I do not recommend this activity for a day with indoor recess. But, combining math and chocolate?!? Yes, please. Maybe you’re thinking of the sugar implications that come with that, but hear me out. Grab some chocolate chips (choose semi-sweet or dark chocolate if you are worried about the kids wanting to eat them), these fun chocolate chip counting grids and have a blast practicing counting to 10 20, and 100. Then, go outside for recess and let them burn off all that sugar!

Free printable counting activities for kindergarten and preschool. English and Spanish math activity.

Recommended Grade Level:

Chocolate Chip Counting Grids Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Scissors
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Differentiated Instruction Cube
  • 6-, 10-, or 20-sided dice

Chocolate Themed Counting Activity for Preschool

In all seriousness, I stand by the concept of using chocolate for math. There are some people out there that say we shouldn’t use food in the learning environment (I am not one of those people and I have lived in a 3rd world country), but if you are willing to let the kids eat some of the chocolate chips they work with (maybe not all of them if you are using the 100-chart…yikes!!), it can be a serious motivator for reluctant learners.

Truth… it’s a serious motivator for me. Let them do their math while I sneak chocolate chips straight from the bag

I know I am not alone with this….

Free printable counting grids for preschool and kindergarten. Count to 10 in English and Spanish

Before I forget, these super engaging counting activities are in both English and Spanish with color and black/white options available for both languages. How cool is that!?!?

So, let’s talk about laminating.

I am one of those people who needs to laminate.all.the.things.

Because of that I invested in a super awesome, super fast laminator.

Laminating activities increases the chances that the activity will last more than one session of use, which saves you on paper and printer ink. It also saves you on time because you don’t have to hunt down files that you used last year and have no idea what they were named…

Instead, I laminate and then store my activities in manila folders in a file cabinet according to their season and theme.

Spanish counting activities in a chocolate chip theme.

If you prefer not to laminate or you can’t invest in a good laminator right now (though I have been told this laminator is pretty awesome for the low price), grab some write & wipe page protectors and slip the counting grids into them.

It takes about 5 seconds and then BAM! you have a brand new set of math centers ready to go.

If you don’t have a differentiated instruction cube, I highly recommend getting a set because there are SO many things that you can do with them, but you can also use any dice that you have on hand for this activity.

I personally like the differentiated instruction cubes because they are soft. If you have ever had that one child who thinks that every learning tool is also a projectile, you will understand the implications…

It becomes “okay” for a child to toss the cube up in the air as they are rolling it because no one is going to get their eye poked out.

Of course, if you only teach calm, direction following kids, there is no need to worry about such things.

Who am I kidding???

Grab the differentiated instruction cubes!

How to Use Counting Grids for Preschool Math

These counting grids are pretty awesome. Who knew that one piece of paper could be used so many ways?!?! I get excited over weird things, I know.

  • Use the 1-3 cube to focus on one-to-one correspondence with young learners. Pair it up with the “Counting to 10” mat for a simple introduction to counting.

There is no need to place the chocolate chips in any particular order on the grid. The whole object is to count the correct number of objects. Easy peasy.

Once the kids have 1-3 mastered, take it up a notch…

Counting activities with chocolate chips for preschool and kindergarten math centers.

Additional Learning Activities for Counting Grids:

  • Use a larger die like a 10- or 20-sided die combined with the hundred chart for older learners. This will continue to solidify the one-to-one correspondence, but it will also allow them to practice number recognition of numbers 1-10 and 1-20.
  • Addition: Keep a list of all the numbers that are rolled and add them together at the end to demonstrate that all of the numbers rolled ‘add up’ to the total number.
Chocolate chip hundred chart counting activity for kindergarten.
  • You can also use 2 dice and add the numbers together on each turn. This would especially be great on the 100 grid! We love using our double-dice for this!
  • Subtraction: Start with the counting grid full of chocolate chips. With each roll, ‘subtract’ that number of chocolate chips from the grid. Of course you can eat the chocolate chips that you remove!
Spanish counting worksheets for kindergarten

Additional Counting Activities for Review

If you have a child who is struggling with the concept of one-to-one correspondence, don’t worry. Every child progresses on their own schedule. Some kids catch on right away, but others have trouble.

Don’t push the issue, but continue to give them fun activities like the ones listed here for more practice.

Chocolate Chip Counting Cards

Goldfish Counting Cards

Fruit Themed Counting Cards

And I always love to pair our math activities up with a book in the same theme to help kids remember the activity! Bringing math and literacy concepts together helps to solidify the skills in their minds.

Find even more engaging activities in the Life Over C’s shop!

More Food Theme Activities!

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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. 

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