I love how tactile the experience is, allowing him to stay engaged longer!

Watch This Fun Winter Activity in Action

As mentioned above, you can adapt DIY rock puzzles in so many ways. We focused on learning numbers 1-5, but if your kiddo is more advanced than that, adjust accordingly! Or you could even do this with lowercase and uppercase letter matching!

In this video, you’ll see how my kiddo counts the dots and matches the rocks to the correct position. I love how tactile the experience is, allowing him to stay engaged longer!

 

fun winter activity counting number recognition snow man winter theme

Tips for Making This Snowman Counting Activity 

Find some rocks! Add an extra step to this activity, and explore the great outdoors! Collecting rocks is such a fun thing to do with kids. Once you wash them up, you can organize all the different shapes for repurposing them and creating your own DIY puzzle! If you don’t have access to collecting rocks, you can always pick up a bag of decorative rocks from places like Dollar Tree.

Paint the RocksIf washing up the rocks isn’t enough to make them look clean, paint them! Adults can quickly apply a layer of spray paint over them, or kids can enjoy painting them with acrylic paint.

Decorate with Permanent MarkersUsing permanent markers will ensure that the color is vibrant and that the color stays on the rock and doesn’t rub off the way a washable marker would!

Materials 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

I grabbed some white rocks from the backyard and used a permanent marker to turn them into a snowman. If you don’t have white rocks, grab any rock and paint them white (spray paint works well!).

Step 2

I then traced the rocks onto some old cardboard (use a pencil first and then a pen so as to not get black marks on those precious white rocks!)

Step 3

I wrote numbers on the back of the rocks for reading and recognition, and on the cardboard, I wrote numbers represented by dots for matching.

Let the kids help with the collecting of the rocks and the painting and creating the snowman. This keeps them invested and involved in the process. 

Step 1

I grabbed some white rocks from the backyard and used a permanent marker to turn them into a snowman. If you don’t have white rocks, grab any rock and paint them white (spray paint works well!).

Step 2

I then traced the rocks onto some old cardboard (use a pencil first and then a pen so as to not get black marks on those precious white rocks!)

Step 3

I wrote numbers on the back of the rocks for reading and recognition, and on the cardboard, I wrote numbers represented by dots for matching.

Let the kids help with the collecting of the rocks and the painting and creating the snowman. This keeps them invested and involved in the process. 

learning counting printable worksheet snowman holiday christmas winter theme

Free Printable of This Snow Man Counting Puzzle

Don’t have time to create this DIY game? No problem! I wanted to make things extra easy for busy grown ups by providing a FREE printable version of this activity!

Just print the pages, cut out snowballs and have the kiddos count and match!

And if you like this, don’t miss our free Number Parking Lot printable and Count the Pizza Topping printable! Counting numbers for kids can be tricky, but this is a fun way to do it!

For more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

The Educational Benefits of This Fun Winter Activity 

Learning and reinforcing number recognition and counting is the primary objective with this activity! 

Using the stones as a manipulative and sensory tool, is a great way to keep them active and engaged! 

Don’t be scared to branch out and try new things with this fun activity. As mentioned above, you can use rocks for so many fun DIY puzzle themes, like the alphabet and sight words!

fun winter activity counting number recognition snow man winter theme
fun winter activity counting number recognition snow man winter theme

The Educational Benefits of This Fun Winter Activity 

Learning and reinforcing number recognition and counting is the primary objective with this activity! 

Using the stones as a manipulative and sensory tool, is a great way to keep them active and engaged! 

Don’t be scared to branch out and try new things with this fun activity. As mentioned above, you can use rocks for so many fun DIY puzzle themes, like the alphabet and sight words!

Store-Bought Early Math Games

Here are my top picks for the best early math games you can buy!

counting board wooden resources

Wooden Number Puzzle 

If you want something really simple, this is perfect! It’s a puzzle made of wooden numbers.

counting game with cupcake puzzle

Pom Pom Counting Cupcakes 

This activity uses soft pom poms and wooden cupcakes for early counting. It strengthens fine motor skills too.

counting toy for young kids

Math Shapes Puzzle 

This wooden puzzle lets your toddler match both the number with the correct amount of shapes.

counting game early math number recognition

Count the Popsicles

This count the popsicles game is a fun way to learn numbers! Great for counting and number recognition for numbers 1 to 10.

What’s Next?

Counting Numbers 1 to 10, Awesome Dot the Animal

Counting Numbers 1 to 10, Awesome Dot the Animal

Counting Numbers 1 to 10 – Awesome Dot the Animal Printable

dot the animals printable activity learn counting 1 to 10

This free printable is all about giving animals their dots back! It’s a great way to reinforce recognizing numbers, learn counting numbers 1 to 10, and strengthening fine motor skills! 

Counting Numbers 1 to 10 and Fine Motor Skills Collide with This Dot Marker Activity!

This activity is such a fun way to engage with numbers while strengthening fine motor skills. 

Dot Markers are such a great arts and crafts tool because they are perfect for little hands that are just learning how to hold a writing instrument. Plus, they are tapping into their hand-eye coordination while they match up the marker with the dot outline!

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Watch How to Set Up This Activity for Counting Numbers 1 to 10

In this video, you’ll see how I used our free printable on a vertical surface! This allowed my daughter to stay engaged and on her feet exercising more motor skills beyond just fine motor! 

She enjoyed selecting which color dot marker she would use and then happily gave the animals their dots back!

Watch How to Set Up This Activity for Counting Numbers 1 to 10  

In this video, you’ll see how I used our free printable on a vertical surface! This allowed my daughter to stay engaged and on her feet exercising more motor skills beyond just fine motor! 

She enjoyed selecting which color dot marker she would use and then happily gave the animals their dots back!

dot the animals printable activity learn counting 1 to 10

Our Free Dot-the-Animal Printable Activity!

Save time from drawing your own animals and grab our free printable rainbow activity. You can use dot markers, dot stickers, paint and cotton balls, or simply color in the dots with crayon! There are lots of ways you can play and learn with this worksheet.

Our pizza counting topping activity is a great compliment to this activity and it also comes with a free printable to make set-up even easier for grown ups!

We have lots of other fun hands on activities for learning early math concepts. Be sure to check out our comprehensive list

And when your kiddo is ready to dive into addition, be sure to check out our add the hair activity!

 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Grab and print our free printable.

Step 2

To create a vertical set up, like us, cut out the animals.

Step 3

Glue the animal cut outs to a piece of cardboard.

Step 4

Write the numbers beside each image.

Step 5

Tape the piece of cardboard to the wall.

Step 6

Provide dot markers for your kiddo to give the animals their dots back!

Step 1

Grab and print our free printable.

Step 2

To create a vertical set up, like us, cut out the animals.

Step 3

Glue the animal cut outs to a piece of cardboard.

Step 4

Write the numbers beside each image.

Step 5

Tape the piece of cardboard to the wall.

Step 6

Provide dot markers for your kiddo to give the animals their dots back!

Why Playing With Dot Markers is Great

I think this dot-the-animal activity really stands out because it’s the perfect combination of fine motor skills and early math fun. The kids will use their finger and hand muscles to hold the dot markers and then use their hand-eye coordination to align it correctly on the cardboard.

Creating this activity on a vertical surface also helps little one strengthen gross motor skills, increases shoulder strength, and simply allows young kids to be more engaged while on their feet! 

dot the animals printable activity learn counting 1 to 10
dot the animals printable activity learn counting 1 to 10

Why Playing With Dot Markers is Great

I think this dot-the-animal activity really stands out because it’s the perfect combination of fine motor skills and early math fun. The kids will use their finger and hand muscles to hold the dot markers and then use their hand-eye coordination to put align it correctly on the cardboard.

