30 Hands-On Counting Activities for Kids

Some kids (and adults too!) have negative feelings about math. It can seem abstract and difficult. But there are lots of fun ways to make it less intimidating. Starting with the very basics, using play and activities there are lots of hands-on counting activities for kids! We’ve done so many activities to teach counting! There are way too many to list them all but here are a few of our themed favorites.

30+ Hands-on counting activities! Learn numbers while having fun!

30+ Hands-On Counting Activities

More Counting Activities

Below you’ll find some of the best ideas to include counting skills within other activities like games, crafts, stories and sensory play.


Hands-On Counting Activities and Games

Math Caps: A Math Facts Game from Mosswood Connections

Easy Preschool Watermelon Counting Game from Homeschool Preschool

Spider Web Number Lacing Activity from Artsy Momma

Fine Motor Activity: Turkey Feather Counting from Artsy Momma

Nuts and Bolts More or Less Game from Preschool Powol Packets

Flower Counting Activity from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Counting Game for One-to-One Correspondence from Buggy and Buddy

Contact Paper Fall Tree Counting Game from Simple Fun for Kids

Felt Leaf Number Line Activity from Something 2 Offer

Foam Cup Construction with Numbers  from Simple Fun for Kids

Simple Montessori Counting Activity from My Mundane and Miraculous Life

100 Items to Use to Count to 100 from Edventures with Kids

Learning to Count with Pipe Cleaners from School Time Snippets

Hands-on Preschool Counting with Rings on Fingers from School Time Snippets

Skip Counting Activities from What Do We Do All Day

Gross Motor Counting Activities

Teach Counting with a Stair Jumping Game from Homeschool Preschool

Teach Counting with Simon Says from Homeschool Preschool

Gross Motor Math Game: Counting Action Dice from Buggy and Buddy

Hands-On Crafts for Counting

Recycled K Cup Frog Craft and Counting Activity  from Artsy Momma

Spider Counting Craft from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Pretend Play for Counting

Preschool Math Activity with Bear Counts from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Personalized Felt Counting Set with Ten Apples Up On Top from Buggy and Buddy

Pretend Play and Number Recognition  from My Mundane and Miraculous Life

Counting 1 to 5 with 5 Little Ducks from Red Ted Art

Hands-On Sensory Activities for Counting

Exploring Numbers with Playdough from Simple Fun for Kids

Dinosaur Sensory Bin: Counting and Math from My Mundane and Miraculous Life

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With a little creativity math doesn’t have to be intimidating at all. These hands-on counting activities are sure to be a hit!

More Counting Activities You’ll Love!

Ocean I Spy Counting Printable for Preschoolers

Free Printable Goldfish Counting Cards

This ocean I Spy printable is a perfect counting activity for preschoolers. With this free printable, kids can practice counting, learn about ocean animals and work on language skills. These Goldfish counting cards are so adorable! What a fun way to combine learning numbers with snack time!

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