The bulk of Kindergarten math instruction is, simply, numbers! They are the foundation for everything else that comes next, right? Adding, subtracting, comparing, and more. But every preschool and kindergarten teacher knows that number recognition activities are anything but simple! It requires time, patience, repetition and variety.

I made the Free Printable Number 9 Worksheets for Tracing and Number Recognition to cover all of those bases with ease. The number tracing worksheets include all facets of the Number 9 from recognition and formation to counting and grouping. Now you can get out there and do the not-so-simple work of teaching!

– Life Over C's Kindergarten number 9 free math worksheets for tracing and more

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Materials for the Number 9 Worksheets

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Writing Utensils
  • Crayons
  • Dot Markers

How to Teach Number Recognition:


Number recognition is a loaded concept, in my opinion! We can’t just show students number symbols on a flashcard and, Boom!, they know their numbers.

“Knowing” a number means more than just recognizing the numeral. It means naming it effortlessly, picking it from a group of other numbers, counting to it, counting back from it, and matching it with the correct quantity.

Clearly, your students are going to need a bit of repetition and meaningful practice before they really have strong number sense and basic math skills like number writing, recognition, and counting. Believe it or not, these are key pre-algebra and word problem skills.

That is why I love these printable number 9 free math worksheets! Your students will get opportunities to explore the Number 9 in a variety of ways until they reach automaticity in recognizing/naming/spelling out numbers/counting.

The printable math worksheets can be incorporated into your day in a “number” of ways!

  • Morning work
  • Math lesson
  • Math center
  • Homework
  • Early finishers

In addition to learning to count, the free printable worksheets help children develop other foundational math skills needed to solve problems that are increasingly complex.

Take the learning beyond number recognition games by posing questions about numbers as you explore them.

  • What kinds of lines make number 9? (curved/straight/both)
  • Can you show 9 on your fingers? Can you show it on one hand/two hands?
  • Is nine greater than/less than 10? How do you know?
  • Are there groups of 9 in our classroom?
  • What is your favorite number? Why?

How Can Kids Build Number Sense?


Simple number worksheets for kindergarten help build number sense because they allow children to work with numbers in a variety of ways, from naming and writing the number to counting and comparing it.

Here are some skills the free number tracing worksheets will build in your students:

  • One-to-one correspondence
  • Counting fluency (forward and backward)
  • Fine motor skills
  • Correct number formation
  • Number comparisons
  • Grouping

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn Numbers?

Printable number worksheets give ample opportunities to explore different facets of each number. This is an important step on the journey toward solid number sense and the ability to move on to complex math skills.

Develops Automaticity

When the process of identifying a 9 is time-consuming and laborious, it makes it difficult for a child to then move beyond and add 9+1 or subtract 10-9. Repeated practice on math worksheets results in a number automaticity that is necessary later.

Improves Number Sense

Knowing that 9 is greater than 1, or less than 10, is an important piece of understanding numbers. As children learn to identify numbers on a number line in sequence, they begin to make important comparisons and understand quantity.

Enhances Handwriting

Writing numbers is difficult for children. Their hand muscles are still developing and they are still learning writing vocabulary, like straight line, curved line, start at the top/middle/bottom. Every chance to practice writing numbers on free worksheets makes number formation easier the next time.

Teaches Grouping

Counting groups of objects or matching a number with a group helps kids begin to “subitize,” or be able to recognize a group of 9 without actually counting each singular object. Subitizing is an important math skill because it takes away the labor of counting each group every time.

“My multi-aged group loved this even more than I thought they would! “

My kiddos love this! I use it for early finishers or in the morning while they are staggering in during breakfast. They are very engaged and enjoy playing!

What’s Included in the Number 9 Worksheets Set?

How To Use The Number 9 Traceable Worksheets

How to Use the Number Worksheets

  • Choose your option below to get the printable pack.
  • Just print the packet, then decide how to use the pages.

Using the Number Writing Worksheets

There are tons of potential ways to use the Number 5 tracing number worksheet. It’s up to you!

Kids love adding manipulatives and games. And teachers love readymade activities! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Laminate the tracing printable for write/wipe number practice.
  • Add a die or number cards to turn it into a game.
  • Print, staple, and use the packet for everyday review.
  • Create an answer key for self-checking ease.
– Life Over C's Free printable number 9 math worksheets for kindergarten

Extend the Activity:

Counting Mats

Use any page with a large number image as a mat where students count small objects onto it or place them into the ten frame.

Sequence Cards

Download more numbers 1-20 to create a set of large sorting cards. Students can place them sequentially, or backward, and then practice oral counting.

Small Group

Use any of the pages to reinforce the entire number with a small group that needs review. You can easily practice ID, formation, and counting on one page.

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– Life Over C's Number 9 math worksheets for kindergarten

Focus Skills

For Number Worksheets:

visual discrimination visual scanning working memory partner play Language Development cognitive sorting counting hand-eye coordination
– Life Over C's Free printable number 9 worksheets for kindergarten math
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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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