Creating this activity on a vertical surface also helps little one strengthen gross motor skills, increases shoulder strength, and simply allows young kids to be more engaged while on their feet! 

More Ways to Play with Early Math!

Here are more fun ways to learn numbers and counting that also make great gifts!

counting numbers gift

Wooden Number Puzzle 

If you want something really simple, this is perfect! It’s a puzzle made of wooden numbers.

counting numbers gift

Pom Pom Counting Cupcakes 

This activity uses soft pom poms and wooden cupcakes for early counting. It strengthens fine motor skills too.

pre k math learning addition game wooden

Wooden Math Board

This handcrafted learning resource is great for learning counting and addition and subtraction of numbers up to 20.

early math learning for kids wooden blocks

Wooden Number Blocks

These wooden blocks resemble numbers and grow with your child’s advancing math skills. It also includes a math guide and activity cards.

What’s Next?

Counting Activity – How to Make a DIY Number Board

Counting Activity – How to Make a DIY Number Board

Counting Activity – How to Make a DIY Number Board

counting activity diy number board learning numbers 1 through 10

This counting activity is a great way for kids to learn numbers! A DIY counting board is so easy to make and can be used time and time again! 

A Hands On Counting Activity

Working on numbers can feel like an uphill battle, but when you make it a hands on, playful experience, things get a little easier!

Kids love pom poms – they are bright, colorful, and fun! And they make the perfect loose parts for counting!

Plus, while they’re working on their numbers, they’re strengthening fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination too!

Pom poms can be small parts and choking hazards. Be sure to check the packaging and size of the pom poms you are using to ensure the safety of your kiddo! As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

 

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Ages: 

Prep Time: 

Watch This Counting Activity in Action!

With a bowl of pom poms nearby, my kiddo, who had just turned 4 at the time, enjoyed picking up the pom poms and placing them on the counting board.

The board is a great representation of one to one correspondence. Kids are able to recognize the number figure and visually see how much that number represents. For example, the number 1 only requires 1 pom pom, and so on!

 

Watch This Counting Activity in Action!

With a bowl of pom poms nearby, my kiddo, who had just turned 4 at the time, enjoyed picking up the pom poms and placing them on the counting activity.

The board is a great representation of one to one correspondence. Kids are able to recognize the number figure and visually see how much that number represents. For example, the number 1 only requires 1 pom pom, and so on!

 

counting activity diy number board learning numbers 1 through 10

Tips for Creating This DIY Number Board

Save your cardboard! Cardboard is so much better than regular paper for an activity like this. It is durable and strong and will last! 

It doesn’t have to be fancy! We kept this DIY learning resource super simple. Pieces of cardboard glued onto cardboard and handwritten numbers! Easy peasy. Of course, you can make this as colorful and intricate as you like!

Use strong glue! Since you’ll want to use this over and over again, make sure you use a strong glue like hot glue or tacky glue so that the hole-punched pieces stay together!

Use age-appropriate loose parts! If your kiddo is under 3 or still puts small items in their mouth, be sure to use extra large pom poms or a taste-safe item like Cherrios to avoid any choking hazard risk.

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Cut some strips of cardboard. You can vary the size or have them all the same size.

Step 2

Use a hole punch to make holes. You can make 10 holes on each of the pieces for a trickier board, or you can make 1 hole per number like we did.

 

Step 3

Glue the cardboard strips onto a larger piece of cardboard.

Step 4

Write out numbers 1-10 on the bottom.

Step 5

Provide loose parts, like pom poms, for kids to count with!

Step 1

Cut some strips of cardboard. You can vary the size or have them all the same size.

Step 2

Use a hole punch to make holes. You can make 10 holes on each of the pieces for a trickier board, or you can make 1 hole per number like we did.

Step 3

Glue the cardboard strips onto a larger piece of cardboard.

Step 4

Write out numbers 1-10 on the bottom.

Step 5

Provide loose parts, like pom poms, for kids to count with!

Beyond This Counting Activity

Math is used in everyday life so starting to teach kids how to count at a young age is a great skill to have! 

This counting activity, is a fun way to learn numbers, but you can start to integrate counting in everyday aspects of your life even in the baby stage. Count each step as you walk up or down! Count the number of cars you pass while going for a walk. And the list goes on!

For more early math activities, be sure to check out our comprehensive list of ideas as well as our printable section which is filled with fun worksheets to support all things related to early childhood education skills! 

counting activity diy number board learning numbers 1 through 10
counting activity diy number board learning numbers 1 through 10

Beyond This Counting Activity

Math is used in everyday life so starting to teach kids how to count at a young age is a great skill to have! 

This counting activity, is a fun way to learn numbers, but you can start to integrate counting in everyday aspects of your life even in the baby stage. Count each step as you walk up or down! Count the number of cars you pass while going for a walk. And the list goes on!

For more early math activities, be sure to check out our comprehensive list of ideas as well as our printable section which is filled with fun worksheets to support all things related to early childhood education skills! 

Great Gifts for Learning Counting and Numbers

These activities are a great way to continue to learn number recognition and counting!

counting numbers gift

Pom Pom Counting Cupcakes 

This Montessori activity uses soft pom poms and wooden cupcakes for early counting. It strengthens fine motor skills too.

counting numbers gift

Wooden Number Puzzle 

If you want something really simple, this is perfect! It’s a puzzle made of wooden numbers.

counting numbers gift

Math Shapes Puzzle 

This wooden puzzle lets your toddler match both the number with the correct amount of shapes.

counting numbers gift

Colorful Dinosaur 3D Puzzle 

Older kids will love putting together this 3D dinosaur puzzle. The numbers tell them in which order the pieces fit.

What’s Next?

Halloween Activity for Toddlers – Make a Shape Sorter

Halloween Activity for Toddlers – Make a Shape Sorter

Halloween Activity for Toddlers – Make a Pumpkin Shape Sorter

halloween activity for toddler pumpkin shape sorter learning play craft

This pumpkin shape sorter is a fun Halloween activity for toddlers! It is where crafting, playing, and learning collide with a pumpkin twist! Keep on reading to find out how we made it!

A Halloween Activity for Toddlers with Lots of Emotions!

Not only is this activity great for fine motor skills and learning the early math skill of shape recognition, but I love how you can create a collection of pumpkins to showcase so many emotions!

This is a great opportunity to talk about feelings and put a name to each emotion. If you are looking for more emotion-related activities, be sure to check out our Easy DIY Feelings Cup activity!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Skills: 

Ages: 3 Years +

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Watch How Fun This Halloween Activity for Toddlers is!

Making a DIY shape sorter is super easy. Get the kids involved in crafting the pumpkins and making them orange with a green stem!

I love how this activity involves so many fun skills. They can tap into their creative side while crafting the pumpkins, learn about emotions, recognize and distinguish between a bunch of different shapes, all the while working out their small muscles in their hands and fingers as they push the shapes through the sorter (this is so great for fine motor skills!).

Watch How Fun This Halloween Activity for Toddlers is!

Making a DIY shape sorter is super easy. Get the kids involved in crafting the pumpkins and making them orange with a green stem!

I love how this activity involves so many fun skills. They can tap into their creative side while crafting the pumpkins, learn about emotions, recognize and distinguish between a bunch of different shapes, all the while working out their small muscles in their hands and fingers as they push the shapes through the sorter (this is so great for fine motor skills!).

halloween activity for toddler pumpkin shape sorter learning play craft

Tips for Making Pumpkin This Shape Sorter

This DIY toy is super adaptable! Since we had such an odd sized box, I decided to use it and have the kiddos make a bunch of pumpkins stacked vertically on top of each other, but feel free to adjust based on the kind of box you have! If it is a small one, then just make 1 pumpkin, if it is a big one, make a bunch. It is up to you!

