Ten Black Dots is one of our favorite counting centered children’s books. It is simple yet helps so much. Many of these activities are math centered, specifically counting, graphing, sorting, etc. Some, though, include sensory and art elements. All of these activities are fun for kids and are a perfect way to connect to the amazing children’s book Ten Black Dots.

## Math Activities

Sorting is an important skill to learn for beginning math skills. This is a super simple to set up sorting activity and will help kids sort numbers 1 through 10.

This printable can help kids with number recognition in such an easy way. With only a few supplies, including paint and q-tips, can help kids dot each number 1 though 10.

Having counters is an excellent way to help kids learn to count. The visual aspect can help immensely. This counting activity uses black pom poms to represent the black dots!

Those same counters make fabulous tools for creating numbers in a writing tray. This can help strengthen fine motor skills as well as helping to practice writing the numbers.

This counting activity uses popsicle sticks to help kids with various areas of math. This can be used for counting, simple equations, greater than or less than and more.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion.

## One Comment

1. Lorri says:

I really like the black dot idea. When my students struggle understanding the amount of a number matched with the actual printed number. Putting their own dots on numbers using a pattern would be a way to take home numbers to practice. They could count the dots on the number with parents to practice recognizing the number.