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 Needed for the Pumpkin Counting Grid Games
Paper | Laminator | Laminating Pouches | Differentiated Instruction Cube
Tape (optional) | Pumpkin Scatter
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!