Make sure that you have an opening for the blocks to fall out (my kids love hearing them fall on a metal pan!), or if you prefer they don’t fall out, just make sure you leave an opening in the box so you can retrieve the blocks so the kids can play over and over again!

If your are learning shapes with your toddler or preschooler, be sure to check out our Shapes Monster Craft. It’s perfect for the spooky season and can be even used as a Halloween decor gardland!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Using cardboard, cut out the shapes of pumpkins.

Step 2

Provide art supplies for the kids to decorate the pumpkins. We used orange and green paint sticks.

Step 3

Once dry, use a pencil to trace the shapes for the eyes and mouths of the pumpkins. Make them each look different so you can talk about emotions! Plus, add a nose!

Step 4

Glue the pumpkins to your box.

Step 5

Use a sharp craft knife to cut out the eyes and mouths, cutting all the way through both layers of cardboard so that the block pieces will enter and fall into the box.

Step 6

Tape to the wall for a vertical set up! And now this Halloween activity for toddlers and preschoolers is ready to be played with!

Step 1

Using cardboard, cut out the shapes of pumpkins.

Step 2

Provide art supplies for the kids to decorate the pumpkins. We used orange and green paint sticks.

Step 3

Once dry, use a pencil to trace the shapes for the eyes and mouths of the pumpkins. Make them each look different so you can talk about emotions! Plus, add a nose!

Step 4

Glue the pumpkins to your box.

Step 5

Use a sharp craft knife to cut out the eyes and mouths, cutting all the way through both layers of cardboard so that the block pieces will enter and fall into the box.

Step 6

Tape to the wall for a vertical set up! And now this Halloween activity for toddlers and preschoolers is ready to be played with!

More Halloween Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

This printable bundle of Halloween-themed activities is full of Halloween activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartens to learn early childhood education skills!

It has 2 dozen unique activities that will be sure to keep the kids busy and learning the whole month of October!

Activities include shape recognition, matching, phonics, letter recognition, counting, number recognition, coloring, writing practice, scissor skills, emotions, measurements, and patterns to name a few!

halloween worksheets printable early childhood education skills

For more printable activities, visit our full collection

halloween worksheets printable early childhood education skills

More Halloween Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

This printable bundle of Halloween-themed activities is full of Halloween activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartens to learn early childhood education skills!

It has 2 dozen unique activities that will be sure to keep the kids busy and learning the whole month of October!

Activities include shape recognition, matching, phonics, letter recognition, counting, number recognition, coloring, writing practice, scissor skills, emotions, measurements, and patterns to name a few!

More Ways to Play with Shapes

Here are my top picks for shape themed gifts!

shape train toy

Wooden Block Shape Train

This wooden stacking train is a fun way to combine block play, shape learning, and building! This set comes with the train car and 15 blocks.

shape gift geometric puzzle early math

Wooden Gemoetric Shape Puzzle

This set comes with 155 pieces of different color blocks for creating different forms contained in 24 design cards.

shape puzzle learning shapes

Wooden Shape Puzzle

This wooden puzzle includes 18 shape pieces a cotton bag. I love that it features so many types of shapes!

shape sorter toy

Shape Sorting Truck

This versatile shape sorting tooy includes 15 shapes and a laser engraved pull-a-long truck!

What’s Next?

Shapes Craft – Make a Monster and Learn Shapes

Shapes Craft – Make a Monster and Learn Shapes

Shapes Craft – Make a Monster and Learn Shapes

shapes craft monster learn about shapes

This Monster Shapes Craft is such a fun way to craft and learn with shapes! The supplies are simple and the results are adorable!  These are great for a Halloween-themed learning activity, but are awesome any time of the year! Keep on reading to see how simple it is to set up, or to get our free printable version! 

Learn and Craft with Shapes!

What’s better than crafting? Learning something in the process! This shapes craft monster does just that, with every body part and facial feature being a distinct shape!

A great way to extend this shape learning is with our printable bundle All About Shapes! With over 25 pages of activities, it explores a dozen different shapes!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Skills: 

Ages: 3 Years +

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Watch This Shapes Craft in Action!

In this video, you’ll see how fun my kiddo had constructing his shape monsters! One of the best ways to enhance the learning is to talk about the shapes and ask questions to reinforce that vocabulary.

The great thing about this shape activity is that kids can be really hands-on. Cutting out the shapes and then adding on the fun monster face and body features is a great way to keep them involved. 

Watch This Shapes Craft in Action!

In this video, you’ll see how fun my kiddo had construction his shape monsters! One of the best ways to enhance the learning is to talk about the shapes and ask questions to reinforce that vocabulary.

The great thing about this shape activity is that kids can be really hands-on. Cutting out the shapes and then adding on the fun monster face features is a great way to keep them involved. 

printable shape activity monster shape craft

FREE Printable Shapes Craft Monster Alternative

If your short on time, or construction paper, we have a solution for you with our Shapes Monster printable. It is free and easy to set up!

Kids can work on their scissor skills, cutting out the shapes while being guided by a dotted line. And then they can use tape or glue to assemble all the shape pieces into monsters! 

And as I mentioned above, we also have a bundle All About Shapes. Plus, if it happens to be the spooky season, we have a bundle filled with Halloween Activities that cover lots of early childhood education skills including tracing, counting, the alphabet, writing, matching, phonics, and 2 DIY Halloween masks to color and wear! 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

To begin, cut out the shape parts! Adults can prep this in advance, or kiddos can do this themselves! If doing themselves, it is best to provide lines for them to cut along. We created a different shape for each body of the monster – a circle, triangle, square, and rectangle. Then we created rectangles for the legs and arms, circles for the eyes in both white and black, semi-circles for the mouth, and triangles for the teeth!

Step 2

Now that all the parts have been cut, provide glue or tape for your kiddo to assemble their monsters. Use this opportunity to talk about the shapes to reinforce language development and an understanding of shape vocabulary!

Step 1

To begin, cut out the shape parts! Adults can prep this in advance, or kiddos can do this themselves! If doing themselves, it is best to provide lines for them to cut along. We created a different shape for each body of the monster – a circle, triangle, square, and rectangle. Then we created rectangles for the legs and arms, circles for the eyes in both white and black, semi-circles for the mouth, and triangles for the teeth!

Step 2

Now that all the parts have been cut, provide glue or tape for your kiddo to assemble their monsters. Use this opportunity to talk about the shapes to reinforce language development and an understanding of shape vocabulary!

The Importance of Learning Shapes!

This shape activity is really great for hands on learning. Not only are the going to learn how to cut out shapes and learn how to identify, sort, and match those shapes, but there is even more going on!

Shape learning is a foundation of early math. Yup, this is the beginning of geometry! Working with shapes allows kids to get exposed to geometric concepts such as shapes, size, space, and position.

Understanding shapes also helps with recognizing the alphabet and numbers because, after all, letters and numbers are shapes in and of themselves!

shapes craft monster learn about shapes

Finally, as mentioned above, naming the shapes as kids craft them will reinforce language development. Being able to describe objects based on their shapes will benefit communication skills.

shapes craft monster learn about shapes

The Importance of Learning Shapes!

This shape activity is really great for hands on learning. Not only are the going to learn how to cut out shapes and learn how to identify, sort, and match those shapes, but there is even more going on!

