I don’t think there is a pizza that I’ve met that I didn’t like. Thin crust or deep dish, triangle cut or square, lots of toppings or just plain cheese. I love pizza. You can count on most kids liking pizza too, right? Well, with the exception of my 12 year old daughter’s friend who announced very loudly last night (as we were having pizza) that she didn’t like it. #facepalm So when I saw these mini erasers at Target, I just HAD to grab a few and had this counting grid activity for preschoolers in mind.
I make activities and printables with all sorts of different themes, but the ones my kids like the most are themes that they already have an interest in. My daughter agreed that these erasers are just too cute, so she was ready to do any and all activities with them!
Practice Counting With These Pizza Grids
This activity is one that can be used at any time of the year, which is super convenient, just like this Dragon Loves Tacos Counting Grids! It is fun to have seasonal and holiday themes, but it is really nice to have!!
Besides preparing activities for my daughters, I also help with the daycare at our church. That is a lot of activities. That’s why I can’t be happier that I have access to HP Instant Ink! It makes it saving money on ink SO much easier!
The first thing I did after printing these is laminate them. Little hands and pieces of paper (even cardstock) is a no-win situation! Laminating is a sure fire way to be able to use this activity over and over.
If you don’t have a laminator, you can use dry erase pockets. With these, you can easily slide paper into them and they can be protected. This also allows you to use dry erase markers on an activity without laminating first.
For the dice, we use a differentiated instruction cube to create a custom die to match the activity. There is a set of inserts included for 1-3 and 1-6. I use the 1-3 die with the 10 grid and the 20 grid to make the activity last a little longer.
My kids adore tossing the dice, so they don’t get bored with a longer game.
Learning Resources Jumbo Foam Polyhedral Dice, 5 Dice, 4, 8, 10, 20 Sides, Ages 5+Learning Resources Jumbo Dice in Dice, Set of 12Carson-Dellosa Differentiated Instruction Cubes ManipulativeLearning Resources Dice Domes Deluxe, Early Math Concepts, 6 Assorted Color Foam Dice, Ages 5+
There are three counting grids in this Pizza Counting Set. One for 10, one for 20 and another for 100. This means that this set is perfect for children as young as toddlers all the way up to 1st grade.
We found these pizza mini erasers at Target, but other manipulatives can be just as fun! Anything that is small, colorful and fun will work perfectly!
Food Erasers OHill Pack of 46 Pencil Erasers for Kids Pull Apart 3D Mini Erasers Assorted Food Cake Dessert Puzzle Erasers for Birthday Party Supplies Favors, School Classroom Rewards and Novelty ToysPizza Erasers
Using small manipulatives like this helps with counting but they also help with fine motor skills. Children are required to use their pincer grasp to pick up the mini erasers or other manipulatives. Fine motor skills are crucial for life skills and activities like this are perfect for strengthening them!
Grab the pizza mini erasers and the counting grids. Use the pizza erasers to help with 1:1 correspondence on the grids. We like to place one pizza eraser on a square and count that number. Then move to the second and repeat, counting along the way.
Increase the fine motor challenge by using tongs to pick up and place the mini erasers on the grid. These Learning Resources tongs are some of our favorite fine motor tools.
You can also ask the child to fill in a certain number of squares, counting along the way. For instance, on the 20 grid, ask the child to fill in 14 squares and count as the erasers get placed down.
Spanish Counting Activities
This full counting activity also includes a Spanish version.
Spanish counting activities are great for classrooms with Spanish integration, or Spanish immersion math classes.
You can use this activity with no modifications in a Spanish math room.
These grids are also super helpful for assisting with addition and subtraction.
For addition you can use a double dice, add the numbers together and place the correct number of mini erasers on the number grid.
Fill the ten grid full of erasers and ask the kids to work out what 10-3 is. They can take away 3 and count what remains to find the answer. This is especially helpful when introducing subtraction for the first time.
This could also work for super simple multiplication as well.
We love to incorporate other activities and books. These are some of our favorites with a pizza theme!
Osmo – Pizza Co. Game – Ages 5-12 – Communication Skills & Mental Math – for iPad 2,4,Air,Mini, Pro Tablet (Osmo Base Included)Learning Resources Magnetic Pizza FractionsPizza Day: A Picture BookSecret Pizza Party