Even if you aren’t ready for pumpkin spice, these free printable pumpkin counting grid games for preschool are a fun way to bring the fall season into your learning time. They pair up perfectly with our other pumpkin themed activities to make a great pumpkin unit this fall with your kids. There are so many ways to use counting grids and they work well with kids of all skill levels!

### Materials for Pumpkin Counting Grids:

• Paper
• Laminating Pouches
• Laminator
• Acrylic Pumpkins
• Differentiated Instruction Cube

To Prepare the Pumpkin Counting Grid Games: Print the file found below. Laminate the counting grids and the large cube inserts if you choose to use those. To use the printable cube, simply cut on the outside line and fold on the inner lines to form a cube. Tape the edges to hold the cube together. If you choose to use the larger cube inserts, cut apart the dice cards and place them inside the windows of the differentiated instruction cube.

Please note- there are two sets of cube inserts and cubes included. One has the numbers 1-3 twice and the other has the numbers 1-6. I recommend using the 1-3 cube with the counting to 10 game as it will make the game last longer. For the counting to 20 grid, you could use either cube.

How To Use the Pumpkin Counting Grid Games: Roll the cube and place that number of pumpkins on the spaces of the grid. Let your child decide where to place them. There is no right or wrong way to use the grid.

We’ve had fun using the dice alone and counting the pumpkins and also using the ten-frame by itself to practice counting all the way to 10.

Right now we are working on reinforcing one-to-one correspondence, so I am having Shiloh touch each pumpkin in the ten-frame and on the dice as she counts them. Otherwise she gets a little ahead of herself and starts counting with ‘2’ instead of ‘1’!

She automatically tried to make patterns with the pumpkins as she placed them on the mat, so that was some extra fun that I wasn’t expecting.

### Ways you can use the Pumpkin Counting Grid Games:

One-to-one correspondence- teaches the child that each button is “1”.

Addition- all of the numbers rolled “add” up to the total number (you can also use 2 dice and add the numbers together on each turn.

Subtraction- start with the counting grid full of pumpkins. With each roll “subtract” that number of pumpkins from the grid.

This is one of our favorite pumpkin books to help with counting!

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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.

## One Comment

1. Christine says:

Thank you so much for the great fall free printables! I’m sure my daughter will be delighted with these.