Shape learning is a foundation of early math. Yup, this is the beginning of geometry! Working with shapes allows kids to get exposed to geometric concepts such as shapes, size, space, and position.

Understanding shapes also helps with recognizing the alphabet and numbers because, after all, letters and numbers are shapes in and of themselves!

Finally, as mentioned above, naming the shapes as kids craft them will reinforce language development. Being able to describe objects based on their shapes will benefit communication skills.

More Ways to Play with Shapes

Here are my top picks for shape themed gifts!

shape train toy

Wooden Block Shape Train

This wooden stacking train is a fun way to combine block play, shape learning, and building! This set comes with the train car and 15 blocks.

Geometric Shapes Puzzle

Wooden Gemoetric Shape Puzzle

This set comes with 155 pieces of different color blocks for creating different forms contained in 24 design cards.

shape puzzle learning shapes

Wooden Shape Puzzle

This wooden puzzle includes 18 shape pieces a cotton bag. I love that it features so many types of shapes!

shape sorter toy

Shape Sorting Truck

This versatile shape sorting tooy includes 15 shapes and a laser engraved pull-a-long truck!

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Shape Matching Game – Quick and Easy DIY Puzzle

Shape Matching Game – Quick and Easy DIY Puzzle

Shape Matching Game – Quick and Easy DIY Puzzle

shape matching game diy puzzle for kids

This DIY shape matching game is a fun way for kids to learn shapes! Bonus points for making this so you don’t lose the puzzle pieces. The best part about this easy shape activity is that it is fast and simple to make. Keep reading to find out how!

A Shape Matching Game for On-the-Go!

This DIY shape matching game is extra practical because all the puzzle pieces are connected by a string. That means you can keep everything all together and not lose the pieces!

This makes for an easy item you can bring on-the-go whether for just playing in the car or even taking with you on a trip!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Skills: Early Math

Ages: 2 Years +

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Printable Bundle All About Shapes! 

If your kiddo is learning shapes, you’ll want to check out this printable bundle, All About Shapes! With over 25 pages of activities, it explores a dozen different shapes. From learning to write shapes, to matching shapes, recognizing shapes in real world objects, and making a shape pizza this is just a few of the many unique opportunities to play and learn with shapes!

Watch the video to see how you can turn these worksheets into a reusable busy book!

For more printables check out our entire collection!

Printable Bundle All About Shapes! 

If your kiddo is learning shapes, you’ll want to check out this printable bundle, All About Shapes! With over 25 pages of activities, it explores a dozen different shapes. From learning to write shapes, to matching shapes, recognizing shapes in real world objects, and making a shape pizza this is just a few of the many unique opportunities to play and learn with shapes!

Watch the video to see how you can turn these worksheets into a reusable busy book!

For more printables check out our entire collection!

shape matching game diy puzzle for kids

How to Make This Shape Matching Game

This shape matching game is really such a fast, affordable, and easy way to create a fun learning activity you can do at home or beyond. Yay for reusing cardboard for playful learning!

If you need help drawing the shapes, you can always trace real life objects!

By adding velcro stickers ,the shapes are able to hold firmly in place so your kiddo can move onto matching the next shape!

Plus, don’t forget to add the shapes to a string! This is the perfect way to ensure that the kids don’t lose any of the shapes in the process. This means that you’ll never have to worry about losing a piece of the puzzle, and have the flexibility of taking this game on the road!

 

Materials 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Cut out shapes from a piece of cardboard.

Step 2

Color the shapes – a fun, bonus, art activity for kids!

Step 3

Trace the shapes on a sheet of cardboard – this will be your puzzle board.

Step 4

Stick down velcro stickers on the board and on each puzzle piece.

Step 5

Attach the shapes to a string so that they don’t get lost.

Step 6

Let the kids have a blast matching the shapes. 

Step 1

Cut out shapes from a piece of cardboard.

Step 2

Color the shapes – a fun, bonus, art activity for kids!

Step 3

Trace the shapes on a sheet of cardboard – this will be your puzzle board.

Step 4

Stick down velcro stickers on the board and on each puzzle piece.

Step 5

Attach the shapes to a string so that they don’t get lost.

Step 6

Let the kids have a blast matching the shapes. 

The Educational Benefits of This Shape Matching Game

There are so many great ways to use this shape puzzle as a learning activity. The kids will not only be able to learn about their shapes, but they can also use this to work on their color skills and hand-eye coordination as well. 

One way to really build language development about shapes is to talk about them with your kiddo! Ask them which shape they are matching. If they don’t know the name, say it and have them repeat you!

shape matching game diy puzzle for kids
shape matching game diy puzzle for kids

The Educational Benefits of This Shape Matching Game

There are so many great ways to use this shape puzzle as a learning activity. The kids will not only be able to learn about their shapes, but they can also use this to work on their color skills and hand-eye coordination as well. 

One way to really build language development about shapes is to talk about them with your kiddo! Ask them which shape they are matching. If they don’t know the name, say it and have them repeat you!

More Ways to Explore Shapes

Here are my top picks for shape puzzles and toys!

counting board wooden resources

Wooden Block Shape Train

This wooden stacking train is a fun way to combine block play, shape learning, and building! This set comes with the train car and 15 blocks.

shape puzzle learning shapes

Nesting Wooden Shapes Puzzle

This puzzle is perfect for kids as young as 2 years old. The shapes match and nest in each other with vibrant colors.

counting toy for young kids

Wooden Shape Puzzle

This wooden puzzle includes 18 shape pieces a cotton bag. I love that it features so many types of shapes!

shape sorter toy

Shape Sorting Truck

This versatile shape sorting tooy includes 15 shapes and a laser engraved pull-a-long truck!

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Number Recognition Game – Feed Cookie Monster

Number Recognition Game – Feed Cookie Monster

Number Recognition Game – Feed Cookie Monster

number recognition game with cookie monster

Make your own Feed the Cookie Monster game. It is super budget friendly and teaches number recognition while strengthening fine motor skills.

This simple activity can be customized to fit almost any child’s skill level. Even little toddlers that can’t yet count will enjoy feeding the cookie monster – which strengthens their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. 

Keep reading and discover how easy it is to make your very own cookie monster activity out of some cardboard!

For more early math activities, don’t miss our comprehensive list of easy to set up, and budget-friendly ideas!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Skills: 

Ages: 

Prep Time: 

Watch the Video to See How to Make this Number Recognition Activity!

In this video, you’ll see how easy it is to make this number recognition activity. Bonus points for also talking about the digestive system while playing this game as you see cookie monster eat the cookies and have them make their way into his tummy!

You don’t have to change the actual activity for toddlers or older children, just change how they interact with it. 

Watch the Video to See How to Make this Number Recognition Activity!

In this video, you’ll see how easy it is to make this number recognition activity. Bonus points for also talking about the digestive system while playing this game as you see cookie monster eat the cookies and have them make their way into his tummy!

You don’t have to change the actual activity for toddlers or older children, just change how they interact with it. 

number recognition game with cookie monster

Number Recognition With Cookies

This is an activity that grows with your kiddos! As they touch and explore the cookies (and count the chocolate chip dots) they are seeing numbers in real life. 

You can see in the video above how the older child played the activity, finding the numbers and counting the chocolate chips whereas the toddler simply enjoyed feeding Cookie Monster!

There are so many other things you can do with this simple activity (simple addition and subtraction for those that are ready for it!). 

Here’s how to make a DIY number recognition for your kiddos. This is a basic tutorial, please change things up and make it fit your child’s needs.

If your kiddo loves this, you have to try our free printable Pizza Counting Worksheets as well as the Ice Cream Scoop Counting Worksheets!

