There’s something about chick activities in preschool that draws the attention of kids! Everyone wants to touch those fuzzy little guys. I decided to create the cute counting mats for preschoolers with a farm theme to work on important math skills. The Free Printable Chick Counting Cards for numbers 1-10 are easy to prep. Mess-free. Noise-free. Waaaaay easier than incubating eggs! Unless you count the noises that the kids are going to make as they recognize numbers and count with this preschool farm activity.
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Farm Math Activities for Preschool
NUMBER SENSE ACTIVITIES
COUNTING CARDS OFFER SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST COUNTING! THEY ARE A GRAT WAY TO HIT A LOT OF SKILLS THAT BUILD NUMBER SENSE.
We love mini-erasers. They are the perfect little math manipulative! Every time Target has new ones in their Dollar Spot, I grab a couple bags. If you miss out on getting these from Target you can get this set from Amazon with lots of different Easter themed erasers.
These cards are perfect to new learners who are not ready for independent counting. The kids simply cover each chick picture on the card as they are counting. That way they know when to stop for each number.
I like to slip our counting cards into a quart-sized Zip top bag for easy storage. Plus, it makes it super easy to pull out to use as a busy bag when I need my preschooler to work independently (or, at least, more independently.)
We’ve used counting cards several times and though she isn’t ready to count yet, she is starting to get the hang of the matching concept of putting the objects on the pictures.
You can find all of our counting cards here.
While kids are working on counting chicks on each card, you can ask help them develop number sense skills with questions:
- Is that number less than 10? How do you know?
- Are there other groups of 2/3 somewhere in the classroom? Where?
- Can you count to 5 again? Backwards?
- How do you know that might be 6 chicks without counting them?
What Do Number Sense Activities For Preschoolers Teach?
COUNTING ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOL
NUMBER RECOGNITION AND ONE-TO-ONE CORRESPONDENCE ARE IMPORTANT CONCEPTS TO PRACTICE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD.
Preschool farm math activities engage kids because they love learning about farm life! Counting chicks helps with numerous math skills! In addition to practice numbers, kids will work on:
- One-to-one correspondence
- Number identification/formation
- Counting fluency
- Addition/subtraction (when ready)
- Number order (sequence)
Why Is It Important For Kids To Work On Number Sense Activities?
Preschool math centers with play dough or dry erase marker activities and games provide a solid foundation for future math skills.
How to Make the Farm Theme Counting Cards
Print the counting cards on a piece of paper/cardstock and laminate. Cut the cards apart.
Cover the chicks on the counting cards with the correct number of chick mini erasers.
This chicken activity for preschool is perfect for new learners who are not ready for independent counting. The kids simply cover each chick on the card as they are counting. That way they know when to stop for each number.
Hide the cards in a sensory bin to add an element of mystery to this counting game for preschool. Find a card, count, repeat. Use play dough to form the numbers as an additional sensory experience.
These farm 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.
Learn the life cycle of a chicken to tie into this fun preschool chicken activity for math. Kids can learn how a chick hatches and grows into an adult chicken with built-in background knowledge about chicks already.