I recently shared our free pirate play dough mats for numbers 1-10 and now I’m introducing the accompanying set. These Free Pirate Play Dough Mats for Numbers 11-20 go right along with any pirate theme for preschool! The printable playdough mats are also perfect for kindergarteners who are learning all about numeracy! The hands-on playdoh mats provide valuable practice with one-to-one correspondence, number recognition, and counting fluency. Just print, laminate, and break out the play dough for some math learning fun!

#### Pirate Counting Mats Supplies:

• Printer/Ink
• Laminating Supplies
• Gold Rocks/Manipulatives
• Play Dough

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## Counting Activities for Preschool

##### PLAYDOUGH NUMBER MATS

PIRATE MATH NUMBER PLAYDOUGH MATS ARE A GREAT WAY TO ENGAGE KIDS. ONCE THEY HAVE MASTERED NUMBERS 1 TO 10, YOU CAN BREAK OUT THE NEXT SET.

Tackling “tricky teens” in kindergarten is important, but it can be tricky for kids to pick up without a lot of repetition.

I love the ten frames on these counting mats for preschoolers, because it shows exactly how teens are organized. I like to teach my students that teens are 10 and then so many more (ie., 11=10 and 1 more, 13 is 10 and 3 more, etc.)

The preschool pirate cards can be used in number order to work on sequencing, or you can mix them up. Use gold coins, gold rocks, or another gem or treasure hunt-type of objects you have around.

Each card packs a lot of punch with this number sense activity!

Use the cards to practice counting, one-to-one correspondence, number ID or number formation. As children work on the pirate activity for preschool and kindergarten, you can pose other questions:

• This number is 10 and how many more?
• Can you count to 15 again? Backwards?
• Why is the top ten frame always full to make these numbers?
• How are numbers 10 an up different from numbers 0 to 9?

## What Can Kids Learn Playing Pirate Games For Preschoolers?

##### BUILDING NUMBER SENSE

PLAYDOUGH ACTIVITIES FOR MATH ARE GREAT BECAUSE THEY WORK FINE MOTOR SKILLS WHILE DEVELOPING IMPORTANT MATH SKILLS.

Recognizing teen numbers and building them on ten frames is an ideal way to gain confidence and ease with teen numbers. The pirate counting cards cover several important skills:

• Visual organization
• Number recognition/formation
• One-to-one correspondence
• Subitizing

## Why Is It Important For Kids To Work On Number Sense Activities?

Preschool counting worksheets and number recognition activities and games provide a solid foundation for future math skills.

## Number Identification

Number identification is sometimes the first step towards understanding what numbers are. Kids need lots of practice to be able to look at a number and name it appropriately.

## Counting Fluency

Being able to count smoothly and effortlessly goes a long way toward ease with future math concepts and skills. It takes lots of counting practice to reach that level of ease.

## One-to One Correspondence

Counting groups of objects and assigning each object one more gives meaning to the numbers that kids identify. Then they begin understanding quantity.

## Make Connections

Preschool counting games help kids make connections between different numbers. It helps them see 12 is 10 an 2 more or 17 is an odd number.

## How To Make The Pirate Play Dough Number 11-20 Mats

### To Prep:

Print the counting cards on a piece of paper/cardstock and laminate. Cut the cards apart.

### To Use:

We used our gold nuggets to count out the number in our treasure chest and then again in the ten-frames at the bottom of the mat.

You can spell out the number word with your child and/or have them trace the letters with their finger.

Then create the numeral with play dough, trace with their fingers or a dry erase crayon.

There are lots of homemade playdough recipes available to extend the learning.

### Sensory Bin

Hide the cards in a pirate ship themed sensory bin. Find a card, count, repeat. Include a plank made out of construction paper and kids can “walk the plank” a certain number of steps for each card with a plastic pirate figurine.

### Sequence

These pirate themed cards are perfect for working on number order. Depending on the skill level of the child, mix them up and put them back in order, or put them in order and remove a card and ask the child which number is missing.

### Play a Game

Place the cards upside down in a draw pile. Practice counting by drawing a card and identifying the teen. Place a piece of gold on a treasure map for each correct answer.

## Marshmallow Counting Mats for Preschool Numbers 1-10

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.