Materials 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Draw Cookie Monster on top of an old box;

Step 2

Cut a slot within the mouth and a hole for the belly;

Step 3

On the inside of the box, place down the plastic bag (zipper side up), ensuring that it begins above the mouth, and can be visible within the belly.

Step 4

Line up the plastic bag where the slot is, and cut the plastic around the slot to provide an opening for the cookies to enter;

Step 5

Secure the plastic bag on each side with tape, and secure the plastic around the mouth with tape as well. This will allow the cookies to enter through the mouth, and fall into the bag for a fun transparent view as well as easy retrieval.

Step 6

Secure the cardboard box to the wall with painters tape!

Step 1

Draw Cookie Monster on top of an old box;

Step 2

Cut a slot within the mouth and a hole for the belly;

Step 3

On the inside of the box, place down the plastic bag (zipper side up), ensuring that it begins above the mouth, and can be visible within the belly.

Step 4

Line up the plastic bag where the slot is, and cut the plastic around the slot to provide an opening for the cookies to enter;

Step 5

Secure the plastic bag on each side with tape, and secure the plastic around the mouth with tape as well. This will allow the cookies to enter through the mouth, and fall into the bag for a fun transparent view as well as easy retrieval.

Step 6

Secure the cardboard box to the wall with painters tape!

Educational Benefits of This DIY Number Recognition Game

There are so many educational benefits of this simple activity. This is perfect for school readiness or to help your kiddos become more familiar with numbers. You can also adapt this activity as pictured!

Number Recognition: When you ask them to pick up the cookie with 6 chocolate chips, they have to match the amount of dots with the number. This one simple act exercises their number recognition. It also helps them see how much 1 chocolate chip is compared to 10 chips. This is the foundation of all math skills.

Early Math Skills: There are lots of early math skills that this one simple activity teaches. The first one is representation – making mathematics real by using pictures and objects (like chocolate chips). It also teaches patterns. As they grab the next number in line, they will discover that it has one more chocolate chip on the cookie.

number recognition game with cookie monster

If your child is ready for it, they can also practice and learn early addition and subtraction from it. Ask them, “Grab the cookie that is the answer to 3 chocolate chips plus 1 chocolate chip!” 

And if you decide to make the Cookie Monster with the visible belly, this is a great opportunity to talk about the digestive system!

number recognition game with cookie monster

Educational Benefits of This DIY Number Recognition Game

There are so many educational benefits of this simple activity. This is perfect for school readiness or to help your kiddos become more familiar with numbers. You can also adapt this activity as pictured!

Number Recognition: When you ask them to pick up the cookie with 6 chocolate chips, they have to match the amount of dots with the number. This one simple act exercises their number recognition. It also helps them see how much 1 chocolate chip is compared to 10 chips. This is the foundation of all math skills.

Early Math Skills: There are lots of early math skills that this one simple activity teaches. The first one is representation – making mathematics real by using pictures and objects (like chocolate chips). It also teaches patterns. As they grab the next number in line, they will discover that it has one more chocolate chip on the cookie.

If your child is ready for it, they can also practice and learn early addition and subtraction from it. Ask them, “Grab the cookie that is the answer to 3 chocolate chips plus 1 chocolate chip!”

And if you decide to make the Cookie Monster with the visible belly, this is a great opportunity to talk about the digestive system!

Store-Bought Math Puzzles

Here are my top picks for the best math puzzles you can buy!

Pom Pom Counting Cupcakes 

This Montessori activity uses soft pom poms and wooden cupcakes for early counting. It strengthens fine motor skills too.

Wooden Number Puzzle 

If you want something really simple, this is perfect! It’s a puzzle made of wooden numbers.

Math Shapes Puzzle 

This wooden puzzle lets your toddler match both the number with the correct amount of shapes.

Colorful Dinosaur 3D Puzzle 

Older kids will love putting together this 3D dinosaur puzzle. The numbers tell them in which order the pieces fit.

What’s Next?

Shapes Activity for Kids – The Shape Train

Shapes Activity for Kids – The Shape Train

Shapes Activity for Kids – The Shape Train

 

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This shapes activity for kids is a great way to strengthen shape recognition! Make this puzzle yourself, or download our free printable!

A Shapes Activity for Kids with Over a Dozen Shapes!

This shapes activity is a fun and simple way to help kids understand and learn their shapes. Learning shapes at a young age is excellent for building a strong foundation in math skills and language development. Since everything in the world is made up of shapes, it’s an important topic to help your child grow. 

To play, kids have to match the shapes to the shapes on the train or the caboose. 

The great thing about this activity is you only need few simple supplies to create this fun shapes activity. If you’re running low on art supplies, check out our comprehensive art list for more ideas!

Short on time? We understand grown ups are busy, so we made a free printable version of this activity! Read on to get it!

Skills: Early Math

Ages: 2 Years +

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

How To Make and Play With This Shapes Train

This shapes activity for kids is a simple way to help them explore various shapes and also learn how to recognize specific shapes when they see them. This activity will also help them understand the correct names for the shapes as well.

Make sure to watch the video first to see how to make this simple Shapes Train. It will show you how easy it is to create and just how much fun the kids will have when playing with it.

How To Make and Play With This Shapes Train

This shapes activity for kids is a simple way to help them explore various shapes and also learn how to recognize specific shapes when they see them. This activity will also help them understand the correct names for the shapes as well.

Make sure to watch the video first to see how to make this simple Shapes Train. It will show you how easy it is to create and just how much fun the kids will have when playing with it.

shapes-activity-for-kids-shape-train

A Train-Themed Way To Help Your Child Learn Shapes

This fun train activity is a great way to help your child learn about their shapes. It’s fun because it can focus on shapes and colors, and all on a fun train!

Older kids can help with this activity as well by helping to cut out the shapes and even draw or make the base of the train.

I set up this activity on a vertical surface. This isn’t necessary, but I often will do this because it has loads of benefits. By making activities eye-level, I’ve noticed how concentration and attention is much more focused, plus it’s great for strengthening arms and shoulder muscles!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links. 

Materials 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

On a piece of cardboard, line up your shape pieces into train formation. You can use a rectangle and square to form the conductor!

Step 2

Trace them with a pencil (you don’t want to ruin your blocks with marks)!

Step 3

Once traced, use a marker to make it bold and add some train details like wheels!

Step 4

Cover the cardboard with adhesive paper, sticky side up (or clear packing tape if you don’t have any!)

Step 5

On the edges, tape the adhesive paper down.

Step 6

On construction paper, trace and cut out each shape for matching!

Step 1

On a piece of cardboard, line up your shape pieces into train formation. You can use a rectangle and square to form the conductor!

Step 2

Trace them with a pencil (you don’t want to ruin your blocks with marks)!

Step 3

Once traced, use a marker to make it bold and add some train details like wheels!

Step 4

Cover the cardboard with adhesive paper, sticky side up (or clear packing tape if you don’t have any!)

Step 5

On the edges, tape the adhesive paper down.

Step 6

On construction paper, trace and cut out each shape for matching!

counting-activity-for-kids-spring-themed-count-the-petals-on-a-flower-printable

Printables Shapes Activities for Kids!

Don’t have time to create this DIY game? No problem! I wanted to make things extra easy for busy grown-ups by providing a FREE printable version of this activity!

Just cut out the shapes and match them to the train puzzle!

We also have a printable bundle All About Shapes! This includes over 25 pages that explore a dozen shapes. From tracing the shapes activities, to matching shapes, building a shape robot, and cutting out shapes. That’s just a few of the many ways this printable will have your kiddo exploring shapes!

For more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

The Educational Benefits of This Shape Train Activity

This educational shape activity for kids is perfect for helping them learn their shapes. Once your child learns the various shapes, this can then be used as a foundation for learning math, colors, and even language development.

The shapes can also be counted to work on math skills, and as your child progresses, you can even add some shapes with sight words on them to help with reading skills as well. This is also a great way to have them work on listening skills and matching various colors.

The sticking of the shapes onto the train is excellent for their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as well.

shapes-activity-for-kids-shape-train

The more your child uses this shape train activity, the more learning activities you can add in for them!

shapes-activity-for-kids-shape-train

The Educational Benefits of This Shape Train Activity

This educational shape activity for kids is perfect for helping them learn their shapes. Once your child learns the various shapes, this can then be used as a foundation for learning math, colors, and even language development.

The shapes can also be counted to work on math skills, and as your child progresses, you can even add some shapes with sight words on them to help with reading skills as well. This is also a great way to have them work on listening skills and matching various colors.

The sticking of the shapes onto the train is excellent for their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as well.

The more your child uses this shape train activity, the more learning activities you can add in for them!

More Ways to Explore Shapes

Here are my top picks shape puzzles and toys!

counting board wooden resources

Wooden Block Shape Train

This wooden stacking train is a fun way to combine block play, shape learning, and building! This set comes with the train car and 15 blocks.

shape puzzle learning shapes

Nesting Wooden Shapes Puzzle

This puzzle is perfect for kids as young as 2 years old. The shapes match and nest in each other with vibrant colors.

counting toy for young kids

Wooden Shape Puzzle

This wooden puzzle includes 18 shape pieces a cotton bag. I love that it features so many types of shapes!

shape sorter toy

Shape Sorting Truck

This versatile shape sorting tooy includes 15 shapes and a laser engraved pull-a-long truck!

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Pre K Math – Count and Add the Hair Free Printables

Pre K Math – Count and Add the Hair Free Printables

Pre K Math – Count and Add the Hair Free Printables

 

math activity for pre k adding hair

This Pre K math activity is a great hands on and visual way to learn how to count and do simple addition. Learn more about how to easily set this up, how to get the free printables, and how this game will get your preschooler on track to understanding some important basic math skills!

A Hands On Pre K Math Activity

This fun and easy-to-create activity for kids is a great way to work on math and counting. Once they start realizing that it’s possible to have fun and learn at the same time, they’re going to love adding on more and more hairs to count.

This is such a visual and tactile experience. Using simple materials you have in the home for hair, like toothpicks, pasta, and pegs – makes this activity budget friendly and hands on! This means that in just a few short minutes, your little one will be having a blast! (and learning!)

Plus, we made it even easier with a free printable that does all the hard work for you. Read on to get it!

Skills: Early Math

Ages: 2 Years +

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

One Way to Set Up This Pre K Math Activity

This fun counting game is an excellent way for your child to learn the early math concepts of counting and simple addition. One way to set it up is on a vertical surface. Vertical surfaces will improve should strength, encourage crossing the midline, and benefits extending attention span! However, even on a flat surface, this game is, no doubt, a fun way for them to engage their hands and minds simultaneously.

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

One Way to Set Up This Pre K Math Activity

This fun counting game is an excellent way for your child to learn the early math concepts of counting and simple addition. One way to set it up is on a vertical surface. Vertical surfaces will improve should strength, encourage crossing the midline, and benefits extending attention span! However, even on a flat surface, this game is, no doubt, a fun way for them to engage their hands and minds simultaneously.

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

math activity for pre k adding hair

Encourage Creativity and Imagination

One of the best things about this number activity is that you can easily change it up. This makes it fun for various ages and also keeps kids interested and engaged longer. There are 2 different printables available. For toddlers and young preschoolers, you should begin with the printable that is all about counting and number recognition. Older preschoolers and kindergartners will enjoy the printable all about simple addition.

There are so many different ways you can play with this printable. We experimented with both vertical and horizontal surfaces as well as switching up the materials we used as the hair. Spaghetti noodles could be fun, ribbon might be great, or anything else that your little one brainstorms on and wants to use. Note: pipe cleaners were heavy on the adhesive paper, so either make sure you have really strong sticky paper, or use something lighter like ribbons or toothpicks!

Materials 

  • Tape
  • Loose Parts to use as hair (for example: pasta, ribbon, pegs, pipe cleaners, etc.)

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

On the non-sticky side of a strip of adheisve paper, tape the printable. You can cut out the people or leave it in the printable page. 

Step 2

For a vertical surface, tape the adhesive paper to the wall, sticky side up.

Step 3

Provide loose parts for your children to add as hair to the people. If doing a vertical surface, use something light! Even the pipe cleaners were a bit too heavy and had to be repositioned!

Step 1

On the non-sticky side of a strip of adheisve paper, tape the printable. You can cut out the people or leave it in the printable page.

Step 2

For a vertical surface, tape the adhesive paper to the wall, sticky side up.

Step 3

Provide loose parts for your children to add as hair to the people. If doing a vertical surface, use something light! Even the pipe cleaners were a bit too heavy and had to be repositioned!

count the hair add the hair printable for early pre k math

Grab This Free Pre K Math Printable!

Grown up are busy, and I understand we don’t all have time to draw a bunch of people and create a DIY version of this! So I’ve made it super simple for you with these free worksheets for you to print out and use! 

The Count the Hair printable is all about number recognition and is great for toddlers and young preschoolers who are beginning to recognize their numbers and count sequentially!

The Add the Hair printable is great for older preschoolers and kindergarteners who have a stronger ability to recognize numbers and are ready to start adding them together!

Make sure that you don’t miss out on our Number Parking Lot and our Count the Pizza Toppings Game, too!

For more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

The Educational Benefits of Pre K Math

This activity is excellent for combining hands-on learning with early math skills.

Your child will be able to identify numbers fast for repetition and how to problem solve quickly, too. While this hair activity is quite fun, there are excellent educational benefits as well. It helps your child with number recognition, counting sequentially, one to one correspondence, and simple addition.

This then leads to more math learning, such as asking your child what number comes next or working on even larger addition, subtraction, and multiplication problems.

math activity for pre k adding hair

There is also an excellent benefit for your child of working on their fine motor skills with this fun activity as children pick up small objects and use hand-eye coordination to place them on top of the heads.

math activity for pre k adding hair

The Educational Benefits of Pre K Math

This activity is excellent for combining hands-on learning with early math skills.

Your child will be able to identify numbers fast for repetition and how to problem solve quickly, too. While this hair activity is quite fun, there are excellent educational benefits as well. It helps your child with number recognition, counting sequentially, one to one correspondence, and simple addition.

This then leads to more math learning, such as asking your child what number comes next or working on even larger addition, subtraction, and multiplication problems.

There is also an excellent benefit for your child of working on their fine motor skills with this fun activity as children pick up small objects and use hand-eye coordination to place them on top of the heads.

Store-Bought Early Math Games

Here are my top picks for the best early math games you can buy!

counting board wooden resources

Wooden Number Puzzle 

If you want something really simple, this is perfect! It’s a puzzle made of wooden numbers.

counting game with cupcake puzzle

Pom Pom Counting Cupcakes 

This activity uses soft pom poms and wooden cupcakes for early counting. It strengthens fine motor skills too.

pre k math learning addition game wooden

Wooden Math Board

This handcrafted learning resource is great for learning counting and addition and subtraction of numbers up to 20.

early math learning for kids wooden blocks

Wooden Number Blocks

These wooden blocks resemble numbers and grow with your child’s advancing math skills. It also includes a math guide and activity cards.

What’s Next?

Counting Numbers for Kids – Count the Petals

Counting Numbers for Kids – Count the Petals

Counting Numbers for Kids: Count the Petals

 

Have some Spring-themed early math fun with this DIY game of “Count the Petals.”  This is such a great way to learn counting numbers for kids!

Paper Flowers That Teach Early Math

This fun and easy-to-make game of counting petals on a flower brings the color and spirit of Spring inside while teaching kids early math. 

To play, kids count the petals on the paper flowers and “plant” each one in the pot with the corresponding number. 

All you need to create this project are some basic craft supplies and glue. If you are in need of craft supplies, be sure to check out our Comprehensive Arts and Crafts Supply List.

Plus, we made things extra easy for busy grown ups with a free printable version of this counting numbers with kids activity. Read on to get it!

Skills: Early Math

Ages: 2 Years +

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

How to Make and Play This Counting Numbers for Kids Game!

This counting numbers for kids game is a fun way to explore early math, using the digits one through eight. Watch the video to first see how to make this game yourself, and then watch to see how a child will engage with this DIY game. 

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

How to Make and Play This Counting Numbers for Kids Game!

This counting numbers for kids game is a fun way to explore early math, using the digits one through eight. Watch the video to first see how to make this game yourself, and then watch to see how a child will engage with this DIY game. 

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

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A Spring-Themed Way to do Counting with Kids and More!

One of the  great things about this game is that you can adapt it to your child’s age and abilities.

For the very young, it is a perfect way to introduce basic counting and number recognition.  

Older kids can help make the game, cutting out shapes (with safe scissors, of course), and work on fine motor skills. Or, have some creative fun and draw some faces on those flowers.

This is also a great way to talk about the anatomy of a flower, weather or the four seasons.

Bonus: you can use the pots and soil to plant some easy-to-grow seeds!

Materials 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Use a knife to cut circles in your cardboard box, making sure your cups will fit in them. 

Step 2

Assign a number to each cup. I used removable dot stickers, but you could also write the number on top of the cardboard for a permanent set up.

Step 3

Fill your planters up with a sensory material. We used potting soil, but you could use sand, rocks, rice, etc.

Step 4

For a final cute touch, use glue to secure a “Count the Petals” sign on your box!

Step 1

Use a knife to cut circles in your cardboard box, making sure your cups will fit in them.

Step 2

Assign a number to each cup. I used removable dot stickers, but you could also write the number on top of the cardboard for a permanent set up.

Step 3

Fill your planters up with a sensory material. We used potting soil, but you could use sand, rocks, rice, etc.

Step 4

For a final cute touch, use glue to secure a “Count the Petals” sign on your box!

counting-activity-for-kids-spring-themed-count-the-petals-on-a-flower-printable

Free Printable of This Count the Petals Game

Don’t have time to create this DIY game? No problem! I wanted to make things extra easy for busy grown ups by providing a FREE printable version of this activity!

Just print the pages, cut out the flowers and match the blooms to the corresponding flower pot!

And if you like this, don’t miss our free Number Parking Lot printable and Count the Pizza Topping printable! Counting numbers for kids can be tricky, but this is a fun way to do it!

For more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

The Educational Benefits of The Count the Petals Game

This educational counting for kids game with flower petals isn’t just a fun and pretty activity, it familiarizes your child with basic math concepts, too. 

The first, is rote counting, or counting numbers in sequential order. Depending on your child’s age, you can help with this or not.

Next, is one-to-one correspondence, the idea that every item counted gets a number.

The game can also develop subitizing, or the ability to recognize how many items are in a small set, such as instantly recognizing a group of four.

For little ones, ask them what number comes next as they play; for older kids, you could work in some basic addition.

counting-activity-for-kids-spring-themed-count-the-petals-on-a-flower

Sticking the flowers into the individual pots will also help develop fine motor skills, too.

For more ways to explore early math be sure to visit our comprehensive list of activities!

counting-activity-for-kids-spring-themed-count-the-petals-on-a-flower

This educational counting for kids game with flower petals isn’t just a fun and pretty activity, it familiarizes your child with basic math concepts, too. 

The first, is rote counting, or counting numbers in sequential order. Depending on your child’s age, you can help with this or not.

Next, is one-to-one correspondence, the idea that every item counted gets a number.

The game can also develop subitizing, or the ability to recognize how many items are in a small set, such as instantly recognizing a group of four.

For little ones, ask them what number comes next as they play; for older kids, you could work in some basic addition.

Store-Bought Early Math Games

Here are my top picks for the best early math games you can buy!

counting board wooden resources

Wooden Number Puzzle 

If you want something really simple, this is perfect! It’s a puzzle made of wooden numbers.

counting game with cupcake puzzle

Pom Pom Counting Cupcakes 

This activity uses soft pom poms and wooden cupcakes for early counting. It strengthens fine motor skills too.

counting toy for young kids

Math Shapes Puzzle 

This wooden puzzle lets your toddler match both the number with the correct amount of shapes.

count the chocolate chip cookie game

Count the Cookies

This count the cookie chips game is a fun way to learn numbers! The game comes with a cute cookie jar too!

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Dinosaur Activity – Fun Peg-osaurus!

Dinosaur Activity – Fun Peg-osaurus!

Dinosaur Activity – Peg-osaurus!

dinosaur activity with clothespins pegs for fine motor skills color matching and number learning

Kids just love this “Peg-osaurus” dinosaur activity! Giving the dinosaurs their spikes back is so much fun! Not only does this teach them their colors and counting, but it also helps to work on their fine motor skills too.

Plus, we made things extra easy for the grown ups with our free printable dinosaurs. Keep reading to get them!

Dinosaur Activity For Kids

The great thing about this activity is that it’s fun and full of learning. Add this to your list of dinosaur educational activities that you want to try! Hands-on learning is the perfect way for early learners to be able to use their hands and their minds at the same time.

You can make a DIY version out of cardboard, or save time with our free printable!

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How to Make This Dinosaur Activity

Here’s how you can make and play with this fun and easy dinosaur activity. In this video, you’ll find that it’s a fast and easy activity to set up, and the kids can use it to start learning right away. This is the perfect dinosaur activity idea for kids.

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

How to Make This Dinosaur Activity

Here’s how you can make and play with this fun and easy dinosaur activity. In this video, you’ll find that it’s a fast and easy activity to set up, and the kids can use it to start learning right away. This is the perfect dinosaur activity idea for kids.

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

dinosaur activity printable fine motor skills color recognition counting

Printable Dinosaur Activity

We understand that grown ups are busy and might not have the time to make hand drawn dinosaurs on cardboard! We got you covered with a set of printable dinosaurs! The set includes 6 different dinosaurs that have a range of 1-6 peg spikes that need to be added.

To make this printable activity last, be sure to laminate it first! If you are looking for a laminator, visit our comprehensive Arts and Crafts Supplies List for what we use!

Is using pegs still too tricky for your toddler? Then, make sure you download our free Poke the Animal printable where younger kids can strengthen fine motor skills while giving 3 spikey animals their spikes back using objects that are easier to handle like straws!

For more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

On a piece of cardboard, draw your dinosaur and stick on a googly eye. You can create this yourself or get the kiddos involved! Alternatively, use our free printable dinosaurs!

Step 2

Use a sharp scissor to cut out the dinosaur shapes.

Step 3

Put colorful stickers on the dinosaur’s back.

Step 4

Tape a craft stick to the back for a fun handle!

Step 5

Provide colorful pegs/clothespins to match while strengthening fine motor skills!

Step 1

On a piece of cardboard, draw your dinosaur and stick on a googly eye. You can create this yourself or get the kiddos involved! Alternatively, use our free printable dinosaurs!

Step 2

Use a sharp scissor to cut out the dinosaur shapes.

Step 3

Put colorful stickers on the dinosaur’s back.

Step 4

Tape a craft stick to the back for a fun handle!

Step 5

Provide colorful pegs/clothespins to match while strengthening fine motor skills!

Educational Benefits for This Fun Dinosaur Activity

This simple dinosaur activity is excellent for teaching kids to learn and match colors. You can also use this activity for learning numbers. Once a child has matched all the pegs, have them count how many there are!

One of the most important skills being strengthened in this activity is fine motor skills. Clothespins or pegs are perfect for targeting the small muscles in hands and fingers. As both ends are being squeezed to the open position, those fingers are getting a great workout!

This type of activity is a fantastic stepping stone to preparing kid’s hands for important practical life skill tasks like writing, buttoning, and zipping to name a few! For more fine motor activities be sure to visit our comprehensive Fine Motor Skills List!

dinosaur activity with clothespins pegs for fine motor skills color matching and number learning free printable
dinosaur activity with clothespins pegs for fine motor skills color matching and number learning free printable

Educational Benefits for This Fun Dinosaur Activity

This simple dinosaur activity is excellent for teaching kids to learn and match colors. You can also use this activity for learning numbers. Once a child has matched all the pegs, have them count how many there are!

One of the most important skills being strengthened in this activity is fine motor skills. Clothespins or pegs are perfect for targeting the small muscles in hands and fingers. As both ends are being squeezed to the open position, those fingers are getting a great workout!

This type of activity is a fantastic stepping stone to preparing kid’s hands for important practical life skill tasks like writing, buttoning, and zipping to name a few! For more fine motor activities be sure to visit our comprehensive Fine Motor Skills List!

Store-Bought Dinosaur Learning Activities

Here are my top picks for educational toys and games for the dino-fan!

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Dinosaur Egg Discovery Kit

Discover 12 unique dinosaurs while strengthening fine motor skills while excavating them from eggs. The kit comes with 12 matching cards.

dinosaur alphabet puzzle wooden

Alphabet Dinosaur Puzzle

This puzzle includes 26 easy-to-grasp pieces, one for each letter of the alphabet. A great way to encourage fine motor and letter recognition skills!

dinosaur building engineering toy

Build a Dinosaur Toy

This set includes 3 dinosaurs that can be taken apart and assembled. It includes a low-speed motor drill with 2 kinds of drill bits. Great item for STEM and fine motor skills.

dinosaur book for little kids

Big Book About Dinosaurs

This book is the Ultimate Dinopedia for kids! It includes stunning illustrations with fun facts that are age appropriate for ages 4 to 8 years old. 

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Number Comparison: Greater Than & Less Than Game

Number Comparison: Greater Than & Less Than Game

Number Comparison: Greater Than & Less Than Game

Here is a fun way to introduce the math concept of number comparison and recognition of the symbols greater than, less than, and equal to! It is super visual and tactile! Keep reading and discover how easy it is to make your very own math game out of some cardboard and adhesive paper.

An Easy-to-Make DIY or Download Our Free Printable!

Teach your children number comparison and how to use the greater than, less than, and equal to signs! This DIY game using an alligator for the symbols is a fun way to play and learn. 

Plus, for extra busy parents, we wanted to make the process even easier, so we made a free printable version of this game just for you. More on that below! 

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

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Watch the Video to See How to Make the Game!

In this video you’ll see how easy it is to make this game yourself. Using readily available materials, this game is budget-friendly and can be created quickly!

Of course, we know that grown-ups are tight on time, so we’ve created a free printable version of this activity that you can find below.

Watch the Video to See How to Make the Game!

In this video you’ll see how easy it is to make this game yourself. Using readily available materials, this game is budget-friendly and can be created quickly!

Of course, we know that grown-ups are tight on time, so we’ve created a free printable version of this activity that you can find below.

Enjoy Number Comparison With This Fun Game

One of the first concepts that will help children understand addition and subtraction is learning number comparison. 

Before jumping into an activity like this, your child should be able to either count or be able to recognize numbers. If your kiddo is still learning that, we have the perfect DIY counting puzzle for you to make and play!

In this video you’ll see how we played this number comparison game. Use a dice, or randomly select numbers, compare them, and decide whether they are greater than, less than, or equal to! You can also use manipulatives, as we did with small fish charms. They allow younger kids to physically count the quantities first and then compare one from the other!

Materials 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

From the roll of adhesive dry-erase paper, cut out two rectangles and stick them to your big piece of cardboard.

Step 2

Create your alligator on the two small pieces of cardboard by first coloring 2/3 green and 1/3 white.

Step 3

Use a scissor to make a jagged line for the alligator’s teeth. 

Step 4

Punch a hole in the center of the small cardboard pieces and poke two holes in the center of the big cardboard sheet.

Step 5

Use paper fasteners to secure the alligator to the cardboard while keeping it moveable.

Step 6

To play the game, use a dice or randomly select numbers, write them in the square spots with a dry-erase pen and move the alligator in the correct position. Alternatively, use manipulatives, like fish charms, instead of writing numbers.

Step 1

Use a sharp craft knife to cut out rectangles from one of the pieces of cardboard. Retain these as they will be the pieces for the numbers. Cut out as many pieces as you want.

Step 2

Make the gator. Either use my free printable or use craft sticks to paint a gator with green paint. Add some white paper for teeth and eyes.

Step 3

To make your number pieces: use markers to draw individual numbers on separate pieces of cardboard.

Step 4

Add hook and loop adhesive dots to the back of each cardboard number piece.

Step 5

Place hook and loop adhesive dots on the craft sticks gator mouth.

Step 6

Move the gator’s mouth to make a greater than or less than sign, depending on which number is larger.  

FREE Printable Version of This Number Comparison Activity

Even though we absolutely love this DIY game for number comparison (it is so easy to make and budget-friendly!), we do understand that grown ups are busy and so we wanted to give you a short cut with this FREE printable!

This printable not only comes with the alligator-themed less than, equal to, and greater than symbols, but you’ll also get number flash cards!

For more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

 

Educational Benefits of Learning Number Comparison

This is the perfect game for preschoolers and young grade school children to play. It introduces the concepts of numbers actually representing larger and smaller amounts.

Number comparison, which is a building block of addition and subtraction. If there are 10 people and 5 cupcakes, are there enough cupcakes for everyone?

Using an alligator’s mouth to represent the greater than or less than sign is a visual image that will stick in your child’s mind. 

Through playing this game, kids will be able to understand a number’s relationship with other numbers. This is called number sense.

Understanding the value of numbers and how the represent more or fewer amounts is a skill they will use everyday in real life.

Educational Benefits of Learning Number Comparison

This is the perfect game for preschoolers and young grade school children to play. It introduces the concepts of numbers actually representing larger and smaller amounts.

Number comparison, which is a building block of addition and subtraction. If there are 10 people and 5 cupcakes, are there enough cupcakes for everyone?

Using an alligator’s mouth to represent the greater than or less than sign is a visual image that will stick in your child’s mind. 

Through playing this game, kids will be able to understand a number’s relationship with other numbers. This is called number sense.

Understanding the value of numbers and how the represent more or fewer amounts is a skill they will use everyday in real life.

Explore More Ways to Learn Number Comparison

Here are my top picks for the best games you can buy to teach greater than, less than, and equal to!

Gator Game

The game board version of our DIY! It includes 4 boards and 4 sets of number cards so multiple children can play at once!